Environment Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-124

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING LONG ISLAND SOUND AND COASTAL PERMITTING.

Vote Date:

3/19/2010

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

2/22/2010

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Environment Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

To assist property owners in complying with certain costal permitting requirements, streamline certain tidal wetlands procedures and repeal certain obsolete costal management programs and administrative statutes.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Amey W. Marrella, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection supports this bill because it will improve and streamline many of the Department's coastal-related programs. The bill will “require that copies of coastal permits for structures, dredging, fill and other regulated activities be filed on municipal land records at the time of permit issuance, or prior to a transfer of the property”. It would also “create Lean efficiencies and improve coordination among coastal regulatory programs through eliminating a mandatory tidal wetlands hearing deadline that has proven to be unworkable, and allowing notices of applications to be distributed by electronic means such as fax or e-mail saving staff time, paper and money. It would also “make certain changes to the method by which coastal permit application fees are calculated, changes that were integral to the recommendations of the Lean Project Improvement Team”. It will also provide purely administrative measures that will clean up several obsolete or inconsistent statutory provisions or cross-references, but will not affect the Department's current business practices.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

None Submitted

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

John S. Johnson, Legislative Chair and Grant W. Westerson, President, Connecticut Marine Trades Association oppose because it would provide an “additional unnecessary cost and record keeping burden on a permittee that serves little purpose”. It would also “eliminate the annual requirement of the Commissioner of Environmental Protection to produce and distribute a report to the legislature on the summarized activities and decisions impacting the Coastal Management Act”. This is also very impacting to the waterfront regulated community and important to understanding any annual changes.

Reported by: Alexandra Chamenko

Date: March 22, 2010