The Division of Coastal Management works to protect, conserve and manage North
Carolina's coastal resources through an integrated program of planning, permitting,
education and research.
DCM's vision for the North Carolina coast
A healthy, diverse and economically sound coastal environment for the enjoyment and
benefit of citizens and visitors, achieved through a model program using partnerships,
education and the best science to shape publicly supported policies and decisions.
DCM's core values
Work Ethic Provide the highest level of service to our
customers, partners and co-workers with pride, integrity and respect.
Education Use every opportunity to increase awareness,
knowledge and understanding of coastal issues, ecology, and resources.
Excellence Committed to the highest quality products and
services through innovation, efficiency and continuous evaluation of program
Productive Partnerships Using teams and other appropriate
means, collaborate with federal, state and local governments, organizations, businesses
and individuals to successfully achieve common goals.
Stewardship Manage natural resources in an informed and
intelligent manner that balances multiple uses with a long-term perspective on
Catalyst for Innovation and Change Stimulate new thinking,
greater stakeholder involvement, supportive research and effective planning to achieve
sustainability of coastal resources.
Strategic planning focus for next three to five years
Coastal hazards / beachfront management
CAMA permit-tracking database for DENR accountability and cumulative & secondary
Education and outreach for Coastal Reserves, land-use planning and regulatory program
Interim objectives & initiatives
Improve plans and databases on coastal hazards.
Improve wetlands management tools.
Support implementation of local government land-use plans developed under CAMA
Enact internal process improvements.
Ensure opportunities for citizens and tourists to learn about, access and use coastal
DCM program-enhancement obligations to NOAA
Enhance coastal hazards program through rulemaking, technology and planning.
Change the wetlands program by developing new methods, incorporating wetland mitigation
banking into the Coastal Management Program, and revising the mitigation policy.
Develop guidelines for considering cumulative and secondary impacts, and develop
Support coastal nonpoint-source pollution control program.