This serves as notification from the Shore Protection Committee and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from John A. Borchers for a Shore Protection Act (SPA) permit under Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A.) 12-5-230 et. seq. for the installation of an underground stormwater detention system, grading, and landscaping within the State’s SPA Jurisdiction, 107 East 28th Street, Sea Island, Glynn County, Georgia.
The applicant’s lot totals approximately 48,395 sq.ft. (1.11 acres) of which 11,813 sq.ft. (0.27 acres) is located within the State’s SPA jurisdiction. An existing house is located landward of SPA jurisdiction and the area within jurisdiction consists of a maintained lawn. An existing rock revetment is located immediately east of the subject lot.
The applicant proposes to install an underground stormwater detention system to relieve flooding of adjacent properties. The system consists of polypropylene and polyethylene storage tanks installed over filter fabric and a gravel base. Stormwater from roof runoff and stormwater inlets located within the property is directed to the storage tanks via underground pipes where it infiltrates into the ground. The installation of the underground stormwater detention system will require approximately 8,000 sq.ft. of temporary impacts within SPA jurisdiction.
Once the underground stormwater detention system is installed the yard will be graded to direct runoff into the inlet grates. The grading will require approximately 100 cu.yd. of cut and approximately 650 cu.yd. of additional fill to provide the contours necessary to direct runoff. Following completion of the grading the area will be grassed and landscaped with approximately 1,525 sq.ft. of native plantings and 10,260 sq.ft. of lawn. As proposed, 100 percent of the State’s SPA jurisdictional area will 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 Department of Natural Resources website: CoastalGaDNR.org under “Marsh & Shore Permits”. Please provide this office with substantive, site-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 and be submitted by the close of business on June 13, 2019 to Josh Noble, Department of Natural Resources, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, Georgia 31520.