The NC Coastal Resources Commission will conduct eight public hearings during August and September on a proposal to incorporate updated long-term average annual erosion rates into the stateâ€™s oceanfront development rules.
Hearings will take place in each of the eight coastal counties that contain ocean shoreline.
The schedule is as follows:
Â· 5 p.m. Aug. 28 â€“ New Hanover County Government Center, 230 Government Center Drive, Wilmington
Â· 5 p.m. Aug. 29 â€“ Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center, 75A Clubhouse Road, Sunset Beach
Â· 2 p.m. Sept. 5 â€“ Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department, 215 Back Road, Ocracoke
Â· 5 p.m. Sept. 6 â€“ NC Division of Coastal Management, 400 Commerce Ave., Morehead City
Â· 3 p.m. Sept. 11 â€“ Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, 1160 Village Lane, Corolla
Â· 7 p.m. Sept. 11 â€“ Kill Devil Hills Town Hall, 102 Town Hall Drive, Kill Devil Hills
Â· 3 p.m. Sept. 13 â€“ Surf City Town Hall, 241 North New River Drive, Surf City
Â· 5 p.m. Sept. 18 â€“ North Topsail Beach City Hall, 2008 Loggerhead Court, North Topsail Beach.
A long-term average annual erosion rate is based on the average amount of erosion that occurs each year over a period of about 50 years. By measuring movement of the ocean shoreline over a long period of time, the NC Division of Coastal Management is able to develop a more accurate representation of the net shoreline change, taking into account normal shoreline movement, beach renourishment and storms.
Dredging Today Staff, August 15, 2012