Long Island Sound Blue Plan Policies
The first draft of the policies proposed to be included in the Long Island Sound Blue Plan is available for review and comment.
What the Blue Plan Policies Do and Donít Do
The Blue Plan's policies and information will provide the basis for existing permit programs identified by statute to achieve clearer and more certain protection of the economic, cultural, and ecological values of Long Island Sound, including existing traditional human uses and ecologically significant areas. As such, the Blue Plan will serve as a guide to show what the applicable state and local permit decision-making processes will consider and be based upon. This will provide new and better insight for stakeholders and applicants up-front.
The Blue Plan will not create new regulations; rather it will provide greater clarity and guidance for how decisions will be made under specified existing regulatory programs.
Depending on what an application proposes and where the activity would be located, there may be specific actions and/or analyses that an applicant will need to perform that are defined in advance by Blue Plan policies. However, these actions and/or analyses would be the same as those that would normally be determined and required post-submission during the existing permitting process. With the Blue Plan, the need for those actions or analyses will be made clearer up-front, so an applicant can more effectively and efficiently prepare an application.
To achieve clearer and more certain protection of the economic, cultural, and ecological values of Long Island Sound, the Blue Plan will establish new clarity on spatial locations where applications for new uses may have restrictions or conditions, or be prohibited (e.g., not siting a permanent structure in an existing navigational channel). For instance, the Blue Planís Significant Human Use Area (SHUA) and Ecologically Significant Area (ESA) maps will provide place-based guidance to interpret Blue Plan policy and create greater clarity for applicants, by highlighting existing traditional human uses and ecological resources.
Please note this document is a draft and can greatly utilize comments and input from the stakeholders of Long Island Sound. To provide comments and feedback on the Blue Plan Draft Policy document:
- Email us at DEEP.BluePlanLIS@ct.gov
- Mail your comments to LIS Blue Plan, DEEP WPLR, Land and Water Resources Division Ė Planning, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106
- Fill out a comment form and email or mail the form to us.
- Participate in Public Meetings and Hearings:
- Next Public Meeting: October 30, 2018, DEEP Marine Headquarters, Old Lyme, 6:30 pm
- Next Public Hearing: November 8, 2018, Stamford Government Center, 6:30 pm