Beachfront Jurisdictional Lines Stakeholder Workgroup

Overview

The coastline changes over time due to ocean currents, tropical weather systems, as well as beach use and maintenance activities. South Carolina Code of Laws § 48-39-280 requires DHEC’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management to establish and periodically review beachfront jurisdictional lines. There are two lines of beachfront jurisdiction - the baseline and the setback line. The baseline is the more seaward (towards the ocean) of the two jurisdictional lines, while the setback line is the more landward (towards the land) line. The purpose of these lines is to delineate the extent of DHEC's direct permitting authority for activities within the defined beach and beach/dune critical areas. South Carolina’s beachfront jurisdictional lines enable DHEC to implement laws and regulations that support the state's beachfront management goals, and protect vulnerable shorelines and natural ecosystems.

On May 3rd, 2018, Act 173, the Beachfront Management Reform Act, was signed by Governor Henry McMaster. This Act establishes the position of the state’s beachfront jurisdictional baselines and setback lines for the 2018 establishment cycle. It also includes a section that requires DHEC to promulgate regulations to guide implementation of future line review processes. Specifically, Section 8 reads, “The Department of Health and Environmental Control must promulgate regulations to implement the provisions of this act, including regulations that the department will use to locate a primary oceanfront sand dune as defined by Section 48-39-10, by January 14, 2020.”

Process

DHEC has convened a stakeholder workgroup to initiate input into this process. Through a consensus-driven approach, this workgroup will provide recommendations to the Department to: 1) clarify the definition of primary oceanfront sand dune, and 2) develop strategies to qualify and measure “extraordinary erosion” as referenced in S.C. Code of Laws §48-39-280(E)(4). 

The final recommendations of this workgroup will assist the Department with formulating regulations to implement the provisions of the Beachfront Management Reform Act. The Department will provide notice to the public of the formal regulatory development process including opportunities for public input. 

Meeting Schedule (Subject to change)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
10am – 2pm
Location: 1362 McMillan Ave. Suite 300, North Charleston, SC 29405

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
10am – 2pm
Location: 1362 McMillan Ave. Suite 300, North Charleston, SC 29405

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
10am – 2pm
Location: 1362 McMillan Ave. Suite 200, COG Conference Room, North Charleston, SC 29405

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
10am – 2pm
Location: 1362 McMillan Ave. Suite 200, COG Conference Room, North Charleston, SC 29405

Friday, January 11, 2019
10am – 2pm
Location: 1362 McMillan Ave. Suite 300, North Charleston, SC 29405

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019
10am – 2pm
Location: 1362 McMillan Ave. Suite 300, North Charleston, SC 29405
 

Resources

South Carolina Code of Laws, Chapter 39, Coastal Tidelands and Wetlands

South Carolina Code of Regulations, Chapter 30, Department of Health and Environmental Control – Coastal Division

Workgroup Member List

Workgroup Member Bios

Comments

Written comments can be submitted to BJLSworkgroup@dhec.sc.gov, or mailed to DHEC OCRM, Attn: Barbara Neale, 1362 McMillan Ave. Suite 400. North Charleston, SC 29405.
 

Tags

South Carolina Beachfront Jurisdiction