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Best Management Practices also include, but are not limited to, design specifications from the most recent publications of the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual and Coastal Stormwater Supplement to the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(b)">(b)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Certification" means an action by the Division that states in writing that a local issuing authority has met the criteria established in these rules and regulations.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(c)">(c)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Certified Personnel" means any person who meets or exceeds the education and training requirements of Code Section </span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=12-7-19&amp;title=12#" target="_newtab">12-7-19</a></span><span class="">. </span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(d)">(d)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Coastal Marshlands" shall have the same meaning as in Code Section </span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=12-5-282&amp;title=12#" target="_newtab">12-5-282</a></span><span class="">.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(e)">(e)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Complaint Investigation Process" means a process followed by a local issuing authority or the Division when dealing with inquiries, complaints or concerns about land disturbing activities.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(f)">(f)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Decertification" means an action by the Division that states in writing that a local issuing authority has failed to meet the criteria established in these rules and regulations.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(g)">(g)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Department" means the Department of Natural Resources of the State of Georgia.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(h)">(h)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Director" means the Director of the Environmental Protection Division.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(i)">(i)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "District" means the appropriate local Soil and Water Conservation District.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(j)">(j)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Division" means the Environmental Protection Division of the Department of Natural Resources.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(k)">(k)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Erosion" means the process by which land surface is worn away by the action of wind, water, ice, or gravity.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(l)">(l)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Erosion, Sedimentation and Pollution Control Plan" or "Plan" means a plan for the control of soil erosion and sediment resulting from a land disturbing activity. </span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(m)">(m)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Infrastructure Project" means construction activities that are not part of a common development that include the construction, installation and maintenance of roadway and railway projects and conduits, pipes, pipelines, substations, cables, wires, trenches, vaults, manholes, and similar or related structures or devices for the conveyance of natural gas (or other types of gas), liquid petroleum products, electricity, telecommunications (telephone, data television, etc.), water or sewage.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(n)">(n)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Land Disturbing Activity" means any activity which may result in soil erosion and the movement of sediments into State waters or onto lands within the State, including but not limited to clearing, dredging, grading, excavating, transporting, and filling of land, but not including those practices to the extent described in O.C.G.A. 12-7-17.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(o)">(o)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Local Issuing Authority" means the governing authority of any county or municipality that is certified pursuant to these rules and regulations and O.C.G.A. 12-7-8(a). </span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(p)">(p)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Maintenance" means actions necessary or appropriate for retaining or restoring a currently serviceable improvement to the specified operable condition to achieve its maximum useful life. Maintenance includes emergency reconstruction of recently damaged parts of a currently serviceable structure so long as it occurs within a reasonable period of time after damage occurs. Maintenance does not include any modification that changes the character, scope or size of the original design.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(q)">(q)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Major Buffer Impact" means any impact that does not meet the definition of "Minor Buffer Impact."</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(r)">(r)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Minor Buffer Impact" means an impact that upon completion yields no additional above ground, man-made materials or structures within the buffer, maintains the original grade, and results in less than 5,000 square feet of buffer impacts per stream crossing and/or less than 5,000 square feet of buffer impacts per individual area of encroachment for each project.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(s)">(s)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Permit" means the authorization necessary to conduct a land disturbing activity under the provisions of these rules and regulations.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(t)">(t)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Person" means any individual, partnership, firm, association, joint venture, public or private corporation, trust, estate, commission, board, public or private institution, utility, cooperative, State agency, municipality or other political subdivision or the State, any interstate body or any other legal entity.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(u)">(u)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Project" means the entire area of the proposed development site, regardless of the size of the area to be disturbed.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(v)">(v)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Sediment" means solid material, both organic and inorganic, that is in suspension, is being transported, or has been moved from its site of origin by wind, water, ice, or gravity as a product of erosion.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(w)">(w)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Sedimentation" means the action or process of forming or depositing sediment. </span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(x)">(x)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Serviceable" means usable in its current state or with minor maintenance but not so degraded as to essentially require reconstruction.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(y)">(y)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Soil and Water Conservation District Approved Plan" means an erosion, sedimentation and pollution control plan approved in writing by the Soil and Water Conservation District in which the proposed land disturbing activity will take place.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(z)">(z)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Stabilization" means the process of establishing an enduring soil cover of vegetation and/or mulch or other ground cover and/or installing temporary or permanent structures for the purpose of reducing to a minimum the erosion process and the resultant transport of sediment by wind, water, ice or gravity.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(aa)">(aa)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "State Waters" means any and all rivers, streams, creeks, branches, lakes, reservoirs, ponds, drainage systems, springs, wells, and other bodies of surface or subsurface water, natural and artificial, lying within or forming a part of the boundaries of the State which are not entirely confined and retained completely upon the property of a single individual, partnership, or corporation, except as may be defined in O.C.G.A. 12-7-17(7).</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(bb)">(bb)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Stream Bank" means the confining cut of a stream channel and is usually identified as the point where the normal stream flow has wrested the vegetation. For nontrout waters, the normal stream flow is any stream flow that consists solely of base flow or consists of both base flow and direct runoff during any period of the year. Base flow results from groundwater that enters the stream channel through the soil. This includes spring flows into streams. Direct runoff is the water entering stream channels promptly after rainfalls or snow melts.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(cc)">(cc)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Trout Streams" means all streams or portions of streams within the watershed as designated by the Division under the provisions of the Georgia Water Quality Control Act, O.C.G.A. 12-5-20 </span><span class=""><I>et seq.</I></span><span class=""> Streams designated as primary trout waters are defined as water supporting a self-sustaining population of rainbow, brown or brook trout. Streams designated as secondary trout waters are those in which there is no evidence of natural trout reproduction, but are capable of supporting trout throughout the year. First order trout waters are streams into which no other streams flow except springs.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(dd)">(dd)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Watercourse" means any natural or artificial waterway, stream, river, creek, channel, ditch, canal, conduit, culvert, drain, gully, ravine, or wash in which water flows either continuously or intermittently, having a definite channel, bed and bank, and includes any area adjacent thereto which is subject to inundation by reason of overflow or floodwater.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.01(ee)">(ee)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Water Quality" means the chemical, physical, and biological characteristics of the State's water resources.</span></td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/391-3-7-.02" name="391-3-7-.02" title="391-3-7-.02">Rule 391-3-7-.02 Repealed</a></h2> <h2><a href="/GAC/391-3-7-.03" name="391-3-7-.03" title="391-3-7-.03">Rule 391-3-7-.03 Repealed</a></h2> <h2><a href="/GAC/391-3-7-.04" name="391-3-7-.04" title="391-3-7-.04">Rule 391-3-7-.04 Repealed</a></h2> <h2><a href="/GAC/391-3-7-.05" name="391-3-7-.05" title="391-3-7-.05">Rule 391-3-7-.05 Buffer Variance Procedures and Criteria</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(1)">(1)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Buffers on state waters are valuable in protecting and conserving land and water resources; therefore, buffers should be protected. The buffer variance process will apply to all projects legally eligible for variances and to all state waters having vegetation wrested from the channel by normal stream flow, provided that adequate erosion control measures are incorporated in the project plans and specifications and are implemented. Rule </span><span class=""> <a title="391-3-7-.05" href="391-3-7-.05">391-3-7-.05</a></span><span class=""> does not apply to coastal marshlands. The following activities do not require application to or approval from the Division:</span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(1)(a)">(a)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> stream crossings for water lines or stream crossing for sewer lines that occur at an angle, as measured from the point of crossing, within 25 degrees of perpendicular to the stream and cause a width of disturbance of not more than 50 feet within the buffer; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(1)(b)">(b)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> where drainage structures must be constructed within the twenty-five (25) foot buffer area of any state water not classified as a trout stream; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(1)(c)">(c)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> where roadway drainage structures must be constructed within the twenty-five (25) foot buffer area of any state waters or the fifty (50) foot buffer of any trout stream; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(1)(d)">(d)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> construction of bulkheads or sea walls on Lake Oconee and Lake Sinclair where required to prevent erosion at the shoreline; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(1)(e)">(e)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> construction of public water system reservoirs.