The proposed project consists of a total of 0.37 acres of excavation impacts to tidelands critical areas on a property on Point Farm Road, Wadmalaw Island, SC and is being evaluated under an individual critical area permit application. The applicant, Point Farm MB, LLC, is proposing to impact these critical areas in order perform the activities necessary to enhance and restore former tidal salt marshes. Specifically, the proposed enhancement activities consist of removing a berm and constructing a tidal channel to connect to the existing tidal streambed restoring a 17.36-acre jurisdictional saltwater pond to tidal saltmarsh for 0.14 acres of critical area impacts. The proposed restoration activities consist of removing a berm and constructing a tidal channel in order to restore 10.14 acres of jurisdictional freshwater and brackish water impoundments to tidal saltmarsh for 0.23 acres of critical area impacts. This project is being reviewed for critical area impacts pursuant to the Coastal Tidelands and Wetlands Act and the Critical Area Permitting Regulations and Policies within the South Carolina Coastal Zone Management Plan.
In-Person Public Hearing
DHEC will host an in-person public hearing to receive comments on the proposed Point Farm MB, LLC Critical Area Permit Application on Monday, November 8, 2021 at 6:00 pm. The public hearing will be held at the Wadmalaw Island Community Center located at 5605 Katy Hill Road, Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487. All social distancing guidelines will be followed and attendees are strongly encouraged to wear masks.
Virtual Public Hearing
DHEC held a virtual public hearing to receive comments on the proposed Point Farm MB, LLC Critical Area Permit Application on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 6:00 pm. During the public hearing, DHEC staff provided a summary of the proposed action and accepted verbal comments to be considered prior to making a final decision.
Written comments will be accepted through close of business (5:00 pm) on November 22, 2021. Comments, along with any other documentation, photos, etc., can be submitted here. You can also submit written comments by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them directly to Sarah Reed, Critical Area Project Manager, at 1362 McMillan Avenue, Suite 400, North Charleston, SC 29405. All comments received by the end of the notice period will be considered when making a decision to approve, disapprove, or modify the permit. This decision will be based upon consideration of applicable regulations, the permit application, comments made at the public hearing and all other written comments received within the required time frame, and any other pertinent information.
What to Expect After the Public Hearing
Once the public comment period closes, DHEC will review all written comments. DHEC’s final permit decision will be made available via the DHEC webpage https://www.scdhec.gov/PointFarm and by email or mail to everyone on DHEC’s mailing list who requested to be notified of the final Department decision for the proposed Point Farm Critical Area Permit.