August 1, 2013
DEEP Grants Flood Plain Exemptions for Bridgewater Project
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today granted Flood Management Certification Exemptions for the proposed Bridgewater project in Stamford.
A hearing officer in DEEP’s Office of Adjudications issued a final decision on the application for the exemptions, which was filed by the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). The decision can be read at www.ct.gov/deep/bridgewaterdecision
DECD applied for the exemptions because any state project or project involving state funds taking place within an area defined as a floodplain must receive certification for or receive an exemption from specific requirements.
Connecticut General Statutes state that a Flood Management Certification Exemption must be in the “public interest” – and the definition of this includes a proposed development in or adjacent to an area designated as a ‘regional center’ in the State Plan of Conservation and Development and subject to environmental remediation regulations.
The Hearing Officer’s decision determined that, “if conducted as proposed and in accordance with the terms and conditions of the draft exemptions, the regulated activities will be in the public interest, will not injure persons or damage property, and will comply with the requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program.”
Given public interest in this matter, the decision also notes that the ruling on the flood plain exemptions “is neither the only approval required nor the final opportunity for public comment on the Proposed Development.”
In April, DEEP staff completed their review of the application for the flood plain exemption and recommended in a Tentative Determination that it be granted. This notice opened a public comment period and a public hearing on the application was held in Stamford June 19.