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(2)">(2)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Variance applications will be reviewed by the Director only where the applicant provides reasonable evidence that impacts to the buffer have been avoided or minimized to the fullest extent practicable and only in the following cases:</span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(2)(a)">(a)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The project involves the construction or repair of an existing infrastructure project or a structure that, by its nature, must be located within the buffer. Such structures include, but are not limited to, dams, public water supply intake structures, detention/retention ponds, waste water discharges, docks including access ways, boat launches including access ways, and stabilization of areas of public access to water; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(2)(b)">(b)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The project will result in the restoration or enhancement to improve water quality and/or aquatic habitat quality; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(2)(c)">(c)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Buffer intrusion is necessary to provide reasonable access to a property or properties; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(2)(d)">(d)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The intrusion is for water and sewer lines that cannot reasonably be placed outside the buffer, and stream crossings and vegetative disturbance are minimized; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(2)(e)">(e)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Crossing for utility lines, including but not limited to gas, liquid, power, telephone, and other pipelines, provided that the number of crossings and the amount of vegetative disturbance are minimized; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(2)(f)">(f)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Recreational foot trails and viewing areas, providing that impacts to the buffer are minimal; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(2)(g)">(g)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The project involves construction of one (1) single family home for residential use by the owner of the subject property and, at the time of adoption of this rule, there is no opportunity to develop the home under any reasonable design configuration unless a buffer variance is granted. Variances will be considered for such single family homes only if construction is initiated or local government approval is obtained prior to January 10, 2005; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(2)(h)">(h)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> For non-trout waters, the proposed land disturbing activity within the buffer will require a permit from the United States Army Corps of Engineers under Section 404 of the federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendment of 1972, </span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/us/books/United_States_Code/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=1344&amp;title=33#" target="_newtab">33 U.S.C. Section 1344</a></span><span class="">, and the Corps of Engineers has approved a mitigation plan to be implemented as a condition of such a permit; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(2)(i)">(i)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> For non-trout waters, a plan is provided for buffer intrusion that shows that, even with the proposed land disturbing activity within the buffer, the completed project will result in maintained or improved water quality downstream of the project; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(2)(j)">(j)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> For non-trout waters, the project with a proposed land disturbing activity within the buffer is located in, or upstream and within ten linear miles of, a stream segment listed as impaired under Section 303(d) of the federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendment of 1972, </span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/us/books/United_States_Code/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=1313&amp;title=33#1313(d)" target="_newtab">33 U.S.C. Section 1313(d)</a></span><span class=""> and a plan is provided that shows that the completed project will result in maintained or improved water quality in such listed stream segment and that the project has no adverse impact relative to the pollutants of concern in such stream segment; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(2)(k)">(k)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The proposed land disturbing activity within the buffer is not eligible for a permit from the United States Army Corps of Engineers under Section 404 of the federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendment of 1972, </span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/us/books/United_States_Code/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=1344&amp;title=33#" target="_newtab">33 U.S.C. Section 1344</a></span><span class="">, but includes required mitigation in accordance with current EPD "Stream Buffer Variance Mitigation Guidance" document, and involves:</span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(2)(k)1.">1.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> piping, filling, or re-routing of non-trout waters that are not jurisdictional Waters of the U.S.; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(2)(k)2.">2.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> stream buffer impacts due to new infrastructure projects adjacent to state waters (jurisdictional and non-jurisdictional Waters of the U.S.). This criterion shall not apply to maintenance and/or modification to existing infrastructure, which are covered under 391-3-7.05(2)(a).</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(3)">(3)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> If the buffer impact will be minor, the buffer variance request shall include the following information at a minimum: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(3)(a)">(a)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Site map that includes locations of all state waters, wetlands, floodplain boundaries and other natural features, as determined by field survey.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(3)(b)">(b)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Description of the shape, size, topography, slope, soils, vegetation and other physical characteristics of the property.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(3)(c)">(c)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Dated and numbered detailed site plan that shows the locations of all structures, impervious surfaces, and the boundaries of the area of soil disturbance, both inside and outside of the buffer. The exact area of the buffer to be impacted shall be accurately and clearly indicated.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(3)(d)">(d)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Description of the project, with details of the buffer disturbance, including estimated length of time for the disturbance and justification for why the disturbance is necessary.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(3)(e)">(e)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Calculation of the total area and length of the buffer disturbance.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(3)(f)">(f)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Letter from the issuing authority (if other than the Division and as applicable) stating that the issuing authority has visited the site and determined the presence of state waters that require a buffer and that a stream buffer variance is required as per the local erosion and sedimentation control ordinance.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(3)(g)">(g)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Erosion, sedimentation and pollution control plan.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(3)(h)">(h)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Re-vegetation plan as described in the most recent publication of the Division's guidance book, "Streambank and Shoreline Stabilization" and/or a plan for permanent vegetation as per the "Manual for Erosion and Sedimentation Control in Georgia."</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(3)(i)">(i)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> For projects within the buffer of or upstream and within one linear mile of impaired stream segments on Georgia's "305(b)/303(d) List Documents (Final)," documentation that the project will have no adverse impacts relative to the pollutants of concern and if applicable, documentation that the project will be in compliance with the TMDL Implementation Plan(s).</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(3)(j)">(j)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Any other reasonable information related to the project that the Division deems necessary to effectively evaluate the variance request.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(3)(k)">(k)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Applications must be on the most current forms provided by the Division.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(4)">(4)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> If the buffer impact will be major, the buffer variance request shall include all of the information in Sections (3)(a) thru (k) above, with the exception of (3)(h). A buffer variance request for major buffer impacts shall also include the following additional information:</span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(4)(a)">(a)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> For variance requests made under Section (2)(h):</span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(4)(a)1.">1.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Joint Public Notice (JPN), if it is an individual permit;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(4)(a)2.">2.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Pre-Construction Notification (PCN), if it is a Nationwide Permit;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(4)(a)3.">3.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Mitigation calculations; and</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(4)(a)4.">4.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Permit approval from the United States Army Corps of Engineers.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(4)(b)">(b)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Buffer mitigation plan addressing impacts to critical buffer functions, including water quality and floodplain, watershed and ecological functions based on an evaluation of existing buffer conditions and predicted post construction buffer conditions pursuant to Section (7)(c) herein.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(4)(c)">(c)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Plan for stormwater control once site stabilization is achieved, when required by a local stormwater ordinance.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(4)(d)">(d)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> For variance requests made under Sections (2)(i) and (2)(j), the application shall include the following water quality information: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(4)(d)1.">1.