DEEP: more edits to Harbor Management Plan

GREENWICH — Although the Board of Selectmen approved the Greenwich Harbor Management Plan without any debate July 13, an official with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said this week revisions still are necessary before it can be approved by the state.

Problems that remain include inconsistencies within the document and the need for clarification in some sections of the relative authority of the Harbor Management Commission, selectmen, state harbormaster and the state.

“Hopefully we are on the last lap,” DEEP Coastal Planner John Gaucher said Thursday. “I hope we can just, with a bit of writing back, say, ‘Look, here are the sections we need to address again. Bring the electronic file and we will make the edits together.’ No more back and forth.”

As an example of a change that needs to be made, he pointed to one section that determines how the Harbor Management Commission can review a harbormaster’s decisions. The passage references another section of the document in which all mention of the harbormaster position had been edited out.

Another section states town ordinances regarding harbors and harbor management can be amended the same way the Harbor Management Plan is updated — through a string of approvals by the HMC, BOS, to the state and then to the Representative Town Meeting.

But, according to state statutes, there are some regulations, for example regarding buoys and speed limits, that wouldn’t follow that process.

“So the (DEEP) Boating Division has 60 days and either agree, and whatever (the town) propose(s) can be adopted, or they won’t,” Gaucher said. “So basically Boating Division has the final say.”

Reached this week, Harbor Commission Chairman Bruce Angiolillo, who had just returned from a trip, said he had not been made aware of the need for changes.

“I haven’t heard about that,” he said. “We have the state’s word that all matters of any substantive nature have been…

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