DATE: March 12, 2003
TO: The Wetlands Board
FROM: Darryl E. Cook, Environmental Director
SUBJECT: Case NO. W-02-03/VMRC 03-0032; 167 Riverview Plantation Drive
Mr. Jeff Watkins, of Riverworks Inc., on behalf of the owner, Mr. S.W. Stieffen, has applied for a wetland permit to install approximately 100 feet of riprap revetment to prevent future erosion. A 5' by 150' long pier, with a 16' by 16' L-head, 47-foot long catwalk, and a boat lift is also proposed to provide access to the York River. A protest has been lodged with VMRC regarding the pier, but no protest has been received regarding the revetment. The property is further identified as parcel (2-03) found on the James City County Real Estate Tax Map (17-3). The project site in question is located on the York River.
Environmental Division staff visited the site on February 21, 2003, along with representatives from VMRC and VIMS to discuss the project scope and potential impacts. Proposed impacts for this project are determined to be 700 square feet to the Type XV Sand /Mud Flat Community. Total fill impacts for this project are determined to be 350 square feet to the Type XV Sand /Mud Flat Community.
Distances between the toe of the proposed revetment and mean high water varies from six to eight feet. An average of seven was used to calculate the total area impacted of 700 square feet (7' x 100'). The westernmost edge of the proposal includes a ten-foot section of an existing riprap revetment on the property that will need to be modified.
It is the staff’s recommendation that the Board approve this application, with the following conditions:
- Prior to any land disturbing activities, a preconstruction meeting will be held on-site.
- The limits of construction shall be flagged in the field prior to the preconstruction meeting.
- All vegetation to be removed shall be clearly flagged or marked with spray paint prior to the preconstruction meeting.
- Any landward areas of the Resource Protection Area (RPA) buffer that are proposed to be cleared and disturbed during the construction process will require restoration with native vegetation consisting of trees, shrubs and ground cover. An RPA restoration plan with surety shall be submitted and approved by the Environmental Division prior to the preconstruction meeting.
- All vegetation to be removed for this project shall be approved by the Environmental Division prior to any land disturbance.
- The Environmental Division reserves the right to require a turbidity curtain for this project if field conditions warrant its use.
- All core stone used shall be number three stone and all armor stone shall be Class 2 riprap.
- Filter fabric shall be inspected by the Environmental Division prior to the placement of riprap.
- The permit shall expire March 12, 2004.
- If an extension of this permit is needed, a written request shall be submitted to the Environmental Division no later than two weeks prior to expiration date.