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Documentation that post-development stormwater management systems to conform to the minimum standards for water quality, channel protection, overbank flood protection and extreme flood protection as established in the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual or the equivalent and if applicable, the Coastal Stormwater Supplement to the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(4)(d)2.">2.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Documentation that existing water quality will be maintained or improved based on predicted pollutant loading under pre- and post-development conditions as estimated by models accepted by the Division.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(4)(e)">(e)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> For variance requests made under Section (2)(j), if the proposed project is in, or upstream and within ten linear miles of impaired stream segments on Georgia's "305(b)/303(d) List Documents (Final)," documentation that the project will have no adverse impacts relative to the pollutants of concern and if applicable, documentation that the project will be in compliance with the TMDL Implementation Plan(s).</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(4)(f)">(f)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> For variance requests made under Section (2)(k)1., the application shall include documentation from the United States Army Corps of Engineers verifying the water bodies identified in the application are non-jurisdictional waters of the United States under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(5)">(5)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Upon receipt of a completed application in accordance with Sections </span><span class=""> <a title="391-3-7-.05(3)" href="391-3-7-.05#391-3-7-.05(3)">391-3-7-.05(3)</a></span><span class=""> or </span><span class=""> <a title="391-3-7-.05(4)" href="391-3-7-.05#391-3-7-.05(4)">391-3-7-.05(4)</a></span><span class="">, the Division shall consider the completed application and the following factors in determining whether to issue a variance: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(5)(a)">(a)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Locations of state waters, wetlands, floodplain boundaries and other natural features as determined by field surveys.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(5)(b)">(b)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Shape, size, topography, slope, soils, vegetation and other physical characteristics of the property.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(5)(c)">(c)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Location and extent of buffer intrusion.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(5)(d)">(d)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Whether reasonable alternative project designs, such as the use of retaining walls, are possible which do not require buffer intrusion or which require less buffer intrusion.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(5)(e)">(e)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Whether issuance of the variance, with the required mitigation plan, re-vegetation plan and/or plan for permanent vegetation, is at least as protective of natural resources and the environment (including wildlife habitat).</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(5)(f)">(f)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The current condition of the existing buffer, to be determined by:</span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(5)(f)1.">1.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The extent to which existing buffer vegetation is disturbed;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(5)(f)2.">2.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The hydrologic function of the buffer; and</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(5)(f)3.">3.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Stream characteristics such as bank vegetative cover, bank stability, prior channel alteration or sediment deposition.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(5)(g)">(g)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The extent to which the encroachment into the buffer may reasonably impair buffer functions.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(5)(h)">(h)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The value of mitigation activities conducted pursuant to this rule, particularly Subsections </span><span class=""> <a title="391-3-7-.05(7)(c)" href="391-3-7-.05#391-3-7-.05(7)(c)">391-3-7-.05(7)(c)</a></span><span class=""> and </span><span class=""> <a title="391-3-7-.05(7)(d)" href="391-3-7-.05#391-3-7-.05(7)(d)">391-3-7-.05(7)(d)</a></span><span class=""> herein, and shall take regional differences into consideration on-site or downstream, to be determined by development techniques or other measures that will contribute to the maintenance or improvement of water quality, including the use of low impact designs and integrated best management practices, and reduction in effective impervious surface area.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(5)(i)">(i)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The long-term water quality impacts of the proposed variance, as well as the construction impacts. And for applications made under Subsections 391-3-7.05(2)(i) and </span><span class=""> <a title="391-3-7-.05(2)(j)" href="391-3-7-.05#391-3-7-.05(2)(j)">391-3-7-.05(2)(j)</a></span><span class="">, the following criteria, which reflect regional differences in the state, shall be used by the Director to assist in determining whether the project seeking a variance will, when completed and with approved mitigation, result in maintained or improved water quality downstream of the project and minimal net impact to the buffer: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(5)(i)1.">1.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Division will assume that the existing water quality conditions are commensurate with an undeveloped forested watershed unless the applicant provides documentation to the contrary. If the applicant chooses to provide baseline documentation, site and/or stream reach specific water quality, habitat, and/or biological data would be needed to document existing conditions. If additional data are needed to document existing conditions, the applicant may need to submit a monitoring plan and have it approved by the Division prior to collecting any monitoring data. Existing local data may be used, if available and of acceptable quality to the Division.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(5)(i)2.">2.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The results of the predicted pollutant loading under pre- and post-development conditions as estimated by models accepted by the Division indicate that existing water quality conditions will be maintained or improved.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(5)(j)">(j)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> For applications made under Section </span><span class=""> <a title="391-3-7-.05(2)(j)" href="391-3-7-.05#391-3-7-.05(2)(j)">391-3-7-.05(2)(j)</a></span><span class="">, for which a land disturbing activity is proposed within the buffer of a 303(d) listed stream, or upstream and within 10 linear miles of a 303(d) listed stream, the results of the model demonstrate that the project has no adverse impact relative to the pollutants of concern in such stream segment.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(6)">(6)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Within 60 days of receipt of a complete buffer variance application, the Division will either provide written comments to the applicant or propose to issue a variance. When the Division proposes to issue a variance, it will issue a public notice. The public notice shall describe the proposed buffer encroachment, the location of the project, where the public can review site plans, and where comments should be sent. The public shall have 30 days from the date of publication of the public notice to comment on the proposed buffer variance.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(7)">(7)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> In all cases in which a buffer variance is issued, the following conditions shall apply: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(7)(a)">(a)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The variance shall be the minimum reduction in buffer width necessary to provide relief. Streams shall not be piped if a buffer width reduction is sufficient to provide relief.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(7)(b)">(b)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Disturbance of existing buffer vegetation shall be minimized.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(7)(c)">(c)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Mitigation is required for all major buffer impacts and shall offset the buffer encroachment and any loss of buffer functions. Where lost functions cannot be replaced, mitigation shall provide other buffer functions that are beneficial. Buffer functions include, but are not limited to: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(7)(c)1.">1.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> temperature control (shading);</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(7)(c)2.">2.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> streambank stabilization;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(7)(c)3.">3.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> trapping of sediments, if any;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(7)(c)4.">4.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> removal of nutrients, heavy metals, pesticides and other pollutants;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(7)(c)5.">5.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> aquatic habitat and food chain;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(7)(c)6.">6.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> terrestrial habitat, food chain and migration corridor; and</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(7)(c)7.">7.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> buffering of flood flows.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(7)(d)">(d)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Mitigation should be on-site when possible. Depending on site conditions, acceptable forms of mitigation may include but are not limited to: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(7)(d)1.">1.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Restoration of the buffer to a naturally vegetated state to the extent practicable, or to current existing conditions;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(7)(d)2.">2.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Bioengineering of channels to reduce bank erosion and improve habitat;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(7)(d)3.">3.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Creation or restoration of wetlands;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(7)(d)4.">4.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Stormwater management systems to better maintain the pre-development flow regime (with consideration given to downstream effects) that exceeds the requirements of applicable ordinances at the time of application;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(7)(d)5.">5.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Reduction in pollution sources, such as on-site water quality treatment or improving the level of treatment of septic systems;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(7)(d)6.">6.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Other forms of mitigation that protect or improve water quality and/or aquatic wildlife habitat;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(7)(d)7.">7.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> An increase in buffer width elsewhere on the property;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(7)(d)8.">8.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Mitigation as required under a Clean Water Act Section 404 or Nationwide permit issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(7)(d)9.">9.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Stormwater management systems described in the most recent publication of the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual and the Coastal Stormwater Supplement to the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(7)(d)10.">10.