Riparian owner; dredging a navigable channel, oyster or clam grounds. (SB1355)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patron Del. Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Riparian owner; dredging; oyster or clam grounds. Provides that the existing ability of a landowner to open a channel although he is not a lessee or riparian holder of suitable bottoms includes the actions of marking a channel, dredging a navigable channel for access to his property, and participating with a locality to dredge a channel outside his riparian area. The bill requires the Marine Resources Commission to consider a variety of factors when determining whether to grant or deny a lease for the use of state-owned bottomlands. Current law requires such consideration only for the granting or denial of a permit for such use. The bill also includes the use of state waters for navigation among the factors to be considered. Finally, the bill expands the area of state-owned submerged beds that are potentially off limits for oyster planting by including navigation projects that are authorized by the Commonwealth or by a locality among the areas where no lease shall be granted. Current law exempts navigation projects from leasing only when they are authorized by Congress. The bill contains technical amendments. Amends § 28.2-1205, § 28.2-556, § 28.2-603, § 28.2-630, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103780D
01/11/2017Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/19/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB1355)
02/02/2017Stricken at request of Patron in Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)