This serves as notification from the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from the Chatham County for a Coastal Marshlands Protection Act (CMPA) Permit under O.C.G.A. 12-5-280 et. seq. to grade, fill, bulkhead and stabilize a portion of an existing drainage system adjacent to coastal marshlands associated with Tom Thumb Creek in the vicinity of Bradley Point Road, Chatham County, Georgia.
The applicant is proposing to construct a pedestrian sidewalk in the right of way associated with Bradley Point Road in an attempt to enhance public safety in adjacent residential and commercial areas. The sidewalk project will impact existing storm water drainage network adjacent to Bradley Point Road. The project impacts approximately 0.021 acres of coastal marshlands.
As proposed, the existing open, unimproved drainage channel will be impacted at two existing culverts. Grading and filling approximately 829sq.ft. (0.019 acres) and installing approximately 82sq.ft. (0.002 acres) of rip rap. Impacts to coastal marshlands from the proposed pedestrian sidewalk total approximately 911sq.ft. (0.021 acres) of coastal marshlands.
The upland component for the project is defined as the 25ft. sidewalk approaches to the marshland component totaling approximately 500sq.ft. Within the upland component, the existing road shoulders will be extended and graded as necessary to support the new sidewalk. The sidewalk will be properly graded so that stormwater flows to the side instead of directly to the marsh. The stormwater will be naturally treated by the vegetation within the adjacent road shoulder.
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. Impacts to coastal marshlands must be minimal in size. In passing upon the application for permit, the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee shall consider the public interest: (1) Whether or not unreasonably harmful obstruction to or alteration of the natural flow of navigational water within the affected area will arise as a result of the proposal; (2) Whether or not unreasonably harmful or increased erosion, shoaling of channels, or stagnant areas of water will be created; and (3) Whether or not the granting of a permit and the completion of the applicant’s proposal will unreasonably interfere with the conservation of fish, shrimp, oysters, crabs, clams, or other marine life, wildlife, or other resources, including but not limited to water and oxygen supply.
A detailed public notice with drawings has been distributed and is available by visiting the Division’s website: CoastalGaDNR.org under “Marsh & Shore Permits”.
Please provide this office with substantive, project-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 by the close of business March 17, 2017 to Deb Barreiro, Department of Natural Resources, 185 Richard Davis Drive, Suite 104, Richmond Hill, Georgia 31324.