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Mitigation as described in the most recent publication of the Division's guidance document, Stream Buffer Mitigation Guidance.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(7)(e)">(e)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Forms of mitigation that are </span><span class=""><I>not</I></span><span class=""> acceptable include: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(7)(e)1.">1.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Activities that are already required by the Georgia Erosion and Sedimentation Act, such as the minimal use of best management practices;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(7)(e)2.">2.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Activities that are already required by other federal, state and local laws, except as described in 391-3-7.05(7)(d) above. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mitigation is acceptable.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(7)(f)">(f)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The Division will not place a condition on a variance that requires a landowner to deed property or the development rights of property to the state or to any other entity. The landowner may voluntarily preserve property or the development rights of property as a mitigation option with the agreement of the Division.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(8)">(8)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> If the approved buffer impacts are not completed within five years of the date issued, buffer variances issued on or after the effective date of this rule will become null and void. </span><span class=""><P>The applicant may request a buffer variance time extension only if the approved buffer impacts will not be completed prior to the buffer variance expiration date. The buffer variance time extension, if granted, can be for a period of up to five years. If the applicant can demonstrate that a time extension for a period of greater than five years is reasonable, the Director may grant a buffer variance time extension for a reasonable period of greater than five years. A buffer variance time extension may be issued only once.</P></span><span class=""><P>The buffer variance time extension must be requested in writing at least 90 calendar days prior to the buffer variance expiration date with justifiable cause demonstrated. Once an approved buffer variance expires, it is no longer eligible for a time extension.</P></span><span class=""><P>Time extension requests will be reviewed by the Division. The Division will either provide written comments to the applicant or propose to issue a buffer variance time extension within 60 days of receipt of a time extension request. If there are any other changes to the original buffer variance application, the Division shall issue a public notice in accordance with Section <a title="391-3-7-.05(6)" href="391-3-7-.05#391-3-7-.05(6)">391-3-7-.05(6)</a>.</P></span><span class=""><P>If a variance issued by the Director is acceptable to the issuing authority, the variance shall be included as a condition of permitting and therefore becomes a part of the permit for the proposed land disturbing activity project. If a stream buffer variance is not acceptable to the issuing authority, the issuing authority may issue a land disturbing permit without allowing encroachment into the buffer.</P></span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(9)">(9)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> A general variance is provided for piping of trout streams with an average annual flow of 25 gpm or less.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(10)">(10)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> To obtain this general variance in Section 391-3-7.05(9) for encroaching on the buffer of a trout stream, the applicant must submit information to the issuing authority or EPD if there is no issuing authority demonstrating that the average annual flow in the stream is 25 gpm or less. There are two acceptable methods for making this determination.</span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(10)(a)">(a)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The USGS unit area runoff map may be used to determine the threshold acreage that will produce an average annual flow of 25 gpm or less.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(10)(b)">(b)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The applicant may submit a hydrologic analysis certified by a Registered Professional Engineer or Geologist that presents information sufficient to estimate that the average annual flow of each stream to be piped is 25 gpm or less with a high level of certainty.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(11)">(11)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Any stream piping performed in accordance with this general variance in Section 391-3-7.05(9) shall be subject to the following terms:</span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(11)(a)">(a)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The total length of stream that is piped in any one property shall not exceed 200 feet.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(11)(b)">(b)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Any project that involves more than 200 ft of piping will require an individual variance for the entire project. The general variance may not be applied to a portion of a project; e.g., it is not permissible to pipe 200 ft of a stream under the general variance and seek an individual variance for an additional length of pipe.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(11)(c)">(c)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The downstream end of the pipe shall terminate at least 25 ft before the property boundary.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(11)(d)">(d)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The applicant for a Land Disturbing Activity Permit shall notify the appropriate issuing authority of the precise location and extent of all streams piping as part of the land disturbing activity permit application. The issuing authority (if other than the Division) shall compile this information and convey it to the Division annually.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.05(11)(e)">(e)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Where piping of a stream increases the velocity of stream flow at the downstream end of the pipe, appropriate controls shall be employed to reduce flow velocity to the predevelopment level. Plans for such controls must be submitted as part of the land disturbing activity permit.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/391-3-7-.06" name="391-3-7-.06" title="391-3-7-.06">Rule 391-3-7-.06 Turbidity Limits for Stormwater Runoff Discharges</a></h2> <P>Turbidity of stormwater runoff discharges shall be controlled to the extent that the limits established in O.C.G.A. 12-7-6 shall not be exceeded.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/391-3-7-.07" name="391-3-7-.07" title="391-3-7-.07">Rule 391-3-7-.07 Inspection and Compliance</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.07(1)">(1)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The Division may periodically inspect the site of any land disturbing activity for which a permit has been issued to determine if such activity is being conducted in accordance with the permit and to evaluate the effectiveness of the erosion and sediment control measures employed.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.07(2)">(2)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The Division shall have the authority to conduct such investigations as it may reasonable deem necessary to carry out its duties as prescribed by O.C.G.A. 12-7-1 </span><span class=""><I>et seq.</I></span><span class="">, and these rules and regulations and for this purpose to enter at reasonable times upon any property, public or private, for the purpose of investigating and inspecting the sites of land disturbing activities. The Division shall make its best efforts to contact a local issuing authority prior to any site inspection of a project within that local issuing authority's jurisdiction, provided however, that the Division shall, if contact was not prior made, contact the local issuing authority not more than five (5) business days after the site visit.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.07(3)">(3)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> No person shall refuse entry or access to any authorized representative of the Division who requests entry for purposed of inspection and who presents appropriate credentials, nor shall any person obstruct, hamper or interfere with any such representative while in the process of carrying out assigned official duties.</span></td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/391-3-7-.08" name="391-3-7-.08" title="391-3-7-.08">Rule 391-3-7-.08 Enforcement</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.08(1)">(1)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The administration and enforcement of these rules and regulations shall be in accordance with the Erosion and Sedimentation act of 1975, O.C.G.A. 12-7-1 </span><span class=""><I>et seq.</I></span><span class="">; the Executive Reorganization Act of 1972, O.C.G.A. 12-2-1 </span><span class=""><I>et seq.</I></span><span class="">, and the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act, O.C.G.A. 50-13-1 </span><span class=""><I>et seq.</I></span><span class="">, all as amended, but also includes the authority to require corrective action and/or remediation of conditions creating adverse water quality impacts, or otherwise in violation of these rules, regulations and authorizing statutes.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.08(2)">(2)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> When the Division seeks to enforce the requirements of these rules or the requirements of O.C.G.A. 12-7-1 et. seq., as amended, in a jurisdiction covered by a certified local issuing authority, the Division should coordinate enforcement with the local issuing authority. However, coordination with a local issuing authority is not a prerequisite for enforcement by the Division.</span></td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/391-3-7-.09" name="391-3-7-.09" title="391-3-7-.09">Rule 391-3-7-.09 Local Issuing Authorities</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(1)">(1)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""><B>Criteria for Certification.</B></span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(1)(A)">(A)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> City or county has adopted an ordinance which demonstrates compliance with the provisions in Title 12, Chapter 7 of the Official Code of Georgia.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(1)(B)">(B)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> City or county has inspection personnel, who are or will be qualified personnel (within 6 months of date of hire) in erosion and sediment control.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(1)(C)">(C)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Required Documentation. A city or county shall provided the following documentation to the Division: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(1)(C)1.">1.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> A letter from the city or county requesting certification as a Local Issuing Authority; and</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(1)(C)2.">2.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> A listing of the number of inspectors employed by the City or County that will be responsible for land disturbance activity inspections and documentation of the training for each inspector; and</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(1)(C)3.">3.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Documentation of the geographic size of the jurisdiction; and</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(1)(C)4.">4.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Documentation of the estimated workload and inspection frequency schedule for the inspectors; and</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(1)(C)5.">5.