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What We Do
The inland wetlands and watercourses of the State of Connecticut are an indispensable, irreplaceable, and fragile natural resource with which the citizens of the State have been endowed. The wetlands and watercourses are an interrelated web of nature essential to:
- An adequate supply of surface and underground water
- Hydrological stability and control of flooding and erosion
- Recharging and purification of groundwater
- The existence of many forms of animal, aquatic and plant life
The preservation and protection of the wetlands and watercourses from random, unnecessary and unregulated uses, disturbance or destruction which is in the public interest and is essential to the health, welfare and safety of the citizens of the Town.
STAFF REVIEWS, FILING INSTRUCTIONS & COMMISSION MEETINGS
Staff reviews of proposed activities to determine if wetland application is required:
Search Documents on Demand for available scanned records
To obtain a review of your proposed project by Inland Wetlands, email a written description, along with any plans, surveys and photos, including contact information to: Kathleen.firstname.lastname@example.org
A reply with additional guidance will be provided as soon as possible.
APPLICATION Filing Instructions:
If Staff determines a wetland application is required, you will receive an application wetland checklist to follow.
Application forms found at www.newcanaan.info
File complete wetland application electronically and label each submittal accordingly, i.e. “Wetland Application”,
“Engineering Plans”, “Drainage Report”, "Soil Scientist Report", “Landscape Architect’s Plans“, “Architectural Drawings”, “DEEP Reporting Form”, etc.
When ready, send by email to: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
You are also required to, hand deliver or mail to Town Hall, one complete paper copy of your wetland application, along with the required checks and proof of mailing notices, if required.
Once deemed a complete application by Staff, your electronic application will be added to the online Administrative Review folder on the Town website-Inland Wetlands page or to the Commission Review folder, if your activity qualifies for a full Commission review.
Staff will start the review and coordinate with other Land Use Departments and the Commission.
COMMISSION REVIEWS and MEETING DETAILS:
If application submittal is complete and filed in a timely manner, your application will be scheduled for the Commission’s Agenda. All statutory deadlines apply. Schedule of meetings
Commission Meetings are being held via a virtual platform and once scheduled, the link will be added to the Meeting Agenda and posted online a minimum of 24 hours prior to the meeting.
Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Friday 7:30 to 1:30
Applications will not be accepted after 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 1:00 p.m. on Friday
Kathleen Holland, Director of Inland Wetlands and Watercourses, Floodplain Manager
Lola Sweeney, Administrative Assistant
Town Hall, Lower Level
77 Main Street
New Canaan, CT 06840