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AGENDA DECEMBER 10, 2012

**APPROVAL OF AGENDA.  

1.  MINUTES of previous meeting.

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.  RAM ISLAND ROD and GUNNING CLUB, INC., #12-1665, requests after-the-fact authorization for improvements to the house structure constructed on pilings in Back Bay in the Pungo area of Virginia Beach that now includes a 625 square foot second story with stairs, surrounding decking and piers, which measure 8-feet wide on the northern and eastern sides, 15-feet wide on the southern side, and 10-feet wide with two accompanying 10-foot wide by 24-foot long finger piers on the western side, as well as an 8-foot by 14-foot floating dock. Electric power is provided by an overhead line, on poles, that extends from the structure approximate 370 feet to a service pole at the upland near the end of Ship's Cabin Road.

6.  ANDERSON'S NECK OYSTER COMPANY (dba ANDERSON'S NECK, LLC) #12-0990, requests authorization to moor two Osterplexes, four floating upwellers and to deploy approximately 1,670 OysterGroTM floats, attached to 139 longlines, above their leased oyster ground associated with a proposed commercial oyster grow-out facility in Morris and Poropotank Bays in King and Queen and Gloucester Counties. The project is protested.

7.  MICHAEL CHALLONER, #12-1481, requests authorization to replace a failing 100 linear foot long timber bulkhead with a 100 foot long timber bulkhead in line with or immediately channelward of the existing bulkhead, install Class II stone armor on an existing concrete groin extending 56 feet channelward of the proposed bulkhead, install Class II stone toe protection on an existing concrete groin extending 40 feet channelward of the proposed bulkhead, replace a failed timber groin with a new timber groin extending 82 linear feet channelward of the proposed bulkhead, and place 138 cubic yards of sand along the shoreline as beach nourishment at his property situated along the James River at 15 Barclay Rd in the City of Newport News. The project requires a Subaqueous Permit and a Coastal Primary Sand Dune and Beach Permit.

8.  FAYE R. HOLLOWAY, JR., #2012-009, requests authorization to lease up to 170 acres of oyster planting grounds in the Piankatank River, near Berkley Island, in Middlesex County. The application is protested by an adjacent oyster ground leaseholder.

9.  FAYE R. HOLLOWAY, JR., #2012-017, requests authorization to lease up to 21 acres of oyster planting grounds in the Piankatank River, at the Twigg Ferry Road Bridge (Route 3), in Middlesex County. The application is protested by two adjacent oyster ground leaseholders.

10.  RECOGNITION OF BILL LAINE AND KYLE SCHICK.

11.  PUBLIC COMMENT.

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

13.  PUBLIC HEARING: Proposed amendments to Chapter 4 VAC20-900-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Horseshoe Crabs" to establish the 2013 annual quota, quota permit categories, limited entry, and transfer requirements.

14.  PUBLIC HEARING: Proposed amendments to Chapter 4 VAC20-610-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Commercial Fishing and Mandatory Harvest Reporting" to reclassify the current requirements for reporting and permitting of aquaculture product owners and harvesters.

15.  PUBLIC HEARING: Proposed amendments to Chapter 4 VAC20-252-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Striped Bass" to establish the 2013 recreational and commercial striped bass harvest quota, the commercial striped bass harvest season and quota transfer requirements. Proposed amendments to Chapter 4 VAC20-751-10 et seq., "Pertaining to the Setting and Mesh Size of Gill Nets" to establish the 2013 stretch mesh size exception time period.

16.  PUBLIC HEARING: Proposed amendments to Chapter 4 VAC 20-950-10 et seq. "Pertaining to Black Sea Bass" to establish the 2013 recreational season and commercial landing quota. 

17.  Richard Bradford: Appeal of decision to deny his exception to the two year waiting period for a Commercial Fisherman Registration License.

18.  POUND NETS: Mr. Arthur P. Bender of Cheriton, Virginia has applied to license a pound net at a new location in the lower eastern Chesapeake Bay. There are public comments in opposition to this new pound net location.

19.  REQUEST FOR PUBLIC HEARING: Proposed amendments to Chapter 4 VAC 20-260-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Designation of Seed Areas and Clean Cull Areas', to revise oyster culling and inspection procedures for Seaside of the Eastern Shore.


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

2A.  NORFOLK SOUTHERN CORPORTION, #12-1627, requests authorization to remove an existing railroad bridge over Clear Creek between Rose Avenue SE and 12th Street SE and construct in place a new 22-foot wide by 40-foot long clearspan trestle with riprap scour protection at milepost CV-464.01 in the City of Norton in Wise County. Recommend approval with our standard instream permit conditions, coordination with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to ensure avoidance of trout stocking and angling activities and an encroachment royalty in the amount of $630.00 for the encroachment of the new bridge over 315 square feet of State-owned subaqueous land at a rate of $2.00 per square foot.

2B.  CITY OF VIRGINIA BEACH DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS, #12-1169, requests authorization to remove and replace the Shore Drive - Lesner Bridge (U.S. Route 60) over the Lynnhaven Inlet in Virginia Beach. The new bridge will consist of four lanes and associated pedestrian pathways on both the eastbound and westbound structures and will be 117 feet wide by 1,528 feet long, of which 800 linear feet will be over State-owned bottom. There will be a vertical clearance of approximately 45 feet above the mean high water elevation of the existing federal navigational channel. In addition to annual maintenance dredging of the City's municipal channel at Crab Creek, approximately 5,000 cubic yards of State-owned submerged bottom will be mechanically dredged along Crab Creek and within the Inlet to allow for the creation of a staging basin at the City's Beach and Boat Ramp facility. Initial mechanical dredging adjacent to Crab Creek will be limited to a maximum depth of minus eight (-8) feet mean low water and to a time-of-year-restriction of October 1 - February 28 to protect shellfish and summer flounder. If necessary, additional maintenance dredging of Crab Creek outside of the time-of-year restriction may occur provided the City submits the requisite bathymetric surveys indicating shoaling. All sandy material dredged from Crab Creek and the Inlet will be offloaded at the staging basin and truck-hauled to the nearby Ocean Park beach for beach nourishment efforts landward of mean low water. The deconstructed bridge will be transported by barge to approved VMRC artificial reefs within the lower Chesapeake Bay. 

2C.  DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY, #12-1347, requests authorization to remove and replace the existing concrete boat ramp directly west of Pier 34 at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach. The new concrete ramp will consist of fixed slab and open-pile support sections with overall dimensions of 154 feet wide by 287 feet long, extending approximately 100 feet channelward of mean low water. A 12-foot wide by 66-foot long fixed concrete pier will be constructed down the center of the ramp including two, 4-foot by 36-foot gangways attaching to a 12-foot wide by 71-foot long floating tending pier. All ramp demolition and construction activities will occur within temporary sheet-pile design cofferdams. 

2D.  LYON SHIPYARD, INC., #12-1453, requests authorization to maintenance dredge 35,000 cubic yards of material by mechanical methods, on an as-needed basis, to achieve maximum navigable depths of minus twenty feet (-20) mean low water adjacent to their existing bulkhead and minus thirty-one (-31) feet mean low water within a 100-foot by 400-foot basin adjacent to their existing drydock facility at 307 Campostella Road situated along the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Norfolk. Dredged material will barged to the Craney Island Dredged Material Management Area (CIDMMA) and disposed of in the rehandling basin.


PAGE 3 ITEMS

NONE.

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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