Frederica Estates, LLC
Change of Use and Modification of a Private Recreational Dock to a Community Dock, Frederica River, Glynn County, Georgia
This serves as notification from the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from Frederica Estates, LLC for a Coastal Marshlands Protection Act (CMPA) permit under Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A.) 12-5-280 et seq., to change the use and modify an existing single-family private recreational dock located at 356 Pikes Bluff Drive, Lot 203, on the Frederica River, Glynn County, Georgia. The proposed project is under 1/10 of an acre, and therefore may be considered a minor alteration of coastal marshlands under O.C.G.A. 12-5-280 et. seq.
The applicant proposes to modify the existing single-family private recreational dock and change the use to a community dock. The proposed project will serve 21 lots in the Frederica Estates community.
The existing single-family private recreational dock was authorized February 2, 2007 and consists of a 6ft. x 195ft. (1,170sq.ft.) walkway leading to a 19.7ft. x 19.8ft. (390sqft.) covered fixed deck. To the West of the covered fixed deck is a 6ft. x 8ft. (48sq.ft.) landing with a 3.5ft. x 24ft. (84sq.ft.) ramp extending to the South to access a 10ft. x 30ft. (300sq.ft.) floating dock. To the East of the floating dock is a 17ft. x 33ft. (561sq.ft.) covered boat hoist which is serviced by a 6ft. x 39ft. (234sq.ft.) catwalk. The dock extends approximately 40ft. into the waterway at a point where the waterway is 272ft. at mean low water (MLW). Total impacts to coastal marshlands from the existing dock are 2,787sq.ft.
The applicant proposes to modify the existing structure by converting the existing boat hoist into a fixed deck and extending a 3.5ft. x 24ft. (84sq.ft.) ramp to the North to access a 10ft. x 150ft. (1,500sq.ft.) floating dock. This floating dock will extend across Lot 202 to the North and be approximately 162ft. South of the Northern property line. The modified structure will extend approximately 71ft. into the waterway at a point where the waterway is 258ft. wide at MLW. The proposed project will impact approximately 4,371sq.ft. (0.10 acres) of coastal marshlands.
The proposed structure is considered a Tier Three Community Dock in accordance with O.C.G.A. 391-2-3-03 “Regulation of Marinas, Community Docks and Commercial Docks.”
The property is 53,940sq.ft. of which approximately 13,954sq.ft. is within the 50ft. CMPA buffer. The upland component of the project is 6,511sq.ft. and consists of an existing wooden walkway (41sq.ft.), a proposed 6ft. x 121ft. pervious walkway (726sq.ft.) leading to a pervious access road and parking area (5,522sq.ft.), and a 6ft. x 17ft. pervious walkway (102sq.ft.) leading to an onshore restroom facility (120sq.ft.).
Permanent structures proposed within the 50ft. CMPA buffer include the existing wooden walkway (41sq.ft.) and a 6ft. x 56ft. (336sq.ft.) portion of the pervious walkway. The upland component will be 2% impervious. Stormwater from the upland component will be treated by a stormwater inlet and piped back into the existing Pikes Bluff Drive stormwater system.
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 applicants 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.
A detailed public notice with drawings has been distributed and is available by visiting the Department of Natural Resources website: CoastalGaDNR.org under “Public Notices.” 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 August 21, 2022 to Dillon Richter, Department of Natural Resources, One Conservation Way, Georgia 31520 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.