State Legislation Regarding Coastal Permitting:
PA 13-179, AN ACT CONCERNING THE PERMITTING OF CERTAIN COASTAL STRUCTURES BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. To require the accumulation of information from the federal government and environmental protection and planning and development agencies in other coastal states that could be used to develop a best practices guide for coastal structures permitting. Related NOAA Report: Global Sea Level Rise Scenarios for the United States - 2012.
PA 13-209, AN ACT CONCERNING DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION REGULATORY STREAMLINING TO ASSIST MUNICIPALITIES. To streamline certain aspects of programs administered by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in order to assist municipalities.
Special Act 13-9, AN ACT CONCERNING CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND DATA COLLECTION.To require a report to the General Assembly concerning the establishment of a Connecticut Center for Coasts that would perform data collection and analysis to develop tools used for planning and development in response to rising sea levels.
PA 13-205, AN ACT CONCERNING ADMINISTRATIVE STREAMLINING AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.To streamline various programs of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, including the Noise Program and the Streamline Channel Program. Sections 1 and 13 repeal the Stream Channel Encroachment Line permitting program. DEEP is no longer required, but is allowed to establish boundary lines along certain inland and tidal waterways or flood-prone areas, and prohibit the placement of encroachments, hindrances, or obstructions without authorization. Any such lines established on or before October 1, 2013, are revoked.
Check with your land use or environmental counsel for any updates to laws and regulations.