The Town of Beaufort, the third oldest town in North Carolina and the official repository for artifacts from the wreckage of Blackbeard’s flagship Queen Anne’s Revenge, is popular among visitors seeking the relaxation of coastal living. Beau Coast is a roughly 274-acre, mixed-use waterfront development within the White Oak River Basin designed to mingle work and play on the water. Because the development is bounded on the north by Turner Creek and on south by Taylor Creek, with additional discharges to Town Creek and approximately 44 acres of wetland areas, the developer turned to WithersRavenel to prepare the environmental permit application.
In order to permit the development as a single, complete project, WithersRavenel evaluated impacts to onsite coastal marsh, Section 404 wetlands, and isolated wetlands within the 75-foot Area of Environmental Concern (AEC) for the entire project under the Coastal Area Management Authority (CAMA) application. Construction-level design was completed for all proposed wetland impact areas to verify that additional wetland impacts will not result from construction of future phases.
The project as a whole was permitted as a low-density project, but areas such as the clubhouse and multi-family residential units were permitted as pockets of high-density, which require structural stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) to control and treat runoff generated by 1.0 or 1.5 inches of rainfall. Depending on location, WithersRavenel designed the stormwater BMPs as constructed wetlands or wet ponds. Portions of the site also feature curb-and-gutter with catch basins connected to pipe networks. For the remaining low-density areas, vegetated swales convey stormwater to outfalls.
The overall design of Beau Coast’s 11 parcels includes 597 residential lots, 6 mixed-use office/residential buildings, and a suite of community amenities. The aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly waterfront development offers homeowners Kayak Lake, a manmade waterway for recreational kayaking, and an adjacent meeting house, general store, pool, and clubhouse. Residents also have access to nearby Freedom Park, a Carteret County public park.