This serves as notification from the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee (CMPC) and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from Bluffside at Country Creek Home Owners Association, Inc. for a Coastal Marshlands Protection Act (CMPA) Permit under O.C.G.A. 12-5-280 et. seq. to construct and maintain a crabbing and fishing dock in the State’s CMPA jurisdiction for residents of Bluffside at Country Club Creek Subdivision, 5150 Jasmine Avenue, Chatham County, Georgia. The project is less than 1/10 of an acre and is considered a minor alteration of coastal marshlands under O.C.G.A. 12-5-280 et. seq.
The site currently consists of an existing dock and boat ramp. The wooden walkway, fixed deck, ramp, float, pilings and boat ramp will be removed as part of this proposed project. The applicant is proposing the construction and maintenance of an “L” shaped crabbing and fishing pier that commences from Common Area #4. The facility consists of a 76ft. X 6ft. pile supported walkway that terminates at a 20ft. X 6ft. fixed deck. The entire structure will extend approximately 20ft. seaward at a point where Country Club Creek is approximately 70ft. wide at Mean Low Water (MLW). The terminal end of the pier will be constructed 29ft. from the extended property line to the south and 26ft. from the extended property line to the north. The proposed structure will provide residents of Bluffside at Country Club Creek Subdivision a water-dependent recreational opportunity. Proposed impacts for the project total approximately 576 square feet or 0.01 acre. The applicant has stated that the upland component for this project includes a pervious access corridor for residents to utilize the facility.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to demonstrate that the project is not contrary to the public interest and that no feasible alternative sites exist. Impacts to coastal marshlands must be minimal in size. In passing upon the application for permit, the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee shall consider the public interest: (1) Whether or not unreasonably harmful obstruction to or alteration of the natural flow of navigational water within the affected area will arise as a result of the proposal; (2) Whether or not unreasonably harmful or increased erosion, shoaling of channels, or stagnant areas of water will be created; and (3) Whether or not the granting of a permit and the completion of the applicant’s proposal will unreasonably interfere with the conservation of fish, shrimp, oysters, crabs, clams, or other marine life, wildlife, or other resources, including but not limited to water and oxygen supply.
Please provide this office with substantive, project-specific comments as to why the proposed work should or should not proceed. Comments and questions concerning this proposed project should be submitted in writing by the close of business May 11, 2018 to Deb Barreiro, Department of Natural Resources, 185 Richard Davis Drive, Suite 104, Richmond Hill, Georgia 31324.