OLR Bill Analysis

SB 351

AN ACT CONCERNING CERTAIN CEMETERY EROSION MITIGATION EFFORTS WITHIN THE COASTAL BOUNDARY.

SUMMARY:

This bill adds cemetery and burial grounds to the list of land uses that can be protected by structural solutions within the coastal boundary.

By law, it is state policy in the coastal boundary for federal, state, and municipal agencies to (1) maintain the natural relationship between eroding and depositional coastal landforms and (2) minimize the adverse effects of erosion and sedimentation by promoting nonstructural mitigation measures.

But current law allows structural solutions to erosion and sedimentation's adverse effects, such as retaining walls, when necessary and unavoidable to protect (1) infrastructural facilities, (2) water-dependent uses, and (3) existing inhabited structures. There must be no feasible, less environmentally damaging alternative, and all reasonable mitigation measures and techniques must have been taken to minimize adverse environmental impacts.

The bill also makes a technical change.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

BACKGROUND

Coastal Boundary

By law, the “coastal boundary” is the furthest inland of (1) the 100-year-frequency coastal flood zone, (2) a 1,000-foot setback from the mean high-water mark, or (3) a 1,000-foot setback from the inland boundary of the tidal wetlands (CGS 22a-94(b)).

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

28

Nay

0

(03/21/2012)