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Substitute House Bill No. 5007

Public Act No. 02-78

AN ACT REQUIRING THE CONNECTICUT TRANSPORTATION STRATEGY BOARD TO SUBMIT FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EACH NEW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECT.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 6 of public act 01-5 of the June special session is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2002):

(a) [The] On or after January 15, 2003, prior to the approval of funding from the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Connecticut Development Authority or Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated for any project which is a major traffic generator within the meaning of section 14-311, the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development and the executive directors of the Connecticut Development Authority and Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, as the case may be, shall submit an impact statement for each such project [new to the state or new construction and seek funding from said entities] to the Connecticut Transportation Strategy Board, [created] established pursuant to section 2 of [this act] public act 01-5 of the June special session. [, summarizing whether or not such project conforms to the strategy said board submits to the General Assembly in accordance with section 4 of this act. ] Each impact statement shall (1) describe how such project addresses the goals established by the board for developing the strategy the board submits to the General Assembly in accordance with section 4 of public act 01-5 of the June special session, (2) summarize whether or not such project conforms to such strategy, and (3) include any other information the board may require to discharge its responsibilities under this subsection including, but not limited to, (A) the size of any facility proposed in connection with the project, (B) the hours of operation of such facility, (C) a projection of whether or not an increase in daily vehicle trips including truck traffic is likely to occur as a result of such project, and (D) the availability of public transportation to and from such facility. The board shall evaluate each such impact statement to determine whether such project conforms to such strategy and shall submit to said commissioner and executive directors any findings and recommendations with respect to such project. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed as requiring any delay in the implementation of any such project.

(b) The board shall, subject to the requirements of chapter 14, protect confidential information and trade secrets provided in connection with the review of any project pursuant to subsection (a) of this section.

[(b)] (c) On or before July 1, 2002, and quarterly thereafter, the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall update the board on all project activities occurring during such quarter.

Approved June 3, 2002