[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Mansfield 6-14-2004, effective 7-10-2004. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This ordinance shall be known and may be cited as the "Municipal Aquifer Protection Agency Ordinance."
This ordinance is enacted pursuant to the provisions of Connecticut General Statutes § 22a-354o, which provides that each municipality in which an aquifer protection area is located shall authorize by ordinance an existing board or commission to act as the municipal aquifer protection agency.
This ordinance is designed to implement the provisions of Connecticut General Statutes § 22a-354o, as it may be amended from time to time, to assist the Town with the regulation and the protection of aquifer protection areas.
The Town Council has found that it is in the best interest of the Town of Mansfield to designate the Mansfield Planning and Zoning Commission (hereinafter the "PZC") as the Town's Municipal Aquifer Protection Agency.
In accordance with the provisions of Connecticut General Statutes § 22a-35a et seq., the PZC is hereby designated as the Municipal Aquifer Protection Agency (hereinafter the "Agency") of the Town of Mansfield.
Members of the PZC shall serve coexisting terms on the Agency. The membership requirements of the Agency shall be the same as those of the PZC, including, but not limited to, the number of members, the terms of members, the method of selection of members, the removal of members, and the 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 Connecticut General Statutes § 22a-354v.
The Agency shall adopt regulations in accordance with Connecticut General Statutes § 22a-354p and the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies § 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; and
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.
Not later than three months after approval of Level B mapping of aquifers by the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, 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 Commissioners pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes § 22a-354f. In accordance with Connecticut General Statutes § 22a-354e, such inventory shall be completed not more than one year after the designation and establishment of the Agency.
Whenever used, the singular number shall include the plural, and the plural the singular.