SECTION .0700 ‑ MITIGATION POLICY
15A NCAC 07M .0701 DECLARATION OF GENERAL POLICY
(a) It is the policy of the State of North Carolina to
require that adverse impacts to coastal lands and waters be mitigated or
minimized through proper planning, site selection, compliance with standards
for development, and creation or restoration of coastal resources. Coastal
ecosystems shall be protected and maintained as complete and functional systems
by mitigating the adverse impacts of development as much as feasible by
enchancing, creating, or restoring areas with the goal of improving or
maintaining ecosystem function and areal proportion.
(b) The CRC shall apply mitigation requirements as defined
in this Section consistent with the goals, policies and objectives set forth in
the Coastal Area Management Act for coastal resource management and
development. Mitigation shall be used to enhance coastal resources and offset
any potential losses occurring from approved and unauthorized development.
Proposals to mitigate losses of coastal resources shall be considered only for
those projects shown to be in the public interest, as defined by the standards
in 15A NCAC 7M .0703, and only after all other reasonable means of avoiding or
minimizing such losses have been exhausted.
History Note: Authority G.S. 113A‑102(b); 113A‑107;
113A‑113; 113A‑120(a); 113A‑124;
Eff. January 1, 1984;
Amended Eff. September 1, 1985.