Water Ski Course Permitting Procedures
Agency Consultation and Public Comment
- did not have an Activity Permit in the year immediately preceding the year of application; or
- did have an Activity Permit in the year immediately preceding the year of application but are proposing a Course that is significantly different than the Course permitted in the preceding year.
Responsible Parties who did have an Activity Permit in the preceding year and who are not proposing a significantly different Course are exempt from the Agency Consultation and Public Comment requirements.
Based upon its review of the plans required as part of the Activity Permit Application, Yadkin reserves the right to make the final determination as to whether the proposed Course is significantly different than the Course permitted in the preceding year and will inform the applicant of its determination.
Except as provided in the preceding paragraphs, the Application for an Activity Permit must include documentation of agency consultation and a public comment period. The Responsible Party must prepare and submit an Agency Consultation and Public Comment package, which must include the information outlined below, to the local, state, and federal agencies listed below for their review and comment.
- A cover letter – the letter should describe the Responsible Party’s desire to construct and/or operate a Course on High Rock or Narrows reservoir and solicit comments from the agencies listed below; the letter should also include the Responsible Party’s name, mailing address, and phone number.
- A description – the information package should include a detailed description of the proposed Course(s), to include a map illustrating the location and extent of the Course(s), the dimensions of the Course(s) and/or ramp settings, a proposed use schedule (Courses can only be operated between May 15 and September 15 of each year), the hours of operation, a discussion of potential users (i.e. will the Course(s) be used solely by a water ski organization), whether the Course(s) will be used for tournaments (including a schedule of proposed tournaments and numbers of competitors) and a discussion of safety precautions.
- A discussion of impacts – the information package should also include a brief discussion of potential impacts to the reservoir and shoreline, and compatibility of the use of the Course(s) with other reservoir users.
- A list of required permits – the information package should include a list of all local, state, and federal permits that will be required.
Responsible Parties are required to submit the information package to and request written comments within 30 days from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the North Carolina State Clearinghouse, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (including the Law Enforcement Division), the North Carolina Division of Water Quality, the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the county planning or recreation department and sheriff’s office.
Responsible Parties must also notice, at their own expense, their intent to construct and/or operate the Course(s) in a local newspaper at least 30 days prior to the Application submission. This notice shall also be submitted directly to any homeowner association that represents adjoining property owners, who may be impacted by the Course(s). If there is no homeowners association that represents adjoining property owners, the Responsible Party shall submit a copy of the notice directly to each individual adjoining property owner who may be impacted by the proposed Course(s). All the following information should be included in the notice:
- The name, mailing address, and a phone number for Course’s contact person.
- A description of the Course, to include the reservoir name, the location, the Course dimensions and ramp settings.
- A use schedule, proposing hours of operation during daylight.
- An explanation that the Course(s) are for authorized users only (members only).
- A statement that the water ski association or organization membership shall be open to the general public (details described below in approval criteria).
- A statement whether the Course(s) will be used for tournaments and if so, the schedule for and expected number of competitors in such tournaments.
Documentation of agency consultation and a public comment period must be attached to the Application for an Activity Permit. Copies of all correspondence received from the agencies and the public and the applicant’s responses to those comments must be attached to the Application.