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> A copy of the ordinance which demonstrates compliance with the provisions in Title 12, Chapter 7 of the Official Code of Georgia.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(1)(D)">(D)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The Division shall provide written notification to the city or county of the Director's decision no later than 60 days after receipt of request for certification. In the case of a denial of local issuing authority certification, the Division shall explain the deficiencies causing the denial. The denial of certification by the Division shall not preclude a city or county from making any subsequent application for certification.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(2)">(2)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""><B>Responsibilities of Certified Local Issuing Authorities.</B></span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(2)(A)">(A)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> City or county demonstrates adequate program administration, record keeping and enforcement as evidenced by: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(2)(A)1.">1.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Processing land disturbing activity applications, issuing permits and compliance with stream buffer variance requirements; and</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(2)(A)2.">2.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Maintaining a list of open land disturbance permits; and</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(2)(A)3.">3.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Conducting inspections and maintaining reports of inspections including violations; and</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(2)(A)4.">4.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Enforcing the ordinance and keeping record of written notification of violations, stop-work orders, court actions, etc.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(2)(B)">(B)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> City or county must follow a Complaint Investigation Process which: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(2)(B)1.">1.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Includes an investigation of the complaint by the local issuing authority within 5 business days; and</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(2)(B)2.">2.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Includes a mechanism for referral of unresolved complaints to the Division; and</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(2)(B)3.">3.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Includes a monthly log of complaints and inquiries, including actions taken.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(2)(C)">(C)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> City or county with a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the appropriate local Soil and Water Conservation District to review and approve an Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan shall approve or disapprove a revised Plan submittal within 35 days of receipt. Failure of the city or county to act within 35 days shall be considered an approval of the revised Plan submittal.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(3)">(3)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""><B>De-certification of a Local Issuing Authority.</B></span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(3)(A)">(A)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Recommendation for De-certification Investigation. The Division shall begin an investigation for de-certification upon request with adequate documentation by the local Soil and Water Conservation District or Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission or on its own initiative if any of the following occurs: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(3)(A)1.">1.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> City or county no longer has an ordinance which demonstrates compliance with the provisions in Title 12, Chapter 7 of the Official Code of Georgia; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(3)(A)2.">2.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> City or county no longer has inspection personnel who are or will be qualified personnel (within 6 months of date of hire) in erosion and sediment control; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(3)(A)3.">3.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> City or county does not utilize their Complaint Investigation Process pursuant to </span><span class=""> <a title="391-3-7-.09" href="391-3-7-.09">391-3-7-.09</a></span><span class=""> (2)(A); or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(3)(A)4.">4.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> City or county no longer has adequate program administration, record keeping and enforcement pursuant to </span><span class=""> <a title="391-3-7-.09" href="391-3-7-.09">391-3-7-.09</a></span><span class=""> (2)(B).</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(3)(B)">(B)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> De-certification Investigation. Within 60 days of receipt of the de-certification request, the Division shall initiate an investigation by providing written notice of the recommendation for de-certification to the local issuing authority and detailing the perceived deficiencies enumerated in the recommendation. Prior to any de-certification of a local issuing authority, the Division must perform an on-site evaluation of the program. </span><span class=""><P>The city or county shall have 30 days in which to respond in writing to the Division and:</P></span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(3)(B)1.">1.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Acknowledge the noted deficiencies and agree to comply; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(3)(B)2.">2.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Offer explanation of why deficiency or omission has occurred and establish a target deadline to comply; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(3)(B)3.">3.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Disagree with some or all of the noted deficiencies and recommendations for improvement and request mediation between the city or county and the Division.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(3)(C)">(C)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Review Local Issuing Authority Response. The Director or his/her designee will review any response received from the local issuing authority. The Director may then uphold, modify, suspend or dismiss the de-certification recommendation. The determination of the Director shall be made within 30 days from receipt of the response from the local issuing authority.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(3)(D)">(D)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Final Decision and Appeal. A determination made by the Director to uphold, modify, suspend or dismiss the de-certification is a final action of the Director and may be appealed in accordance with subsection (c) of Code Section </span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=12-2-2&amp;title=12#" target="_newtab">12-2-2</a></span><span class="">.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.09(4)">(4)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""><B>Continuing Certification.</B></span><span class=""><P>A local issuing authority shall submit documentation showing continued compliance with the criteria for certification established at <a title="391-3-7-.09" href="391-3-7-.09">391-3-7-.09</a> (1)(A) and (B) to the Division whenever an event requiring the Division to evaluate a local issuing authority for continuing compliance with the certification requirements occurs.</P></span></td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/391-3-7-.10" name="391-3-7-.10" title="391-3-7-.10">Rule 391-3-7-.10 Site Visit Required</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.10(1)">(1)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> All applications shall contain a certification stating that the plan preparer or his or her designee has visited the site prior to creation of the plan.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.10(2)">(2)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Plans submitted shall contain the following certification: </span><span class=""><P>"I certify under penalty of law that this Plan was prepared after a site visit to the locations described herein by myself or my authorized agent, under my direct supervision."</P></span></td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/391-3-7-.11" name="391-3-7-.11" title="391-3-7-.11">Rule 391-3-7-.11 Coastal Marshlands Buffer Variance Procedures and Criteria</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(1)">(1)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Buffers on state waters are valuable in protecting and conserving land and water resources. Therefore, there is established a 25 foot buffer along coastal marshlands, as measured horizontally from the coastal marshland-upland interface, except: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(1)(a)">(a)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Where the Director determines to allow a variance that is at least as protective of natural resources and the environment under the variance criteria in </span><span class=""> <a title="391-3-7-.11" href="391-3-7-.11">391-3-7-.11</a></span><span class=""> (2) through (7) or under the variance by rule criteria in </span><span class=""> <a title="391-3-7-.11" href="391-3-7-.11">391-3-7-.11</a></span><span class=""> (9); or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(1)(b)">(b)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Where otherwise allowed by the Director pursuant to O.C.G.A </span><span class="">§</span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=12-2-8&amp;title=12#" target="_newtab">12-2-8</a></span><span class="">; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(1)(c)">(c)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Where an alteration within the buffer area has been authorized pursuant to O.C.G.A. </span><span class="">§</span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=12-5-286&amp;title=12#" target="_newtab">12-5-286</a></span><span class="">; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(1)(d)">(d)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> For maintenance of any currently serviceable structure, landscaping, or hardscaping, including bridges, roads, parking lots, golf courses, golf cart paths, retaining walls, bulkheads, and patios; provided, however, that if such maintenance requires any land-disturbing activity, adequate erosion control measures are incorporated into the project plans and specifications and such measures are fully implemented; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(1)(e)">(e)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Where a drainage structure or roadway drainage structure is constructed or maintained; provided, however, that adequate erosion control measures are incorporated into the project plans and specifications and such measures are fully implemented; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(1)(f)">(f)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> On the landward side of any currently serviceable shoreline stabilization structure; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(1)(g)">(g)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> For the maintenance of any manmade storm-water detention basin, golf course pond, or impoundment that is located entirely within the property of a single individual, partnership, or corporation; provided, however, that adequate erosion control measures are incorporated into the project plans and specifications and such measures are fully implemented; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(1)(h)">(h)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Crossings for utility lines that cause a width of disturbance of not more than 50 feet within the buffer; provided, however, that adequate erosion control measures are incorporated into the project plans and specifications and such measures are fully implemented; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(1)(i)">(i)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Any land-disturbing activity conducted pursuant to and in compliance with a valid and effective land-disturbing permit issued subsequent to April 22, 2014, and prior to December 31, 2015; provided, however, that adequate erosion control measures are incorporated into the project plans and specifications and such measures are fully implemented; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(1)(j)">(j)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Any lot for which the preliminary plat has been approved prior to December 31, 2015 if roadways, bridges, or water and sewer lines have been extended to such lot prior to the effective date of this Act and if the requirement to maintain a 25 foot buffer would consume at least 18 percent of the high ground of the platted lot otherwise available for development; provided, however, that adequate erosion control measures are incorporated into the project plans and specifications and such measures are fully implemented.