Note (May 26, 2004): Executive Order 66 has
extended the deadlines referenced below. Reconstruction
under this emergency authorization must be commenced prior to December 31, 2004,
and completed prior to June 30, 2005
VMRC Adopts Specific Criteria to Help Property Owners Recover from Hurricane Isabel
For Immediate Use
Contact: Wilford Kale
NEWPORT NEWS, VA. - (October 14, 2003) The Virginia Marine Resources Commission has adopted specific criteria that will enable shoreline property owners to more quickly restore water structures damaged by Hurricane Isabel.
There are, however, four major requirements for owners to receive the expedited authorization: 1) An abbreviated permit request and certification MUST be filed with the agency, 2) the structure to be restored or reconstructed must have already been authorized and in serviceable condition immediately prior to the storm, 3) the structure must be the same size or smaller than the original, and (4) the restoration work must be initiated by January 1, 2004 and finished by June 30, 2004.
The action was taken "in an effort to address the impacts attributable to Hurricane Isabel on the healthy, safety and general welfare of the citizens of the Commonwealth, and in an attempt to expedite the return of impacted areas and structures to pre-event conditions insofar as is possible," the resolution stated.
Robert Grabb, VMRC Chief of Habitat Management, stressed that the emergency resolution was in keeping with existing state law and the intent of Emergency Order 56 issued earlier by Governor Mark Warner.
The required VMRC forms can be obtained from local wetlands boards or from the agency's habitat management division offices. The form can also be downloaded from the Agency web site. Click here to download the file in PDF format. Note the form requires the use of free Adobe Acrobat Reader software. If the form does not download when the link is clicked, you should download the free software from the Adobe web site at the following link: Adobe Acrobat Reader ver. 5.0 or above. Send email requests for forms to be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; include your name and mailing address. The form should be printed, completed, then mailed to the VMRC Habitat Management Division, 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607).