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Connecticut Laws | Title 25 Water Resources. Flood And Erosion Control
CHAPTER 476a FLOOD MANAGEMENT
Sec. 25-68e. Suspension.

Sec. 25-68e. Suspension. (310)(Text)

The provisions of sections 25-68b to 25-68h, inclusive, and any regulations adopted thereunder may be suspended by the commissioner during any disaster emergency proclaimed by the Governor pursuant to section 28-9a or during an emergency declaration or major disaster declaration declared by the President of the United States under Public Law 93-288. (311)

Sec. 25-68f. Floodplain designation. (312)(Text)

Where more than one flood zone has been designated for an area, the most stringent designation shall be used in fulfilling the provisions of sections 25-68b to 25-68h, inclusive. (313)

Sec. 25-68g. Immunity. (314)(Text)

The state, any municipality or any officer or employee thereof shall not be liable for any damage resulting from reliance on any decision made pursuant to section 25-68d. (315)

Sec. 25-68h. Regulations. (316)(Text)

The commissioner shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 to implement the provisions of sections 25-68b to 25-68h, inclusive. Such regulations shall include, but not be limited to, (1) standards for stormwater management and flood flows and (2) procedures for certification or exemption of a proposal in accordance with section 25-68d. (317)

Sec. 25-68i. Guidelines for municipal ordinances re floodplains. (318)(Text)

The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall develop guidelines to be used by municipalities in revising ordinances restricting flood storage and conveyance of water for floodplains, as defined in section 8-2l, that are not tidally influenced. Such guidelines shall include, but not be limited to, a model ordinance that may be used by municipalities to comply with the provisions of section 8-2l. The commissioner shall make the guidelines available to the public. (319)

Sec. 25-68j. Hazard mitigation and floodplain management grant program: Definitions. (320)(Text)

As used in sections 25-68k to 25-68n, inclusive: (321)

(1) "Eligible applicant" means any municipality, regional planning agency organized under the provisions of chapter 127, any regional council of elected officials organized under the provisions of chapter 50, or any regional council of government organized under the provisions of sections 4-124i to 4-124p, inclusive; (322)

(2) "Hazard mitigation" means activities that include, but are not limited to, actions taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to human life, infrastructure and property resulting from natural hazards including, but not limited to, flooding, high winds and wildfires; and (323)

(3) "Floodplain management" means activities that include, but are not limited to, actions taken to retain the existing capacity of designated floodplain areas to store and convey flood waters. (324)

Sec. 25-68k. Hazard mitigation and floodplain management grant program: Administration by Commissioner of Environmental Protection. (325)(Text)

(a) The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall establish and administer a hazard mitigation and floodplain management grant program to reimburse eligible applicants for costs incurred in the reduction or elimination of long-term risks to human life, infrastructure and property from natural hazards, including, but not limited to, flooding, high winds and wildfires, and in the retention of present capacity of designated floodplain areas to store and convey flood waters. Each grant shall be in an amount equal to ninety per cent of the costs to be incurred for such activities. Application for a grant shall be made in writing to the commissioner in such form as the commissioner may prescribe and shall include a description of the purpose, objectives and budget of the activities to be funded by the grant. If the applicant is a municipality, the chief executive officer of the municipality applying for the grant may designate the town planner, the director of public works, the police chief, the fire chief or the emergency management director of such municipality as the agent to make the application. (326)

(b) The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall establish, by regulations adopted in accordance with chapter 54, relative priorities for the approval of grants under this section. Such priorities may take into account the differing needs of eligible applicants, the need for consistency and equity in the distribution of grant awards and the extent to which particular projects may advance the purposes of this section. The commissioner shall accord highest priority to projects which involve (1) the preparation or revision of hazard mitigation plans by municipalities, or (2) participation in the community rating system of the National Flood Insurance Program. The commissioner shall accord secondary priority to projects which involve (A) the execution of hazard mitigation projects by municipalities in accordance with approved hazard mitigation plans; or (B) administering and providing financial assistance for the hazard mitigation and floodplain management grant program established under this section. The commissioner may establish further criteria for the approval of grants under this section. Not later than February 1, 2005, the commissioner shall develop and disseminate a pamphlet that describes the evaluation process for grant applications under this section. In awarding grants under this section, the commissioner shall consult with any person the commissioner deems necessary. (327)

(c) The commissioner shall authorize grant awards under this section on or before July thirty-first and December thirty-first of each fiscal year in which payment of a grant is to be made. (328)

(d) The commissioner shall allocate not less than sixty per cent of the moneys in the hazard mitigation and floodplain management account in any fiscal year for grants under this section. (329)

Sec. 25-68l. Awarding of grants. (330)(Text)

(a) On and after July 1, 2005, within available appropriations, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall make grants to municipalities under section 25-68k. (331)

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