5 7th st. LLC, June 6, 2024 Construction and Maintenance of a Residential Pool, Fence, and Landscaping at an Existing Single-Family Residence, #5 7th Street, Tybee Island, Chatham County, Georgia

Chatham County, Georgia

This serves as notification from the Shore Protection Committee (SPC) and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from 5 7th st. LLC for a Shore Protection Act (SPA) Permit under O.C.G.A. 12-5-230 et seq. to construct and maintain a residential pool, fence, and landscaping at an existing single-family residence located at #5 7th Street, Tybee Island, Chatham County, Georgia.

The applicant’s property is approximately 19,503sq.ft. (0.44 acre), of which 8,851sq.ft. (0.20 acre) is located within the state’s SPA jurisdiction. The area within SPA jurisdiction consists of an existing 4ft. x 18ft. sidewalk (72sq.ft.; 0.001 acre), maintained lawn (2,271sq.ft.; 0.05 acre), and vegetated sand dunes (6,580sq.ft.; 0.15 acre). The sidewalk will be removed as part of the project.

The applicant proposes to improve the existing outdoor living space immediately seaward of the recently relocated historical residence by constructing and maintaining a 15ft. x 40ft. swimming pool and pool deck, of which approximately 145sq.ft. (0.003acre) will be in SPA jurisdiction and associated fence (25sq.ft.; 0.0001acre). Impacts to SPA jurisdiction for the proposed hardscape components of the project total approximately 170sq.ft. (0.004 acre).

The remainder of the outdoor living area within in SPA jurisdiction will be landscaped using native vegetation (2,101sq.ft.; 0.048acre).

Temporary impacts associated with site preparation and construction include the use of heavy equipment to clear, grade, and to construct the swimming pool. Where appropriate, existing vegetation will be removed from the area, soil will be amended, and native vegetation will be installed landward of the toe of the dune. A private dune crosswalk is not proposed. The 7th Street public access dune crosswalk is located adjacent to the property driveway.

As proposed, permanent impacts to the SPA jurisdictional area will total approximately 170sq.ft.  Approximately 8,681sq.ft. (98%) of the State’s jurisdictional area will be retained or improved to a more natural vegetated and topographic state.

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. In passing upon the application for permit, the permit issuing authority shall consider the public interest which for purposes of this part shall be deemed to be the following considerations:  (1) Whether or not unreasonably harmful, increased alteration of the dynamic dune field or submerged lands, or function of the sand-sharing system will be created; (2) Whether or not the granting of a permit and the completion of the applicant's proposal will unreasonably interfere with the conservation of marine life, wildlife, or other resources; and (3) Whether or not the granting of a permit and the completion of the applicant's proposal will unreasonably interfere with reasonable access by and recreational use and enjoyment of public properties impacted by the project.

A detailed public notice with drawings has been distributed and is available by visiting the Division's website: CoastalGaDNR.org under “Public Notices”.

Please provide this office with substantive, site-specific comments as to why the proposed project should or should not proceed. Comments and questions concerning the proposed project should be submitted in writing by the close of business on July 5, 2024 to Deb Barreiro, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, One Conservation Way, Suite 104, Brunswick, Georgia, 31520 or via email at deb.barreiro@dnr.ga.gov

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