[HISTORY: Adopted by the Special Town Meeting of the Town of East Hampton 5-28-1974; amended 8-22-1989. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The legislative finding and the purpose of "The Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Act" as set forth in § 22a-36 of the Connecticut General Statutes is hereby incorporated into this chapter as such applies to the Town of East Hampton.
The Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency shall consist of seven regular members and two alternate members appointed by the Town Council for three-year overlapping terms. Incumbent members shall continue to serve until their terms expire and replacements are appointed. In addition, two alternates shall be appointed, one to serve until May 31, 1990, and one to serve until May 31, 1991; thereafter the terms of alternates shall be for three years.
The Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency is authorized and empowered to promulgate such regulations, in conformity with regulations promulgated by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, as are necessary to protect the wetlands and watercourses within the territorial limits of the Town of East Hampton and define boundaries of inland wetland areas in the scope and manner set forth in said statutes, as amended.
In carrying out the purposes and policies of the Act, the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency shall take into consideration all relevant facts and circumstances, including, but not limited to:
The environmental impact of the proposed action;
The alternatives to the proposed action;
The relationship between short-term uses of the environment and the maintenance and the enhancement of long-term productivity;
Irreversible and irretrievable commitments of resources which would be involved in the proposed activity;
The character and degree of injury to, or interference with, safety, health or the reasonable use of property which is caused or threatened; and
The suitability or unsuitability of such activity to the area for which it is proposed.
Any person aggrieved by a final decision of the Town acting through the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency shall have the right of appeal to the Superior Court of Middlesex County as provided by § 22a-43 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended.
Any person violating this chapter or regulations promulgated thereunder shall be subject to the remedies and penalties provided by § 22a-44 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended.