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General Assembly

Amendment

 

January Session, 2009

LCO No. 8400

   
 

*HB0525408400SRO*

Offered by:

 

SEN. KANE, 32nd Dist.

 

To: Subst. House Bill No. 5254

File No. 976

Cal. No. 663

After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:

"Sec. 501. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) For the purposes of this section "landside development project" means a project (1) that includes, but is not limited to, the construction of a new aircraft hanger, ramps, motor vehicle parking, terminal space and related office space, (2) at a state-owned airport managed by the Connecticut Department of Transportation Bureau of Aviation and Ports and designated to support aviation infrastructure under an existing approved master plan prepared in accordance with the applicable Federal Aviation Administration Advisory Circular, (3) reviewed and approved by a municipal inland wetlands agency, after opportunity for public comment, and (4) located on airport property that has been the subject of (A) an environmental review as part of an airport master plan update completed no more than three years prior to the decision to prepare an environmental impact evaluation for the landside development project, and (B) an environmental impact evaluation prepared in accordance with section 22a-1b of the general statutes for a runway extension project that was circulated for public review and determined to be adequate by the Office of Policy and Management in 2003 and "sponsoring agency" means a state department, institution or agency required to prepare an environmental impact evaluation for a landside development project in accordance with section 22a-1b of the general statutes.

(b) For the purpose of completing an environmental impact evaluation pursuant to section 22a-1b of the general statutes, the sponsoring agency for any landside development project shall consider all relevant information, public comment, study and analysis from any environmental or land use reviews previously conducted on such property, including, but not limited to (1) the reviews referenced in subsection (a) of this section, (2) any relevant Federal Aviation Administration noise study, and (3) any draft environmental impact evaluation prepared pursuant to section 22a-1b of the general statutes during the prior three years. Such sponsoring agency shall complete the environmental impact evaluation for such project and publish notice of the availability of the evaluation in both a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality and in the Environmental Monitor, in accordance with section 22a-1d of the general statutes, not later than ninety days after the effective date of this section. Any public hearing held in accordance with section 22a-1d of the general statutes shall be held no later than thirty-five days after the publication of such notice. Notwithstanding any other provision of the general statutes, the sponsoring agency shall provide a public comment period of thirty days commencing on the date of the publication of such notice. All comments received by the sponsoring agency during the public comment period and at any public hearing and the sponsoring agency's responses shall be forwarded to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management not later than fifteen days after the close of the comment period. The Office of Policy and Management shall review and issue a determination concerning such evaluation, in accordance with section 22a-1e of the general statutes, not later than thirty days after receiving such evaluation. "