Contact: Michele Walker, 919-707-8604
N.C. Coastal Resources Commission to meet via conference call May 24
RALEIGH – The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission has scheduled a conference call for 10 a.m. May 24 to consider a variance request from a homeowners association in North Topsail Beach, N.C.
The Topsail Reef Homeowners Association, Inc. is requesting a variance to construct sandbag revetments that exceed the dimensions, bag size and location permitted by the commission’s rules.
The CRC’s rules limit sandbag structures to six feet in height and 20 feet in base width. The variance request seeks authorization to construct revetments up to 12 feet high, with a base width of between 40 feet and 45 feet. The commission’s rules also limit placement of sandbag structures to a maximum of 20 feet waterward of threatened structures. The variance seeks the commission’s permission to place the sandbags as much as 29 feet waterward of the structures. The homeowners association also seeks a variance from other technical issues related to the methods of installing the sandbags.
Informational materials for the variance request are available on the N.C. Division of Coastal Management’s website at http://dcm2.enr.state.nc.us/topsailreefvariance.pdf.
Interested parties can listen to the conference call at the division’s offices listed below:
Morehead City Headquarters, 400 Commerce Ave.
Wilmington Office, 127 Cardinal Drive Ext.
Elizabeth City Office, 1367 U.S. 17 South
Washington Office, 943 Washington Square Mall