15A NCAC 07H .0101      INTRODUCTION

(a)  One of the basic purposes of North Carolina's Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA or the act) is to establish a state management plan that is capable of rational and coordinated management of coastal resources.  The act recognizes that the key to more effective protection and use of the land and water resources of the coast is the development of a coordinated approach to resource management.  The Coastal Area Management Act provides two principal mechanisms to accomplish this purpose.  First, the formulation of local land use plans articulating the objectives of local citizens and translating these objectives into future desired land use patterns; and second, the designation of areas of environmental concern for the protection of areas of statewide concern within the coastal area.

(b)  Both the development of local land use plans and the designation and regulation of critical resource areas contribute to rational management by encouraging local and state governments to exercise their full authorities over coastal resources and to express their management goals in a comprehensible and uniform manner.  Local objectives benefit through their incorporation into a state management scheme, and the statewide objectives of resource protection and development benefit through an integrated and comprehensive management approach.  It is the purpose of the state guidelines to ensure this uniformity and consistency in the local land use plans and the regulation of critical resource areas, or areas of environmental concern (AECs), through the establishment of unified policies, criteria, standards, methods, and processes.

(c)  These state guidelines are designed to provide individuals and governmental agencies with a complete statement of the uniform policies and standards adopted by the Coastal Resources Commission (CRC or the Commission) for areas of environmental concern, as mandated by the act.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 113A‑101; 113A‑102; 113A‑124(c)(5);

Eff. September 9, 1977.