(a)  The CRC recognizes that absolute safety from the destructive forces indigenous to the Atlantic shoreline is an impossibility for development located adjacent to the coast.  The loss of life and property to these forces, however, can be greatly reduced by the proper location and design of structures and by care taken in prevention of damage to natural protective features particularly primary and frontal dunes.  Therefore, it is the CRC's objective to provide management policies and standards for ocean hazard areas that serve to eliminate unreasonable danger to life and property and achieve a balance between the financial, safety, and social factors that are involved in hazard area development.

(b)  The purpose of these Rules shall be to further the goals set out in G.S. 113A‑102(b), with particular attention to minimizing losses to life and property resulting from storms and long‑term erosion, preventing encroachment of permanent structures on public beach areas, preserving the natural ecological conditions of the barrier dune and beach systems, and reducing the public costs of inappropriately sited development.  Furthermore, it is the objective of the Coastal Resources Commission to protect present common‑law and statutory public rights of access to and use of the lands and waters of the coastal area.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 113A‑107(b); 113A‑113(b)(6) a.; 113A‑113(b)(6) b.;113A‑113(b)(6)d.; 113A‑124;

Eff. September 9, 1977;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1992; December 1, 1991; September 1, 1985; February 2, 1981.