September 19, 2017
- State Conservation and Development Policies: The Plan for Connecticut, 2018-2023 (State C & D Plan) - Revised Draft Available
- Connecticut State Water Plan Final Draft Report: Notice of Request for Written Comments
- NEW! University of Connecticut Athletic District Improvements, Mansfield
- NEW! Replacement and Improvements for the East Avenue Railroad Bridge, Norwalk
- NEW! Derby Downtown Redevelopment Project, Derby
- Route 7 Wastewater Facility Decommission and Construction of New Pump Station and Force Main to South St. Wastewater Treatment Facility, Ridgefield
- Proposed Sewer Easement, Pomfret
1. Conservation and Development Policies: The Plan for Connecticut, 2018-2023 (State C & D Plan)
The Office of Policy and Management (OPM) has published a revised draft of the Conservation and Development Policies: The Plan for Connecticut, 2018-2023 (Draft State C&D Plan), in accordance with CGS Section 16a-28(b). The Draft State C&D Plan, including the Draft Locational Guide Map, can be viewed at: https://www.ct.gov/opm/cwp/view.asp?a=2990&Q=587532&PM=1.
OPM, in cooperation with Regional Councils of Governments (COGs), will schedule, publicize, and conduct formal public hearings on the Draft State C&D Plan in each of the state’s nine planning regions over a five-month period.
Written comments from the public are welcomed and will be accepted until the close of business on October 16, 2017.
Written comments should be sent to:
Name: Daniel Morley
Agency: Office of Policy and Management
Address: 450 Capitol Avenue, MS #54 ORG
Hartford, CT 06106-1379
This notice is published in the Environmental Monitor at the request of the Office of Policy and Management to provide notice of the availability of the revised draft of Conservation and Development Policies: The Plan for Connecticut, 2018-2023. There is a strong link between this plan and CEPA.
2. Connecticut State Water Plan Final Draft Report: Notice of Request for Written Comments
The State Water Planning Council (WPC) is soliciting and collecting public comments on the Connecticut State Water Plan Final Draft Report. A copy of the draft plan and associated resources can be found at www.ct.gov/water.
Members of the public may submit written comments on the plan. Comments must be filed no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 20, 2017.
Pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. 22a-352(c), the (WPC) is required to provide a time period of not less than one hundred twenty days for public review and comment of the State Water Plan Draft Report prior to finalizing the State Water Plan Report and submitting it to the legislature. The WPC will fully consider all written and oral comments concerning the proposed state water plan and will make the electronic text of the finalized state water plan available on www.ct.gov/water, along with a report summarizing all public comments received, and (2) the changes made to the finalized state water plan in response to such comments and the reasons for such changes.
Written comments may be submitted electronically (recommended) or by mail.
To submit comments electronically, complete the web-based comment form at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CT_StateWaterPlan. This form provides the option to either (1) upload comments as a PDF or Word document (maximum size 16MB), or (2) input comments in a text box directly on the form.
To submit hard-copy comments by mail, send a letter to:
Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
10 Franklin Square
New Britain, CT 06051
ATTN: State Water Plan Draft Report Comments
All comments submitted using the methods above will become part of the formal public record and posted to www.ct.gov/water for viewing.
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"Scoping" is for projects in the earliest stages of planning. At the scoping stage, detailed information on a project's design, alternatives, and environmental impacts does not yet exist. Sponsoring agencies are asking for comments from other agencies and from the public as to the scope of alternatives and environmental impacts that should be considered for further study. Send your comments to the contact person listed for the project by the date indicated.
1. Notice of Scoping for University of Connecticut Athletic District Improvements
Municipality where proposed project might be located: Mansfield
Address of Possible Project Location: : Jim Calhoun Way on the University of Connecticut Storrs Campus, Mansfield, Connecticut
UConn proposes to construct improvements to the Athletic District in order to renovate and improve aging facilities consistent with NCAA Division I requirements. The 2015 Campus Master Plan identified a need for special use facilities and new athletic venues at the University. New stadium projects for soccer, baseball, softball, and throwing were identified as Master Plan priorities to be completed by 2020. The proposed improvements will provide special use facilities towards meeting the prioritized needs. Proposed improvements include:
- In-situ construction of a new competition soccer pitch and new seating;
- Construction of a new softball field surface and seating in or near its existing location;
- Relocation and construction of new baseball field and seating;
- Construction of a +/-54,000 square foot Performance Center including locker rooms, concessions, weight training, sports medicine, restrooms, and administrative offices for soccer, baseball, and softball;
- Construction of a sound barrier for the chillers at the Frietas Ice Forum;
- Minor improvements to the throwing area; and
- Relocation of practice soccer field and maintenance facility to present location of baseball field.