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(2)">(2)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The buffer variance process will apply to all projects legally eligible for variances, provided that adequate erosion control measures are incorporated in the project plans and specifications and are implemented. Variance applications will be reviewed by the Director only in the following cases: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(2)(a)">(a)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The project involves the construction or repair of an existing infrastructure project or a structure that, by its nature, must be located within the buffer. Such structures include, but are not limited to, dams, public water supply intake structures, detention/retention ponds, waste water discharges, docks including access ways, boat launches including access ways and stabilization of areas of public access to water; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(2)(b)">(b)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The project will result in the restoration or enhancement to improve water quality and/or aquatic habitat quality; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(2)(c)">(c)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Buffer intrusion is necessary to provide reasonable access to a property or properties; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(2)(d)">(d)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The intrusion is for utility lines within or adjacent to existing utility or transportation right of ways or that cannot reasonably be placed outside the buffer, and crossings and vegetative disturbance are minimized; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(2)(e)">(e)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Crossing for utility lines, including but not limited to gas, liquid, power, telephone, and other pipelines, provided that the number of crossings and the amount of vegetative disturbance are minimized; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(2)(f)">(f)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Recreational foot trails and viewing areas, providing that impacts to the buffer are minimal; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(2)(g)">(g)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The project involves construction of one (1) single family home for residential use by the owner of the subject property and, at the time of adoption of this rule, there is no opportunity to develop the home under any reasonable design configuration unless a buffer variance is granted. Variances will be considered for such single family homes only if construction is initiated or local government approval is obtained prior to January 10, 2005; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(2)(h)">(h)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The proposed land disturbing activity within the buffer will require a permit from the United States Army Corps of Engineers under Section 404 of the federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendment of 1972, </span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/us/books/United_States_Code/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=1344&amp;title=33#" target="_newtab">33 U.S.C. Section 1344</a></span><span class="">, and the Corps of Engineers has approved a mitigation plan to be implemented as a condition of such a permit; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(2)(i)">(i)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> A plan is provided for buffer intrusion that shows that, even with the proposed land disturbing activity within the buffer, the completed project will result in maintained or improved water quality; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(2)(j)">(j)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The proposed land disturbing activity includes an alteration within the buffer that has been authorized pursuant to a permit issued by the United States Army Corps of Engineers under Section 404 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1972, as amended, or Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(2)(k)">(k)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The proposed land disturbing activity within the buffer is not eligible for a permit from the United States Army Corps of Engineers under Section 404 of the federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendment of 1972, </span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/us/books/United_States_Code/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=1344&amp;title=33#" target="_newtab">33 U.S.C. Section 1344</a></span><span class="">, and involves: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(2)(k)1.">1.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Piping, filling, or re-routing of waters that are not jurisdictional Waters of the U.S.; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(2)(k)2.">2.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Buffer impacts due to new infrastructure projects adjacent to state waters (jurisdictional and non-jurisdictional Waters of the U.S.). This criterion shall not apply to maintenance and/or modification to existing infrastructure.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(3)">(3)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Except as provided in </span><span class=""> <a title="391-3-7-.11" href="391-3-7-.11">391-3-7-.11</a></span><span class=""> (9), if the buffer impact will be minor, the buffer variance request shall include the following information at a minimum:</span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(3)(a)">(a)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Site map that includes locations of all state waters, wetlands, floodplain boundaries and other natural features, as determined by field survey.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(3)(b)">(b)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Description of the shape, size, topography, slope, soils, vegetation and other physical characteristics of the property.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(3)(c)">(c)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Dated and numbered detailed site plan that shows the locations of all structures, impervious surfaces, and the boundaries of the area of soil disturbance, both inside and outside of the buffer. The exact area of the buffer to be impacted shall be accurately and clearly indicated.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(3)(d)">(d)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Description of the project, with details of the buffer disturbance, including estimated length of time for the disturbance and justification for why the disturbance is necessary.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(3)(e)">(e)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Calculation of the total area and length of the buffer disturbance.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(3)(f)">(f)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Letter from the issuing authority (if other than the Division and as applicable) stating that the issuing authority has visited the site and determined the presence of coastal marshlands that require a buffer and that a buffer variance is required.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(3)(g)">(g)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Erosion, sedimentation and pollution control plan.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(3)(h)">(h)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Re-vegetation plan as described in the most recent publication of the Division's guidance book, "Streambank and Shoreline Stabilization", or the "Hydromodification Best Management Practice Manual for Coastal Georgia," and/or a plan for permanent vegetation as per the "Manual for Erosion and Sedimentation Control in Georgia."</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(3)(i)">(i)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> For projects within the buffer of or upstream and within one linear mile of an impaired water body on Georgia's "305(b)/303(d) List Documents (Final)," documentation that the project will have no adverse impacts relative to the pollutants of concern and if applicable, documentation that the project will be in compliance with the TMDL Implementation Plan(s).</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(3)(j)">(j)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Applications must be on the most current forms provided by the Division.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(4)">(4)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> If the buffer impact will be major, the buffer variance request shall include all of the information in </span><span class=""> <a title="391-3-7-.11" href="391-3-7-.11">391-3-7-.11</a></span><span class=""> (3)(a) through (j) above, with the exception of </span><span class=""> <a title="391-3-7-.11" href="391-3-7-.11">391-3-7-.11</a></span><span class=""> (3)(h). A buffer variance request for major buffer impacts shall also include the following additional information: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(4)(a)">(a)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> For variance requests made under </span><span class=""> <a title="391-3-7-.11" href="391-3-7-.11">391-3-7-.11</a></span><span class=""> (2)(h) or (j): </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(4)(a)1.">1.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Joint Public Notice (JPN), if it is an individual permit;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(4)(a)2.">2.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Pre-Construction Notification (PCN), if it is a Nationwide Permit;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(4)(a)3.">3.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Mitigation calculations; and</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(4)(a)4.">4.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Permit approval from the United States Army Corps of Engineers.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(4)(b)">(b)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Buffer mitigation plan addressing impacts to critical buffer functions, including water quality and floodplain, watershed and ecological functions based on an evaluation of existing buffer conditions and predicted post construction buffer conditions pursuant to </span><span class=""> <a title="391-3-7-.11" href="391-3-7-.11">391-3-7-.11</a></span><span class=""> (7)(c) herein.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(4)(c)">(c)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Plan for stormwater control once site stabilization is achieved, when required by a local stormwater ordinance.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(4)(d)">(d)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> For variance requests made under </span><span class=""> <a title="391-3-7-.11" href="391-3-7-.11">391-3-7-.11</a></span><span class=""> (2)(i), the application shall include the following water quality information: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(4)(d)1.">1.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Documentation that post-development stormwater management systems to conform to the minimum standards for water quality, channel protection, overbank flood protection and extreme flood protection as established in the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual or the equivalent and if applicable, the Coastal Stormwater Supplement to the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(4)(d)2.">2.