15A NCAC 07H .0508      USE STANDARDS

Permits for development in designated fragile coastal natural or cultural resource areas will be approved upon finding that:

(1)           The proposed design and location will cause no major or irreversible damage to the stated values of a particular resource.  One or more of the following values must be considered depending upon the stated significance of the resource:

(a)           Development shall preserve the values of the individual resource as it functions as a critical component of a natural system.

(b)           Development shall not adversely affect the values of the resource as a unique scientific, associative, or educational resource.

(c)           Development shall be consistent with the aesthetic values of a resource as identified by the local government and citizenry.

(2)           No reasonable alternative sites are available outside the designated AEC.

(3)           Reasonable mitigation measures have been considered and incorporated into the project plan.  These measures shall include consultation with recognized authorities and with the CRC.

(4)           The project will be of equal or greater public benefit than those benefits lost or damaged through development.

(5)           Use standards will not address farming and forestry activities that are exempted in the definition of development (G.S. 113A‑103(5)a.4).


History Note:        Authority G.S. 113A‑107(a),(b); 113A‑113(b)(4e) to (b)(4h); 113A‑124;

Eff. September 9, 1977;

Amended Eff. February 1, 1982; June 1, 1979.