New construction associated with this project will incorporate best practices of sustainability with a minimum goal of LEED Gold certified.
Written comments from the public are welcomed and will be accepted until the close of business on: October 20, 2017
There will be a Public Scoping Meeting for this project at:
DATE: October 10, 2017
TIME: 7:00 p.m. (Doors will be open at 6:30 pm)
PLACE: Conference Room B of UConn's Facilities Operations & Building Services, 25 LeDoyt Road, Storrs, CT
Written comments should be sent to:
|Name:||Paul Ferri, Environmental Compliance Professional|
|Agency:||University of Connecticut, Office of Environmental Policy|
|Address:||31 LeDoyt Road, Unit 3055, Storrs, CT 06269-3055|
If you have questions about the public meeting, or other questions about the scoping for this project, contact:
|Name:||Paul Ferri, Environmental Compliance Professional|
|Agency:||UConn Office of Environmental Policy|
2. Notice of Scoping for the Replacement and Improvements of the East Avenue Bridge
Municipality where proposed project would be located: Norwalk, Connecticut
Address of Possible Project Location: Railroad Bridge over East Avenue
Project Description: The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) proposes to improve the East Avenue Railroad Bridge, the Metro-North Railroad station, and a nearby retaining wall in East Norwalk. The proposed work includes the following elements:
- Replace the East Avenue Railroad Bridge (State Bridge No. 03691R) with a new bridge structure;
- Construct elevators/stair structures for access to the station platforms;
- Lengthen existing station platforms along both sides of the new East Avenue Railroad Bridge and railroad;
- Replace a deteriorated timber retaining wall (Wall 27) along the south side of the railroad right-of-way; and
- Construct a temporary access road to the construction site off of Strawberry Hill Avenue.
- Construct a resilient replacement bridge to address the state of disrepair and age of the existing bridge substructure and superstructure;
- Improve pedestrian accessibility, safety, and mobility at the East Norwalk Metro-North Railroad station and platforms, including compliance with Americans with Disabilities (ADA) requirements; and
- Improve a deteriorated wall condition whereby the existing retaining wall cannot support current loading from commuter, inter-city passenger, and freight train movements.
|Name:||Mr. Kevin C. Fleming, Transportation Planner|
|Agency:||Connecticut Department of Transportation, Office of Environmental Planning|
|Address:||2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06111|
|E-Mail:||firstname.lastname@example.org (please use subject heading "East Avenue Bridge"|
If you have questions about the scoping for this project, contact:
|Name:||Mr. John Hanifin, Project Manager, Facilities and Transit|
|Agency:||Connecticut Department of Transportation, Bureau of Engineering and Construction|
|Address:||2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06111|
|E-Mail:||email@example.com (please use subject heading "East Avenue Bridge")|
This category is required by the October 2010 revision of the Generic Environmental Classification Document for State Agencies. A notice is published here if the sponsoring agency, after publication of a scoping notice and consideration of comments received, has determined that an Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE) does not need to be prepared for the proposed project.
1. Post-Scoping Notice for the Derby Downtown Redevelopment Project - Revised
Municipality where project will be located: City of Derby
CEPA Determination: On June 6, 2017, the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) published a Notice of Scoping to solicit public comments for this project in the Environmental Monitor. During the scoping period, the DECD received comments from the Department of Public Health (Drinking Water Section) and (Environmental Health Section), the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the State Historic Preservation Office, the Office of Policy and Management and two residents from the City of Derby.
The DECD has taken those comments into consideration and has concluded that the project does not require the preparation of Environmental Impact Evaluation under CEPA.
The agency's conclusion is documented in a Memo of Findings and Determination andEnvironmental Assessment Checklist. Please also find attached a letter to the Office of Policy and Management with responses to their queries.
If you have questions about the project, you can contact the agency at:
|CT Dept. of Economic and Community Development|
|505 Hudson Street, Hartford CT 06106|
What happens next: The DECD expects the project to go forward. This is expected to be the final notice of the project to be published in the Environmental Monitor.
After Scoping, an agency that wishes to undertake an action that could significantly affect the environment must produce, for public review and comment, a detailed written evaluation of the expected environmental impacts. This is called an Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE).
1. EIE Notice for Ridgefield Route 7 Wastewater Treatment Facility Decommission and Construction of New Pump Station & Force Main to South Street Wastewater Treatment Facility
Project Title: Route 7 Wastewater Facility Decommission and Construction of New Pump Station & Force Main to South Street Wastewater Treatment Facility
Municipality where project is proposed: Ridgefield
Addresses of Project Locations: South Street Plant: 22 South Street. Route 7 Plant: 9101 Ethan Allen Highway (Route 7).