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Documentation that existing water quality will be maintained or improved based on predicted pollutant loading under pre- and post-development conditions as estimated by models accepted by the Division.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(4)(e)">(e)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> For variance requests made under </span><span class=""> <a title="391-3-7-.11" href="391-3-7-.11">391-3-7-.11</a></span><span class=""> (2)(k) 1., the application shall include documentation from the United States Army Corps of Engineers verifying the water bodies identified in the application are non-jurisdictional waters of the United States under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(5)">(5)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Upon receipt of a complete application, the Division shall consider the complete application and the following factors in determining whether to issue a variance: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(5)(a)">(a)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Locations of state waters, wetlands, coastal marshlands, floodplain boundaries and other natural features as determined by field surveys.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(5)(b)">(b)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Shape, size, topography, slope, soils, vegetation and other physical characteristics of the property.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(5)(c)">(c)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Location and extent of buffer intrusion.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(5)(d)">(d)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Whether reasonable alternative project designs, such as the use of retaining walls are possible which do not require buffer intrusion or which require less buffer intrusion.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(5)(e)">(e)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Whether issuance of the variance, with the required mitigation plan, re-vegetation plan and/or plan for permanent vegetation, is at least as protective of natural resources and the environment.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(5)(f)">(f)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The current condition of the existing buffer, to be determined by: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(5)(f)1.">1.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The extent to which existing buffer vegetation is disturbed;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(5)(f)2.">2.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The hydrologic function of the buffer; and</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(5)(f)3.">3.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Hydrologic functional characteristics such as bank vegetative cover, bank stability, or prior channel alteration.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(5)(g)">(g)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The extent to which the encroachment into the buffer may reasonably impair buffer functions.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(5)(h)">(h)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The value of mitigation activities conducted pursuant to this rule, particularly </span><span class=""> <a title="391-3-7-.11" href="391-3-7-.11">391-3-7-.11</a></span><span class=""> (7)(c) and (d) herein, development techniques or other measures that will contribute to the maintenance or improvement of water quality, including the use of low impact designs and integrated best management practices, and reduction in effective impervious surface area.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(5)(i)">(i)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The long-term water quality impacts of the proposed variance, as well as the construction impacts. And for applications made under </span><span class=""> <a title="391-3-7-.11" href="391-3-7-.11">391-3-7-.11</a></span><span class=""> (2)(i), the following criteria shall be used by the Director to assist in determining whether the project seeking a variance will, when completed and with approved mitigation, result in maintained or improved water quality downstream of the project and minimal net impact to the buffer:</span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(5)(i)1.">1.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The Division will assume that the existing water quality conditions are commensurate with an undeveloped maritime forested watershed unless the applicant provides documentation to the contrary. If the applicant chooses to provide baseline documentation, site specific water quality, habitat, and /or biological data would be needed to document existing conditions. If additional data are needed to document existing conditions, the applicant may need to submit a monitoring plan and have it approved by the Division prior to collecting any monitoring data. Existing local data may be used, if available and of acceptable quality to the Division.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(5)(i)2.">2.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The results of the predicted pollutant loading under pre- and post-development conditions as estimated by models accepted by the Division indicate that existing water quality conditions will be maintained or improved.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(5)(j)">(j)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> For applications made under </span><span class=""> <a title="391-3-7-.11" href="391-3-7-.11">391-3-7-.11</a></span><span class=""> (2)(i), for which a land disturbing activity is proposed within the buffer of a 303(d) listed water body, or upstream and within one linear mile of a 303(d) listed water body, the results of the model demonstrate that the project has no adverse impact relative to the pollutants of concern.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(6)">(6)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Within 60 days of receipt of a complete buffer variance application, the Division will either provide written comments to the applicant or propose to issue a variance. When the Division proposes to issue a variance, it will issue a public notice. The public notice shall describe the proposed buffer encroachment, the location of the project, where the public can review site plans, and where comments should be sent. The public shall have 30 days from the date of publication of the public notice to comment on the proposed buffer variance.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(7)">(7)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> In all cases in which a buffer variance is issued, the following conditions shall apply: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(7)(a)">(a)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The variance shall be the minimum reduction in buffer width necessary to provide relief.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(7)(b)">(b)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Disturbance of existing buffer vegetation shall be minimized.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(7)(c)">(c)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Mitigation is required for all major buffer impacts and shall offset the buffer encroachment and any loss of buffer functions. Where lost functions cannot be replaced, mitigation shall provide other buffer functions that are beneficial. Buffer functions include, but are not limited to: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(7)(c)1.">1.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> temperature control (shading);</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(7)(c)2.">2.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> bank stabilization;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(7)(c)3.">3.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> trapping of sediments, if any;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(7)(c)4.">4.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> removal of nutrients, heavy metals, pesticides and other pollutants;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(7)(c)5.">5.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> aquatic habitat and food chain;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(7)(c)6.">6.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> terrestrial habitat, food chain and migration corridor;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(7)(c)7.">7.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> buffering of flood flows; and</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(7)(c)8.">8.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> maintenance of salinity through buffering of freshwater flows.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(7)(d)">(d)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Mitigation should be on-site when possible. Depending on site conditions, acceptable forms of mitigation may include, but are not limited to: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(7)(d)1.">1.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Restoration of the buffer to a naturally vegetated state to the extent practicable, or to current existing conditions. Information on natural vegetation in Coastal Georgia is available from the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service at </span><span class=""><a class="LinkOut" href="http://marex.uga.edu/ecoscapes/" target="_blank">http://marex.uga.edu/ecoscapes/</a></span><span class=""> or </span><span class=""><a class="LinkOut" href="http://www.caes.uga.edu/extension/bryan/anr/documents/nativeplantlist.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.caes.uga.edu/extension/bryan/anr/documents/nativeplantlist.pdf</a></span><span class="">;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(7)(d)2.">2.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Bioengineering of channels to reduce bank erosion and improve habitat;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(7)(d)3.">3.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Creation or restoration of wetlands;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(7)(d)4.">4.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Stormwater management systems to better maintain the pre-development flow regime (with consideration given to downstream effects) that exceeds the requirements of applicable ordinances at the time of application;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(7)(d)5.">5.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Reduction in pollution sources, such as on-site water quality treatment or improving the level of treatment of septic systems;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(7)(d)6.">6.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Other forms of mitigation that protect or improve water quality and/or aquatic wildlife habitat;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(7)(d)7.">7.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> An increase in buffer width elsewhere on the property;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(7)(d)8.">8.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Mitigation as required under a Clean Water Act Section 404 or Nationwide permit issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(7)(d)9.">9.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Stormwater management systems described in the most recent publication of the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual and the Coastal Stormwater Supplement to the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(7)(e)">(e)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Forms of mitigation that are </span><span class=""><I>not</I></span><span class=""> acceptable include: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(7)(e)1.">1.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Activities that are already required by the Georgia Erosion and Sedimentation Act, such as the minimal use of best management practices;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(7)(e)2.">2.