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 May 14, through May 17, 2013. 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 June 5, 2013. The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on July 5, 2013.
FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:
Federal Agency: USACE-Galveston District
Galveston District Permit Setbacks along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway; Draft Policy Memorandum: The Galveston District is seeking public input on proposed changes to its permit setback policy along the Gulf Coast Intracoastal Waterway to specifically addresses the oversight of construction of structures and /or fill permits along the GIWW to increase safety and preserve the ability to maintain the waterway. A setback is the distance that a structure must be “set back” from the edge of the channel to ensure there are no encroachments in the navigable channel to support safe transportation and maintain sufficient clearance for dredging the channel. Setbacks are represented visually on Google Earth and may be downloaded.
The District established an interagency-team comprised of state and federal agency partners as well as commercial users of the GIWW to develop the proposed setback policy. Members of the team included the; Corps’ Area Offices and Regulatory Branch, U.S. Coast Guard, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas General Land Office, Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association, and numerous towing vessel operators.
CMP Project No.: 13-1162-F2
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. Sheri Land, Director, P.O. Box 12873, Austin, Texas 78711-2873, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments should be sent to Ms. Land at the above address or by email.