Town of East Hampton, CT
20 East High Street, East Hampton, CT 06424
SECTION 7 APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS (WETLAND REGS)
7.1.    Any person intending to conduct a regulated activity or to renew or amend a permit to conduct such activity, shall apply for a permit on a form provided by the Agency.  The application shall contain the information described in this section and any other information the Agency may reasonably require.  Application forms may be obtained in the offices of the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency.

7.2     If an application to the Town of East Hampton Planning, Zoning, or Planning and Zoning commission for subdivision or resubdivision of land involves land containing a wetland or watercourse, the applicant shall, in accordance with Section 8-3(g), 8-3c, or 8-26, as applicable, of the Connecticut General Statutes, submit an application for a permit to the Agency in accordance with this Section, no later than the day the application is filed with such planning, zoning, or planning and zoning commission.

7.3     All applications shall be filed for receipt with the Clerk of the Agency.  The application fee shall be paid at the time of filing.  A schedule of fees shall be available at the Offices of the Agency and the Town Clerk.

7.4     The application shall contain such information as is necessary for a fair and informed determination thereon by the Agency.

7.5     A prospective applicant may request the Agency to determine whether or not a proposed activity involves a significant impact activity.

7.6     All applications shall include the following information in writing or on maps or drawings:

a.      the applicant’s name, home and business mailing addresses and telephone numbers; if the applicant is a Limited Liability Corporation or a Corporation the managing member’s or responsible corporate officer’s name, address and telephone number.

b.      the owner’s name, mailing address and telephone number and written consent of the land owner if the applicant is not the owner of the land upon which the subject activity is proposed;

c.      applicant’s interest in the land with documents attached:

d.      the geographical location of the land which is the subject of the proposed activity and a description of the land in sufficient detail to allow identification of the inland wetlands and watercourses, the area(s)  (in acres or square feet) of wetlands or watercourse to be disturbed, soil type(s) and wetland vegetation;

e.      a location map of a scale no smaller than 1:1000’ scale, showing neighboring roads;

f.      the purpose and a description of the proposed activity and proposed erosion and sedimentation controls and other management practices and mitigation measures which may be considered as a condition of issuing a permit for the proposed regulated activity including, but not limited to, measures to (1) prevent or minimize pollution or other environmental damage, (2) maintain or enhance existing environmental quality, or (3) in the following order of priority:  restore, enhance and create productive wetland or watercourse resources;


g.      alternatives which would cause less or no environmental impact to wetlands or watercourses and why the alternative as set forth in the application was chosen; all such alternatives shall be diagramed on a site plan or drawing;

h.      a site plan of A-2 level accuracy or other survey type showing existing and proposed conditions in relation to wetlands and watercourses on the property and identifying any further activities associated with, or reasonably related to, the proposed regulated activity which are made inevitable by the proposed regulated activity and which may have an impact on wetlands or watercourses may be required;

i.      names and addresses of adjacent property owners;

j.      statement by the applicant that the applicant is familiar with all the information provided in the application and is aware of the penalties for obtaining a permit through deception or through inaccurate or misleading information;

k.      authorization for the members and agents of the Agency to inspect the subject land, at reasonable times, during the pendency of an application and for the life of the permit.

l.      a completed DEP reporting form; the Agency shall revise or correct the information provided by the applicant and submit the form to the Commissioner of Environmental Protection in accordance with section 22a-39-14 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies;

m.      submission of the appropriate filing fee based on the fee schedule established in Section 19 of these regulations.

n.      an evaluation of the significance of the wetlands on the property, specifically noting any vernal pools or other environmentally sensitive areas.

7.7     At the discretion of the Agency or its agent, or when the proposed activity involves a significant activity as determined by the Agency, additional information, based on the nature and anticipated effects of the activity, including but not limited to the following, is required:
                
a.      site plans for the proposed activity and the land which will be affected thereby which show existing and proposed conditions, wetland and watercourse boundaries, land contours, boundaries of land ownership, proposed alterations and uses of wetlands and watercourses and other pertinent features of the land and the proposed activity, prepared by a professional engineer, land surveyor, architect or landscape architect licensed by the State, or by such other qualified person;

b.      engineering reports and analyses and additional drawings to fully describe the proposed activity including any filling, excavation, drainage or hydraulic modifications to watercourses and the proposed erosion and sedimentation control plan;

c.      mapping of soil types consistent with the categories established by the National Cooperative Soil Survey of the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service; the wetlands shall be delineated in the field by a soil scientist and the soil scientist’s field delineation shall be depicted on the site plans;

d.      a description of the ecological communities and function of the wetlands or watercourses involved with the application and the effects of the proposed activity on the communities and wetland functions;

e.      a description of how the applicant will change, diminish, or enhance the ecological communities and functions of the wetlands or watercourses involved in the application, and each alternative, and a description of why each alternative provided was deemed neither feasible nor prudent;

f.      analysis of chemical or physical characteristics of any fill material;  and

g.      management practices and other measures designed to mitigate the impact of the proposed activity.  Such measures include, but are not limited to, plans or actions which avoid destruction or diminution of wetland or watercourses functions, recreational uses and natural habitats, which prevent flooding, degradation of water quality, erosion and sedimentation and obstruction of drainage or which otherwise safeguard water resources.

7.8     The applicant shall certify whether:

a.      any portion of the property on which the regulated activity is proposed is located within 500 feet of the boundary of an adjoining municipality;

b.      traffic attributable to the completed project on the site will use streets within the adjoining municipality to enter or exit the site;

c.      sewer or water drainage from the project site will flow through and significantly impact the sewage or drainage system within the adjoining municipality; or,

d.      water run-off from the improved site will impact streets or other municipal or private property within the adjoining municipality.

7.9     Ten copies of a complete application including all supporting documentation shall be submitted unless an applicant is otherwise directed, in writing, by the Agency.  Whenever a person or entity intervenes as a party in an agency proceeding pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes § 22a-19, the applicant shall provide the intervenor with a complete application.  Any further submissions made by the applicant in the course of the proceedings shall be filed with the Agency and provided to the intervenor.       

7.11    Any application to renew a permit shall be granted upon request of the permit holder unless the Agency finds that there has been a substantial change in circumstances which requires a new permit application or an enforcement action has been undertaken with regard to the regulated activity for which the permit was issued provided no permit may be valid for more than ten years.

7.12    Prior to the submission of an application for a regulated activity, at the applicant’s request the Agency may conduct a preapplication review of a proposed project.  Such preapplication review and any results or information obtained from it may not be appealed and shall not be binding on the applicant or the Agency.