The project is being undertaken to address aging and worn equipment and structures at the Town's two treatment facilities that are reaching the end of their service life, as well as to meet new, more stringent effluent limits. The Town is proposing to decommission the Route 7 Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) and consolidate treatment operations at the South Street WWTF. This involves the demolition of the Route 7 WWTF, and installation of a force main and pump station to convey flow to the South Street WWTF. The project also includes the potential to expand the South Street WWTF sewer service area by approximately 90 acres and 126 parcels based on an assessment of potential future sewer needs to address public health concerns with two areas of existing development. The South Street WWTF will be upgraded to comply with the anticipated facility effluent limits, as well as to handle the flow from the decommissioned facility and potential additional sewered areas.
The public can view a copy of this EIE at:
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Bureau of Water Protection & Land Reuse 2nd Floor
79 Elm Street, Hartford CT 06106
Ridgefield Town Clerk's Office
Ridgefield Town Hall
400 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Project Document: Ridgefield Environmental Impact Evaluation
Project Map(s): Figures 1 to 11 from the Draft EIE
Comments on this EIE will be accepted until the close of business on: October 6, 2017.
Additional information about this project can be found online at DEEP's Environmental Impact Evaluations for Water Projects
Send your comments about this EIE to:
|Agency:||Department of Energy and Environmental Protection|
|Address:||79 Elm Street, Hartford CT 06106|
1. Notice of Proposed Pomfret Sewer Easement
Complete Address of Property:
From Route 44/169 Crossing in Pomfret to Town Farm Road in Putnam
Number of acres to be transferred:
Non-exclusive easement along 3.27 miles of former railroad right-of-way
Click to View Maps:
Figure 1. Map of Property Location
Figure 2. Map of Property Location
The property contains the following:
|Structures:||Buildings in use||Buildings not in use||No Structures|
|Other Features:||x||Wooded land||Nonagricultural fields||Active agriculture|
|Paved areas||x||Ponds, streams, other water, wetlands|
|Water Supply:||Public water supply||On-site well||x||Unknown|
|Waste Disposal:||Served by sewers||On-site septic system||x||Unknown|
|Neighborhood Conservation Area|
|Rural Community Center|
|Existing Preserved Open Space|
|Not zoned||x||Not known|
Value of property, if known:
|x||If checked, value is not known.|
Type of Sale or Transfer:
|Sale or transfer of property in fee|
|x||Sale or transfer of partial interest in the property (such as an easement). Description of interest: Non-exclusive Easement|
Proposed recipient: Town of Pomfret
Proposed use by property recipient:
The Town of Pomfret intends to install a pressurized sanitary sewer line (i.e., force main pipe) beneath the Trail and an associated pump station off-trail. Each of the above-mentioned users will utilize an individual pump station that will convey wastewater to a centralized pump station located near the intersection of Route 44/169 in Pomfret (See Figure 2). From the centralized pump station, wastewater will be pumped over to the Wastewater Treatment Facility in the Town of Putnam via the force main pipe installed along the Trail for final treatment.
As owner of the Air Line State Park Trail, DEEP will continue to maintain the property for public recreation purposes. The centralized pump station would generally consist of a concrete wet well, submersible pumps, valve vault, remote alarm system, odor control system, a standby emergency generator, and approximately a 60’x12’ stockade fencing enclosure.
The agency is proposing to transfer the property with the following restrictions on future uses:
DEEP will reserve the right to continue to use the land within which the easement will be granted for any use and purposes. The easement will limit the future installation of above ground wastewater infrastructure or appurtenances associated therewith. The easement will require the installation of odor control measures. DEEP will ensure that it incurs no expense as a result of said easement and ensure that the Town of Pomfret bears all direct and indirect costs of construction, building, repairing, operation and maintenance of said easements.
|If checked, the state is not currently proposing restrictions on future uses.|
Reason the State of Connecticut is proposing to transfer this property:
DEEP, in cooperation with the Department of Transportation, will be developing the Trail to enhance recreational opportunities following the Town of Pomfret’s sewer installation project. In exchange, the Town is proposing to provide DEEP with an A-2 survey of the property and create engineering plans for the development of the trail, including 7 road crossings (2 of which are pedestrian bridge designs), all to DOT construction specifications.
Comments from the public are welcome and will be accepted until the close of business on OCTOBER 5, 2017
Comments may include (but are not limited to) information you might have about significant natural resources or recreation resources on the property, as well as your recommendations for means to preserve such resources.
Written comments* should be sent to:
Paul F. Hinsch
Bureau of Assets Management
Office of Policy and Management
450 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106-1379
*E-Mail submissions are preferred.
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