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Activities that are already required by other federal, state and local laws, except as described in </span><span class=""> <a title="391-3-7-.11" href="391-3-7-.11">391-3-7-.11</a></span><span class=""> (7)(d) above. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mitigation is acceptable.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(7)(f)">(f)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The Division will not place a condition on a variance that requires a landowner to deed property or the development rights of property to the state or to any other entity. The landowner may voluntarily preserve property or the development rights of property as a mitigation option with the agreement of the Division.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(7)(g)">(g)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> If a variance issued by the Director is acceptable to the issuing authority, the variance shall be included as a condition of permitting and therefore becomes a part of the permit for the proposed land disturbing activity project. If a buffer variance is not acceptable to the issuing authority, the issuing authority may issue a land disturbing permit without allowing encroachment into the buffer.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(8)">(8)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> A buffer variance will expire five years after the effective date, unless a request for an extension is submitted prior to the expiration date, with justifiable cause demonstrated. </span><span class=""><P>The applicant may request a buffer variance time extension only if the approved buffer impacts will not be completed prior to the buffer variance expiration date. The buffer variance time extension, if granted, can be for a period of up to five years. If the applicant can demonstrate that a time extension for a period of greater than five years is reasonable, the Director may grant a buffer variance time extension for a reasonable period of greater than five years.</P></span><span class=""><P>Time extension requests will be reviewed by the Division. The Division will either provide written comments to the applicant or propose to issue a buffer variance time extension within 60 days of receipt of a time extension request. If there are any significant changes to the original buffer variance application, the Division shall issue a public notice in accordance with <a title="391-3-7-.11" href="391-3-7-.11">391-3-7-.11</a> (6).</P></span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(9)">(9)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Variance By Rule </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(9)(a)">(a)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Notwithstanding any other provision of these Rules, the following activities have minimal impact on the water quality or aquatic habitat of the adjacent coastal marshland and therefore are deemed to have an approved buffer variance. </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(9)(a)1.">1.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Activities where the area within the buffer is not more than 500 square feet.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(9)(a)2.">2.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Activities that have a "Minor Buffer Impact" as defined in </span><span class=""> <a title="391-3-7-.01" href="391-3-7-.01">391-3-7-.01</a></span><span class=""> (r), provided that the total area of buffer impacts is less than 5,000 square feet. A proposed development site may not be subdivided into smaller projects or phases to circumvent the 5,000 square feet limitation.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(9)(b)">(b)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Bank and shoreline stabilization structures are not eligible for coverage under the variance by rule.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(9)(c)">(c)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Notification shall be made at least 14 days prior to the commencement of land-disturbing activities to provide the Division an opportunity to review the activity to ensure it meets the applicable criteria. Unless notified by the Division to the contrary, an applicant who submits a notification in accordance with </span><span class=""> <a title="391-3-7-.11" href="391-3-7-.11">391-3-7-.11</a></span><span class=""> (9) is authorized to encroach into the buffer 14 days after the notification form is received by the Division. A buffer variance by rule expires if the buffer impacts are not completed within two years after the notification form is received by the Division. The Director may deny coverage under this variance by rule and require submittal of an application for an individual variance based on the review of the documentation submitted or other information. Persons failing to notify the Director of such activities shall be deemed to be operating without a variance.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(9)(d)">(d)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Notification for a variance by rule is to be submitted by return receipt certified mail (or similar service that provides confirmation of receipt) to both the Division and to the Local Issuing Authority in jurisdictions authorized to issue Land Disturbance Permits.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(9)(e)">(e)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> An individual variance will be required for any activity that does not qualify for a variance by rule.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(9)(f)">(f)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Any notification for a variance by rule shall include the following: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(9)(f)1.">1.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Description of the activity, with details of the buffer disturbance, including area and length of the buffer to be impacted and estimated length of time for the disturbance.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(9)(f)2.">2.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Photographs of the area that will be affected by the proposed activity.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(9)(f)3.">3.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Notice of a land-disturbing activity to be covered by a variance by rule must be on the most current forms provided by the Division.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(9)(g)">(g)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Any variance by rule shall be subject to the following requirements: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(9)(g)1.">1.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The following information shall be maintained onsite until final stabilization of the site is complete: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(9)(g)1.i.">i.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Site plan that shows the locations of all structures, impervious surfaces, and the boundaries of the area of soil disturbance, both inside and outside of the buffer. The exact area and length of the buffer to be impacted shall be accurately and clearly indicated.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(9)(g)1.ii.">ii.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Documentation that adequate erosion control measures are incorporated into the project plans and specifications.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(9)(g)2.">2.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Disturbance of existing buffer vegetation shall be minimized.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(9)(g)3.">3.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Final stabilization of the site must include a re-vegetation plan as described in the most recent publication of the Division's guidance book, "Streambank and Shoreline Stabilization." It is recommended that vegetation be native riparian vegetation.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(9)(g)4.">4.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Temporary vegetative measures must be implemented within 14 calendar days following the completion of any soil disturbance and the site shall be stabilized at the end of every day until project completion.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(9)(g)5.">5.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Proper and full implementation of the erosion control measures in </span><span class=""> <a title="391-3-7-.11" href="391-3-7-.11">391-3-7-.11</a></span><span class=""> (9)(g) 1.ii.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(9)(g)6.">6.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Post construction stormwater management practices should be considered. Best management practices can be found in the latest edition of the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual or the Coastal Supplement to the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(9)(g)7.">7.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> All other applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules and ordinances, including erosion and sedimentation control must be fully complied with prior to commencement of project construction.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(9)(g)8.">8.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> For a variance by rule under </span><span class=""> <a title="391-3-7-.11" href="391-3-7-.11">391-3-7-.11</a></span><span class=""> (9)(a) 1., cumulative impacts shall not exceed 500 square feet within a 5 year period.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-7-.11(9)(g)9.">9.</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Any activity that does not meet the requirements of </span><span class=""> <a title="391-3-7-.11" href="391-3-7-.11">391-3-7-.11</a></span><span class=""> (9)(g) is in violation of the variance by rule.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </div> </div> </div> <div id="toc" class="sidebar noprint"> <ul id="toc-children" class="children"><li><a href="/GAC/391-3-7-.01" name="391-3-7-.01" title="391-3-7-.01">Rule 391-3-7-.01 Definitions</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/391-3-7-.02" name="391-3-7-.02" title="391-3-7-.02">Rule 391-3-7-.02 Repealed</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/391-3-7-.03" name="391-3-7-.03" title="391-3-7-.03">Rule 391-3-7-.03 Repealed</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/391-3-7-.04" name="391-3-7-.04" title="391-3-7-.04">Rule 391-3-7-.04 Repealed</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/391-3-7-.05" name="391-3-7-.05" title="391-3-7-.05">Rule 391-3-7-.05 Buffer Variance Procedures and Criteria</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/391-3-7-.06" name="391-3-7-.06" title="391-3-7-.06">Rule 391-3-7-.06 Turbidity Limits for Stormwater Runoff Discharges</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/391-3-7-.07" name="391-3-7-.07" title="391-3-7-.07">Rule 391-3-7-.07 Inspection and Compliance</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/391-3-7-.08" name="391-3-7-.08" title="391-3-7-.08">Rule 391-3-7-.08 Enforcement</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/391-3-7-.09" name="391-3-7-.09" title="391-3-7-.09">Rule 391-3-7-.09 Local Issuing Authorities</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/391-3-7-.10" name="391-3-7-.10" title="391-3-7-.10">Rule 391-3-7-.10 Site Visit Required</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/391-3-7-.11" name="391-3-7-.11" title="391-3-7-.11">Rule 391-3-7-.11 Coastal Marshlands Buffer Variance Procedures and Criteria</a></li></ul> </div> </div> <!--content ends here--> <div id="footer" class="noprint"><span class="footer">Copyright &copy; 2017 Lawriter LLC - All rights reserved.</span>| <a href="mailto:support@casemakerlegal.com?subject=Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia">Email Us</a> | 844-838-0769 | <a href="http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en" target="_blank" onclick="if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf('opera') != -1 && window.event.preventDefault)window.event.preventDefault();this.newWindow = window.open('http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en&url='+escape(document.location.href)+'&referrer='+escape(document.referrer), 'webim','toolbar=0,scrollbars=0,location=0,status=1,menubar=0,width=640,height=480,resizable=1');this.newWindow.focus();this.newWindow.opener=window;return false;">Live Chat</a> </div> </div> </body> </html>