The Coastal Resources Commission, or CRC, was created when the
General Assembly adopted the Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) in 1974.
establishes policies for the N.C. Coastal Management Program and adopts implementing rules
for both CAMA and the N.C. Dredge and Fill Act. The commission designates areas of
environmental concern, adopts rules and policies for coastal development within those
areas, and certifies local land-use plans.
The CRC consists of 13 members appointed by the Governor, the Speaker of the House, and the Senate President Pro Tempore. Eleven of the 13 members must
have experience in a particular area of expertise, including land development, coastal engineering, marine science, coastal-related business,
local government, coastal agriculture, commercial fishing, coastal forestry, sports fishing, and wildlife. Two members may be "at-large."
The Division of Coastal Management, in the Department of Environment and Natural
Resources, provides staffing services to the CRC, implements CRC rules and issues CAMA