Notice and Opportunity to Comment on Requests for Consistency
Agreement/Concurrence Under the Texas Coastal Management Program
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 October 3, 2012, through October 10, 2012. 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 October 31, 2012. The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on November 30, 2012.
FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:
Applicant: Nueces County Coastal Parks
Location: The project is located on Stedman Island, along and adjacent to the southwest shoreline of the Channel to Aransas Pass and on the north side of State Highway (SH) 361, approximately 2.3 miles east of Aransas Pass, Nueces County, Texas. The project can be located on the U.S.G.S. quadrangle map entitled: Estes, Texas. NAD 83, Latitude: 27.890539 North; Longitude: -97.110310 West.
Project Description: The applicant proposes to amend their existing permit, SWG-2010-00635, which was issued on 31 March 2011 and authorized the improvement to the existing marina and park facility with the replacement of the existing bulkhead, removal of six existing piers, and grading of the existing parking area to increase the elevation. The proposed amendment would authorize a new lighted fishing pier which will consist of an 8- by 170-foot walkway with an 8- by 92-foot L-head that will be approximately 4 feet above the water with lighting to aid in recreational fishing, as well as lighting for navigation safety. The proposed amendment would also authorize the restoration of the existing boat ramp through the removal of approximately 39 cubic yards of rock debris and seagrass wrack from a 528-square-foot area, located below the mean high water and within the existing boat ramp, using a mechanical dredge. Lastly, the proposed amendment would also authorize the replacement of an existing derelict pier associated with the boat ramp with a new boat dock to act as a loading or attendant pier for boaters. The new loading dock will be 4 by 45 feet long and constructed 1.5 foot above mean high water. The applicant did not propose to mitigate for the proposed project because no fill impacts are associated with this request.
CMP Project No.: 12-0891-F1
Type of Application: U.S.A.C.E. permit application #SWG-2010-00635 is being evaluated under §10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S.C.A. §403).
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 Ms. Kate Zultner, Consistency Review Specialist, P.O. Box 12873, Austin, Texas 78711-2873, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments should be sent to Ms. Zultner at the above address or by email.