[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Wilton as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
In accordance with the provisions of C.G.S. § 22a-354a et seq., the Planning and Zoning Commission is hereby designated as the Aquifer Protection Agency (hereinafter the "Agency") of the Town of Wilton. (The staff of the Planning and Zoning Department shall serve as the staff of the Agency.)
Members of the Planning and Zoning Commission shall serve coexisting terms on the Agency. The membership requirements of the Agency shall be the same as those of the Planning and Zoning Commission, including, but not limited to, the number of members, terms, method of selection and removal of members, and filling of vacancies.
At least one member of the Agency or staff of the Agency shall complete the course in technical training formulated by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection of the State of Connecticut, pursuant to C.G.S. § 22a-354v.
Procedures for adoption of local regulations requires a local public hearing and public notice requirements in accordance with C.G.S. § 22a-354p(b) to allow opportunity for the public to be heard. Also, approval by the DEP Commissioner is required in accordance with C.G.S. § 22a-354p(f) and R.C.S.A. § 22a-354i-3. The DEP approval requires a determination that the regulations are not inconsistent with the state Land Use Regulations, are reasonably related to groundwater, and shall not be deemed inconsistent if they provide a greater level of protection.
The Agency shall adopt regulations in accordance with C.G.S. § 22a-354p and R.C.S.A. § 22a-354i-3. Said regulations shall provide for:
The manner in which boundaries of aquifer protection areas shall be established and amended or changed.
Procedures for the regulation of activity within the area.
The form for an application to conduct regulated activities within the area.
Notice and publication requirements.
Criteria and procedures for the review of applications.
Administration and enforcement.
In order to carry out the purposes of the Aquifer Protection Program, the Agency will conduct an inventory of land use within the area to assess potential contamination sources.
Editor's Note: The Town provided the following additional information: This requirement is essentially done. The majority of inventories were completed by DEP in 2000. The purpose of the inventories is to give a general assessment of the areas and to provide a starting point for informing potentially regulated facilities of the program requirements. The Town of Wilton will update it to reflect current conditions.
Not later than three months after approval by the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection of Level A mapping of aquifers, the Agency will inventory land uses overlying the mapped zone of contribution and recharge areas of such aquifers in accordance with guidelines established by the Commissioner pursuant to C.G.S. § 22a-354f. Such inventory shall be completed not more than one year after authorization of the Agency (C.G.S. § 22a-354e).
Administrative fees for applications filed with the Town of Wilton Aquifer Protection Agency shall be based on the following schedule: