Sunday , 11 December 2016

PUBLIC COMMENTS SOUGHT ON PROCESS TO STREAMLINE MUNICIPAL WETLAND PERMITS

A new general permit that streamlines approvals for municipal projects potentially affecting wetlands has been drafted and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on the language. The public comment period on the general permit runs until the close of business Jan. 23. Cami Peterson, waterway and wetland policy coordinator for DNR, said the ability to develop the streamlined general permit process was created by a change in wetland laws in 2012 under 2011 Wisconsin Act 118. The proposed general permit would enable municipalities to receive a more timely approval if their projects would meet standards set forth in the draft, including the unavoidable filling of just under one-quarter of an acre or 10,000 square feet of wetland, Peterson said. The scope of the general permit for municipal development limits eligibility to non-transportation projects conducted by cities, towns, villages and counties in Wisconsin. http://dnr.wi.gov/news/Weekly/?id=463#art4

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