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AGENDA September 25, 2012

**APPROVAL OF AGENDA.  

1.  MINUTES of previous meeting/Approval of a correction to the June 2012 meeting minutes.

2.  PERMITS (Projects over $500,000 with no objections and with staff recommendation for approval).

3.  CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS.

4.  CLOSED MEETING FOR CONSULTATION WITH, OR BRIEFING BY COUNSEL.

5.  YANKEE POINT RACING AND CRUISING CLUB, #12-0018, requests authorization to construct a 70-foot long pier with a 50-foot L-head adjacent to leased property on Meyer Creek at 734 Oak Hill Road in Lancaster County for transient use by club members.  The project is protested by one adjacent property owner and several nearby property owners, as well as the owners of the Yankee Point Sailboat Marina. 

6.  COLUMBIA GAS OF VIRGINIA, #12-0606, requests authorization to dredge 23,146 cubic yards of State-owned submerged land during a one-time dredging event and to restore the site to its pre-dredge bathymetry with certified clean sand to complete the environmental remediation of the former manufactured gas plant (MGP) site adjacent to the Swimming Point neighborhood situated on the Elizabeth River in Portsmouth.  The project is protested by an adjacent property owner.

7.  MT. BLANCO PARK ASSOCIATION INC., #12-1000, requests authorization to install a 200 square foot concrete boat ramp creating impacts to 170 square feet of vegetated and non-vegetated tidal wetlands for the Mount Blanco Park Association community boat ramp on property situated along the James River at 12100 Sloan Drive in Chesterfield County.  A Wetlands Permit is required.

8.   COASTAL PRECAST SYSTEMS, #12-1189, requests authorization to install a bulkhead, mooring dolphins, concrete piers, and to conduct new work dredging and maintenance dredging for the construction of a new travel lift system adjacent to their facility at 1316 Yacht Drive situated on the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake.  The project will require both Subaqueous and Wetlands permits.

9.  DAVID and LEE-ANN FICK, (t/a Nandua Oyster Co., LLC), #12-0581, request authorization to change the use of their pier and boathouse from private use to commercial to facilitate their oyster aquaculture operations along Nandua Creek at 13348 Full Measure Lane in the Pungoteague area of Accomack County.  The applicants have also requested to retain a 20-foot by 8-foot floating upweller, a 29.5-foot by 17.3-foot platform and construct an open-sided roof structure over the platform that will include an upweller tank and grading equipment. 

10.  RAM ISLAND ROD AND GUNNING CLUB, INC., Notice to Comply #12-03 to Lloyd C. Riggs Jr.  Briefing regarding title information and Commission jurisdiction over use of subaqueous bottom in Back Bay in the Pungo area of Virginia Beach related to the expansion of the Ram Island Rod and Gunning Club, Inc., structure including a second story, power poles, power line and attached decking and piers. 

11.  PUBLIC COMMENTS.

12.  REQUEST FOR AN OCTOBER 30, 2012 PUBLIC HEARING ON BLUE CRAB FISHERY AND MANAGEMENT ISSUES:  (1) Staff- recommended closure of the crab dredge fishery for the 2012-2013 season (4VAC20-1140-20 et seq., "Pertaining to Prohibition of Crab Dredging in Virginia Waters");  (2) Extension of the 2012 crab pot season and recommended bushel limits for conservation equivalency (4VAC20-270-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Crabbing");  (3) Conformity of blue crab closed harvest seasons within sanctuary areas (4VAC20-752-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Blue Crab Sanctuaries" and 4VAC20-1210-10 et seq., "Pertaining to a Blue Crab Sanctuary");  (4) Proposed regulation to restrict commercial crabbing activities in the Albemarle watershed to crab pots and peeler pots. 

13.  RECOMMENDATION:  Consideration of the recommendations of the Recreational Fishing Advisory Board and the Commercial Fishing Advisory Board.

14.  REQUEST FOR PUBLIC HEARING:  Proposed amendments to 4VAC 20-960-10 et seq. "Pertaining to Tautog" to adjust the commercial and recreational management measures for the 2013 season. 

15.  POUND NETS: Mr. Curtis A. Heath of Townsend, Virginia, has applied to license and locate a pound net at new locations in the lower eastern Chesapeake Bay.  There are public comments in opposition to this new pound net location. 

16.  VIRGINIA INSTITUTE OF MARINE SCIENCE:  Presentation of Dr. Bob Orth's annual review of the status of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation.

17.  FAILURE TO REPORT- Robert R. Grasty.



PAGE 2 ITEMS (Projects over $500,000 with no objections and with staff recommendation for approval).

2A.  CITY OF NORFOLK, #12-0666, requests authorization to remove seven existing timber groins and install seven breakwaters, with maximum dimensions of 180 feet long by approximately 40 feet wide, to relocate one existing breakwater and rehabilitate a terminal groin, and to place 40,500 cubic yards of sandy material landward of the breakwater as beach nourishment between 8th View Street and Lea View Avenue situated along Chesapeake Bay in the City of Norfolk. 

2B.  U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS and CITY OF VIRGINIA BEACH, #12-0967, request authorization to maintenance dredge the Rudee Inlet federal navigational channel connecting Lake Rudee and Lake Wesley to the Atlantic Ocean in Virginia Beach. Dredging will occur either by hydraulic or hopper-dredge methods on an as-necessary basis, with sidecast dredging utilized as an emergency measure.  The entrance channel portion will be dredged to maximum depths of -14 feet mean lower low water and the sand trap portion dredged to maximum depths of -20 feet mean lower low water.  Approximately 350,000 cubic yards of sandy spoils dredged annually from the federal navigational channel will be hydraulically pumped to the resort beach area, or released/placed in the near-shore beach area, north of Rudee Inlet. 

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3A.  GARY WOJCIECHOWSKI, #12-0926, requests after-the-fact authorization to retain a 10-foot by 15-foot floating dock and to install 52.5 linear feet of 5-foot wide finger pier and 33-foot by 16-foot open sided roof to create a covered boat slip on an existing private pier along the Poquoson River at 12 Bayview Drive in the City of Poquoson. 

VMRC DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES; THEREFORE, IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS DUE TO A DISABILITY, PLEASE ADVISE JANE MCCROSKEY (757-247-2215) NO LATER THAN FIVE WORK DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETING DATE AND IDENTIFY YOUR NEEDS.

FISHERY MANAGEMENT ITEMS WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THE HABITAT MANAGEMENT PROJECTS ON THIS AGENDA.

 

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