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 11, 2012, through October 26, 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: Texas Department of Transportation – Corpus Christi District
Location: The project site is located between 135 and 166 feet from the bulkhead of the Port Aransas ferry landing; and between 135 and 166 feet from the bulkhead of the Harbor Island ferry landing within the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, Port Aransas, Nueces County, Texas. The project can be located on the USGS quadrangle map entitled: Port Aransas, Texas. NAD 83, Latitude: 27.8402 North; Longitude: 97.0693 West, and Latitude: 27.8436 North; Longitude: 97.0700 West.
Project Description: The applicant proposes to install five 19-pile clusters and five 23-pile clusters approximately 135 feet and 166 feet, respectfully, from the end of the existing Harbor Island ferry bulkhead in order to accommodate new ferry boats and improve the safety of the existing ferry landing. The piling clusters farthest from the bulkhead would be approximately 605 feet from the center of the main ship channel. No mitigation is planned for this project. The application has stated that they have avoided and minimized the environmental impacts by placing minimum amount of dolphin structures necessary to maintain adequate public safety at the two ferry landings. The project site conditions are currently open water and a concrete bulkhead with infrastructure which is being utilized as a ferry landing for vehicular traffic travelling between the communities or Port Aransas and Aransas Pass, Texas.
CMP Project No.: 13-0943-F1
Type of Application: U.S.A.C.E. permit application #SWG-2003-02165 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 Coastal Coordination Council 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, Coastal Coordination Council, 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.