This serves as notification from the Shore Protection Committee and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from 1016-1020 Beachview, LLC for the modification of Shore Protection Act (SPA) Permit #453 under Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A.) 12-5-230 et. seq. for modification of the residence footprint, driveway, walkways, property fence, non-native and native landscape areas, and installation of temporary construction fencing within the State’s SPA Jurisdiction, at 1016 and 1020 Beachview Drive, Lots 36 and 37, St. Simons Island, Glynn County, Georgia.
SPA Permit #453 was issued on August 22, 2017 to 1016-1020 Beachview, LLC to construct a single family private residence, driveway, walkway, pool, pool deck, and fence; maintain an existing rock revetment; and landscaping and dunescaping. The activities authorized by SPA Permit #453 have not been conducted.
The applicant’s lot is approximately 15,073 square feet (0.346 acres) which is located entirely within the State’s SPA jurisdiction. The lot currently consists of maintained lawn, a parking easement, and a rock revetment. The parking easement allows for overflow parking for Sea Gate Inn located immediately across Beachview Drive. The applicant is proposing to preserve the rights of this easement with no structural improvements to the area.
The applicant’s proposed modification includes reducing the footprint of the residence. The authorized residence footprint is 4,445 sq.ft. while the revised footprint is 3,264 sq.ft. (a decrease of 1,290 sq.ft.). The driveway and walkway have been revised to cover 2,411 sq.ft. (an increase of 784 sq.ft.). The swimming pool and pool deck authorized in SPA #453 have been removed from the site plan. The total lawn and native landscaped areas have not changed (4,802 sq.ft.) but have been reconfigured. Other proposed modifications include a property fence (78 sq.ft.), stair landing area (53 sq.ft.), reshaping and resizing of the owner landscape beds (2,312 sq.ft.), and a temporary construction fence, which will be installed at the site during the construction period and will be removed at the completion of construction. The dunescape area (967 sq.ft.), rock revetment maintenance, and the parking area (1,068 sq.ft) authorized under SPA#453 will remain as authorized. In addition to the maintenance of the existing rock revetment, the applicant proposes to remove the existing small riprap stone that forms the rock revetment crest and replace it with (3) Man Type 1 Armor Stones (838 sq.ft.).
As proposed, the total jurisdictional impacts of the proposed hardscape are the same as the previously authorized impacts and would be approximately 10,024 sq.ft. (67%). Approximately, 5,049 sq.ft. (33%) of the State’s jurisdictional area will be retained or improved to a more natural vegetated and topographic state.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to demonstrate that the project is not contrary to the public interest and that no feasible alternative sites exist. In passing upon the application for permit, the permit issuing authority shall consider the public interest which for purposes of this part shall be deemed to be the following considerations: (1) Whether or not unreasonably harmful, increased alteration of the dynamic dune field or submerged lands, or function of the sand-sharing system will be created; (2) Whether or not the granting of a permit and the completion of the applicant's proposal will unreasonably interfere with the conservation of marine life, wildlife, or other resources; and (3) Whether or not the granting of a permit and the completion of the applicant's proposal will unreasonably interfere with reasonable access by and recreational use and enjoyment of public properties impacted by the project.
Please provide this office with substantive, site-specific comments as to why the proposed work should or should not proceed. Comments and questions concerning this proposed project should be submitted in writing and be submitted by the close of business on October 26, 2018 to Jordan Dodson, Department of Natural Resources, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, Georgia 31520.