Info meeting to focus on regulations for environmentally sensitive areas

by Bill Nachman - Posted on Oct 16, 2013 - 12:40 PM

An informational meeting to help developers and other owners of land in environmentally sensitive areas (ESAs) is set for Thursday, Nov. 7, from 1-4 p.m. at the Gloucester Library, Main Street Center.

The program is being held by Gloucester County’s Environmental Programs Division, in cooperation with the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and Army Corps of Engineers.

The program is aimed at developers as well as property owners, especially those who own waterfront homes, Gloucester’s environmental programs administrator Scott Rae said. ESAs are defined as a type of designation for an area that needs special protection because of its landscape or wildlife.

Speakers will include Alicia Riley of the Corps of Engineers, Chip Neikirk of VMRC and Rae.

They will describe areas that are influenced by tidal and nontidal wetlands, Rae said. The speakers will also discuss the permitting process for private piers and for onshore and offshore protective structures such as bulkheads and groins.

In addition, they will address the pre-application process available through the Army Corps, the linked permitting process for shoreline project access through the 100-foot Chesapeake Bay Resource Protection Area, and related topics.

Ron Owens, environmental inspector for Gloucester, said the program should be beneficial for a wide audience. These topics can be technical, Owens said, and the program will bring together officials from several agencies to explain the permitting process and the importance of these ESAs.

For more information, call 693-1217.