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Notice: Notice and Opportunity to Comment on Requests for Consistency - Seadrift Ranch Partners


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April 04, 2014

April 04, 2014 17:00PM

Coastal Coordination Council



On January 10, 1997, the State of Texas received federal approval of the Coastal Management Program (CMP) (62 Federal Register pp. 1439-1440). Under federal law, federal agency activities and actions affecting the Texas coastal zone must be consistent with the CMP goals and policies identified in 31 TAC Chapter 501. Requests for federal consistency review were deemed administratively complete for the following project(s) during the period of February 10, 2014 through March 31, 2014.  As required by federal law, the public is given an opportunity to comment on the consistency of proposed activities in the coastal zone undertaken or authorized by federal agencies.  Pursuant to 31 TAC §§506.25, 506.32, and 506.41, the public comment period extends 30 days from the date published on the Texas General Land Office web site. The notice was published on the web site on Friday, April 4, 2014.  The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 5, 2014.

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:

Applicant:  Seadrift Ranch Partners

Location:  The project site is located on San Antonio Bay and the Victoria Barge Canal, south of Swan Point Park and Seadrift, in Calhoun County, Texas. The site can be located on the U.S.G.S. quadrangle map titled: MOSQUITO POINT, Texas.

LATITUDE & LONGITUDE (NAD 83):  Latitude: 28.36868 N, Longitude: - 96.69945 W - North side of Project; Latitude: 28.31870  N, Longitude: - 96.70132 W - South side of Project.

Project Description:   The applicant proposes to construct a marina and a series of canals that access San Antonio Bay and the Victoria Barge Canal. Two channels would connect the inland canals to San Antonio Bay and the Victoria Barge Canal. One channel is an access channel for small to medium vessels. The other channel is a flushing channel. The access channel is connected to the Victorian Barge Canal, through whooping crane critical habitat, and is located adjacent to an existing Corps disposal area. The flushing canal is connected to San Antonio Bay. According to the applicant, the residential property, marinas and inland canals, and access channels would avoid impacts to wetlands, seagrass, and oyster beds. The flushing channel excavation would impact 305 square feet of fringe wetlands and 155 square feet of seagrass. Excavated material will be placed on the uplands. A 111-acre predominantly upland conservation easement will be granted to the Nature Conservancy to offset the loss of whooping crane critical habitat.

CMP Project No: 14-1373-F1

Type of Application:  U.S.A.C.E. permit application #SWG-2007-00310. This application will be reviewed pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.

Pursuant to §306(d)(14) of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (16 U.S.C.A. §§1451-1464), as amended, interested parties are invited to submit comments on whether a proposed action or activity is or is not consistent with the Texas Coastal Management Program goals and policies and whether the action should be referred to the Land Commissioner for review.

Further information on the applications listed above, including a copy of the consistency certifications or consistency determinations for inspection may be obtained from Mr. Ray Newby, P.O. Box 12873, Austin, Texas 78711-2873, or via email at federal.consistency@glo.texas.gov.  Comments should be sent to Mr. Newby at the above address or by email.


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Contacts

Kate Zultner
Consistency Review Specialist
Kate Zultner