On December 6, 2013, the General Land Office (GLO), on behalf of the State of Texas, submitted a program change document for the Texas Coastal Management Program (CMP) to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM). Pursuant to the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) and applicable regulations, the GLO requested OCRM’s concurrence with the determination that the program changes are “routine program changes,” as that term is defined in 15 C.F.R. § 923.84.
Concurrent with notifying and submitting the routine program changes to OCRM, the GLO provided public notice of the submittal to the general public and affected parties (including local governments, state agencies, and relevant federal agencies) by posting a public notice on the GLO’s website, emailing stakeholders, and publishing a public notice in the December 6, 2013, issue of the Texas Register (38 TexReg 8943). The program change document has been available to the public since December 6, 2013. As stated in the prior public notice, a copy of the program change document may be obtained from the GLO (see contact information below) or downloaded from the GLO’s website: http://www.glo.texas.gov/what-we-do/caring-for-the-coast/grants-funding/cmp/
In a letter dated January 27, 2014, OCRM concurred with the GLO’s routine program changes determination and approved the incorporation of the changes as enforceable and non-enforceable policies of the CMP. OCRM also recognized the incorporation of changes to various statutes that the GLO included in the program change document. A comprehensive list of the approved program changes, which was an enclosure to OCRM’s concurrence letter, is available HERE.
The approved program changes do not add to or change the enforceable policies of the CMP in 31 TAC 501.10-501.34 (CMP Goals and Policies), with the exception of minor technical changes to 31 TAC §§501.10(a), 501.34(a)(4), and 501.16. The other changes are to Texas CMP statutory, regulatory, and enforcement authorities, which do not change the enforceable policies of the program.
This public notice is being published pursuant to 15 C.F.R. § 923.84(b)(4), which requires the Texas CMP to provide public notice of OCRM’s concurrence. Upon publication of this notice, Federal Consistency will apply to the approved changes to the enforceable policies.
For more information on this matter, or to request a copy of OCRM’s concurrence letter, please contact Sheri Land, Director, Coastal Resources, Texas General Land Office, P.O. Box 12873, Austin, Texas 78711-2873, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.