[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Bethlehem as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Earth materials — See Ch. 75.
Article I Establishment
Article II Aquifer Protection Agency
In accordance with C.G.S. § 22a-42, there is hereby created for the Town of Bethlehem an Inland Wetlands Agency, with all the powers and duties specified in Chapter 440 of the Connecticut General Statutes.
The Inland Wetlands Agency shall consist of seven members and three alternates who shall be electors of the Town of Bethlehem. They shall be first appointed by the Board of Selectmen to serve until the next municipal election, at which time two members shall be elected for one-year terms, two members shall be elected to two-year terms, and three members shall be elected to three-year terms.
At said time, three alternates shall also be elected, one for a term of one year, one for a term of two years and one for a term of three years.
Each subsequent term for members and alternates shall be for three years.
Vacancies shall be filled by the Agency until the next municipal election.
Editor's Note: Original Section 5, which immediately followed this section and dealt with the existing regulations of the Conservation Commission, was repealed 12-20-1999.
In accordance with the provisions of C.G.S. § 22a-354a et seq., the Inland Wetlands Agency is hereby designated as the Aquifer Protection Agency (hereinafter the "Agency") of the Town of Bethlehem. The staff of the Inland Wetlands Agency shall serve as the staff of the Agency.
Members of the Inland Wetlands Agency shall serve coexisting terms on the Agency. The membership requirements of the Agency shall be the same as those of the Inland Wetlands Agency, including but not limited to the number of members, terms, method of selection and removal of members, and filling of vacancies.
At least one member of the Agency or staff of the Agency shall complete the course in technical training formulated by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection of the State of Connecticut, pursuant to C.G.S. § 22a-354v.
The Agency shall adopt regulations in accordance with C.G.S. § 22a-354p and R.C.S.A. § 22a-354i-3. Said regulations shall provide for:
The manner in which boundaries of aquifer protection areas shall be established and amended or changed.
Procedures for the regulation of activity within the area.
The form for an application to conduct regulated activities within the area.
Notice and publication requirements.
Criteria and procedures for the review of applications.
Administration and enforcement.
In order to carry out the purposes of the Aquifer Protection Program, the Agency will conduct an inventory of land use within the area to assess potential contamination sources.
Not later than three months after approval by the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection of Level B mapping of aquifers, the Agency will inventory land uses overlying the mapped zone of contribution and recharge areas of such aquifers in accordance with the guidelines established by the Commissioner pursuant to C.G.S. § 22a-354f. Such inventory shall be completed not more than one year after authorization of the Agency (C.G.S. § 22a-354e).