This serves as notification from the Shore Protection Committee (SPC) and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from Jarrett Ouellette for a Shore Protection Act (SPA) Permit under O.C.G.A. 12-5-230 et. seq. for the construction of a pool at 3 7th Lane, Tybee Island, Chatham County, Georgia.
The SPC issued SPA Permit #296 on May 26, 2000 which authorized 930 square feet of impacts to the state’s SPA jurisdiction that included a portion of the covered porch and boardwalk to an existing dune platform.
The parcel is approximately 19,281.5 square feet (0.44 acres), of which, approximately 10,874.6 square feet (0.25 acres) is within SPA jurisdiction. Current impacts in jurisdiction include a portion of the existing 2-story single-family residence, paved patio and walkway, a second story deck and an elevated wooden walkway leading to a wooden dune platform, seaward of the residence. The remainder of the jurisdictional area is maintained lawn, naturally vegetated landscaping, and vegetated sand dunes.
The proposed project consists of the construction and maintenance of an L-shaped pool that will impact approximately 563.34 square feet of the State’s SPA jurisdiction that is currently maintained lawn. The existing permitted elevated wooden walkway will be removed. The existing dune platform will be maintained.
Jurisdictional impacts from the proposed and existing structures total 3,625 square feet (33%). Approximately 7,249 square feet (67%) of the state’s jurisdictional area will be retained or restored 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.
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 October 17, 2019 to Deb Barreiro, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, 185 Richard Davis Drive, Suite 104, Richmond Hill, Georgia, 31324.