Coastal Resources Commission Meeting

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The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission will meet later this month in Greenville to address several important issues.

The state regulatory body will meet November. 29th and 30th, at the City Hotel and Bistro in Greenville.

The meetings are open to the public and will address the following:

*Beach and Inlet Management Plan Update (11:30 a.m. Thursday) - Coastal Management staff will update the commission on the progress of DENR's Beach and Inlet Management Plan.

*Sand Ownership/Rights of Access (Implementation & Standards Committee, 1:30 p.m. Thursday) - Coastal Management staff will discuss how state and federal governments manage submerged lands resources, with regard to sand ownership and coastal municipalities' ability to remove sand for beach nourishment projects.

*Land Use Plan Certifications (Planning & Special Issues Committee, 1:30 p.m. Thursday) - Commissioners will consider certification of CAMA Land Use Plans for Brunswick County; the towns of Carolina Beach, Southport, Indian Beach and Kure Beach; and the city of Washington.

*Sea Level Rise and CRC Legal Authorities (9:15 a.m. Friday) - Coastal Management staff will examine the CRC's federal and state authority to manage North Carolina's coast for the unique challenges of sea level rise.

*CAMA and Takings Issues (9:15 a.m. Friday) - Dave Owens, professor of public law and government, UNC School of Government, will discuss property takings issues related to CRC rules and CAMA.

*Variance Requests and Contested Case Hearings (9 a.m. Thursday) - The commission will hear requests for variances from the state's coastal management rules, and will hear two contested cases.

The meetings begin Thursday at 8:30 a.m. and Friday at 8 a.m.