OLR Bill Analysis
AN ACT CONCERNING PROJECTS OF REGIONAL SIGNIFICANCE.
This bill requires each regional planning organization (RPO) to establish a voluntary process for applicants to state or local agencies, departments, or commissions to request a pre-application review of proposed projects of regional significance. There are three types of RPOs: councils of governments, councils of elected officials, and regional planning agencies. Under the bill, a project of regional significance is one that requires a State Traffic Commission permit. These are shopping centers, open air theaters, and other developments that (1) have an exit or entrance on a state highway, (2) abut or adjoin a state highway, or (3) substantially affect state highway traffic.
The bill requires the RPO process to provide criteria and standards for the review that include a procedure to assure that all relevant municipal, regional, and state agencies provide the applicant with (1) preliminary comment on the project, (2) summaries of each agency's review process, and (3) an opportunity for the applicant to discuss the project with representatives of each agency at a meeting the RPO convenes. State and local agencies must participate in the review upon the RPO's request. The RPO must prepare a report of the agencies' comments on the proposal and provide a copy of the report to the applicant and each reviewing agency.
Information provided by an applicant or agency as part of this process (1) is not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act and (2) may not be considered by any relevant agency in subsequent deliberations on the project.
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2009
Planning and Development Committee
Joint Favorable Substitute