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DNREC Seeks Comment on Proposed Changes to Beach Use Regulations

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DOVER, Del. – DNREC is holding a public hearing next month regarding proposed changes to Delaware’s beach use regulations.

The proposals include legislative changes to the Beach Protection Act, increase effectiveness of the state’s Coastal Construction Program and improve DNREC’s protection of the beach and dune system.

Notable proposed changes to the state’s regulations governing beach protection and use of beaches include:

  • Formal approvals for construction activities on lots between the Mean High Waterline and the first public road are currently required. The Beach Preservation Act and proposed regulations define a “Regulated Area,” which would require formal approval for construction activities for the first three buildable lots landward of the Mean High Waterline. This will expand the number of lots required to get approval in some areas and reduce it in others.

  • Due to recent amendments to the Beach Preservation Act, proposed regulations direct DNREC to consider the effects of beach nourishment when existing houses located seaward of the Building Line are being reconstructed after being destroyed by an “Act of God or other accidental event.”

  • Placement and approval of temporary structures are directly addressed in the proposed regulations. The placement of temporary structures related to an event lasting 72 hours or less will be exempt from getting approval.

  • The four-step process for designing dwellings seaward of the Building Line to minimize encroachment onto beach and dunes, which is currently Department policy, is incorporated into the proposed regulations.

The public meeting will take place at 10 a.m. on November 7 at the Lewes Fire Department, Station 2.

Anyone interested in presenting statements at the public hearing are asked to register in advance by contacting, Shoreline & Waterway Management Section, Division of Watershed Stewardship, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, or by calling 302-739-9921.

Written comments can also be submitted for the hearing record to Hearing Officer, DNREC, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901.

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