Neskowin Coastal Hazards Committee
Recommend to state and county agencies and officials ways to maintain the beach and protect the community through short term and long term strategies; and explore ways to plan for and adapt to the potential future changes in the Neskowin coastal area.
Community Update: NCHC Community Meeting, May 29, 2011:
The mission of the Neskowin Coastal Hazards Committee (NCHC) is to—in priority order--plan ways to maintain the beach and protect the community through short term and long term strategies; recommend to state and county agencies and officials ways to maintain the beach and protect the community; and explore ways to plan for and adapt to the potential future changes in the Neskowin coastal area.
The Neskowin Coastal Hazards Committee (NCHC) completed their second public meeting on May 29th with about 90 members of the community present. The purpose of this meeting was to ask the community for their sense of priority on the following four issues the Committee is talking about.
1. Short Term Options for Active Protection
2. Long Term Options for Active Protection
3. Land use Options
4. Preserve the Beach or Protect the Property
The 90 people present weighed in through a voting process after a briefing on the items. On behalf to the NCHC, we thank you for your attendance and consideration. As a group, we are encouraged by your participation. These votes were advisory to the NCHC for consideration as they continue their work on a wide range of issues. Here is what we learned:
Short and Long-Term Options for Active Protection These include engineering and structural approaches to protect the beach and community from the impact of ocean waves, surges, and flooding.
The community members present felt very strongly that the highest short-term option should be the protecting the Hawk Creek bridge as it is a key ingress/egress out of the community and contains sewer and water lines.
After that clear priority, votes tended to cluster in equal priority around three options: continuing maintenance of the current riprap, increasing riprap height and uniformity, and continuing to investigate options to protect the beach and community. The last item includes but not limited to innovative structures and near-shore devices that might reduce wave intensity.
Land Use Options These are legal incentives and regulations to protect property from the impact of ocean waves, surges, and flooding. Seventeen different options were presented to the community for consideration.
The community zeroed in on identifying coastal hazard areas and; exploring possible restrictions in these high hazard areas as the top two land use options. The Land Use Committee will continue its work in July and August and ask for more community input at our next public meeting in September.
Preserve the Beach-Protect Property
The Committee wanted to know what those present felt should be the higher priority as they consider the range of options presented: preserve the beach or protect property? The citizens present were asked to vote on a scale of one to six with one being preserve the beach and six being protect property. The votes were nearly evenly split, indicating they want to protect both the beach and property.
1. The committee wanted to first get the word out to the community about what we heard from those present at the May 29th meeting. This update serves that purpose. Please share it with your friends and neighbors.
2. Our agenda for the September meeting will be refined over the summer, and sent out well in advance of the Labor Day weekend meeting. It will include sharing the latest information and recent developments, as well as soliciting input from you.
3. There are meetings in late June with the Corps of Engineers, US Fish & wildlife, the County, and the Fire District, on possible bridge options.
4. We are contacting marine engineers about options for continued maintenance, height and uniformity of the riprap revetments, and near shore options to reduce force of waves on the beach.
The Neskowin Coastal Hazards Committee is made up of local community members, county and state agencies. If you have any input or comments, please contact our Committee Chair, Commissioner Mark Labhart. He can be reached at 503-842-3403 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
March 26, 2011: