The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) is proposing to revise regulations governing the administration of the state's federally approved Coastal Program, and—as the lead agency charged with developing and implementing the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan—to promulgate regulations to administer the Plan pursuant to Section 4C(h) of MGL c 21A.

CZM is proposing to merge existing regulations concerning its Federal Consistency Review authority (currently 301 CMR. 21) into revised Coastal Zone Management Program regulations at 301 CMR 20. Federal regulations at 15 CFR §930 governing Federal Consistency Review were modified in 2007, and these changes required updates and revisions to our state regulations. CZM has determined that significant parts of the existing regulations at 301 CMR 21 are now duplicative of the federal rules, and that by moving the few necessary state provisions governing Federal Consistency Review in Massachusetts into the rules governing administration of the state's Coastal Program (301 CMR 20), the current regulations at 301 CMR 21 could be eliminated, reducing regulations and improving regulatory efficiency.

On behalf of the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, CZM is also proposing to promulgate regulations to administer and implement the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan pursuant to Section 4C(h) of MGL c 21A. 301 CMR 28 establishes the procedures and requirements necessary to interpret, implement, administer, and enforce M.G.L. c. 21A, §4C and the Ocean Management Plan. The review of projects subject to 301 CMR 28 is done primarily through MEPA and other existing permitting processes of the Commonwealth.

Public Hearing on Proposed CZM Regulation Revisions

On March 22 from 12:30-2:30 p.m., CZM will hold a public hearing in Boston on the proposed regulations at:

100 Cambridge Street
2nd Floor Conference Room A
Boston, MA 02114

The following documents provide details on the proposed CZM regulation revisions:

Public Hearing on Proposed Promulgation of Regulations for the Ocean Management Plan

On March 22 from 3:00-5:00 p.m., CZM will hold a public hearing in Boston on the proposed promulgation of regulations to administer and implement the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan at:

100 Cambridge Street
2nd Floor Conference Room A
Boston, MA 02114

The following documents provide details on the proposed Ocean Management Plan regulations:

Comments/Testimony

Written testimony on all the proposed regulations will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 22. Written testimony should be submitted via email to Robert.Boeri@state.ma.us or mailed to:

Robert Boeri
Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
251 Causeway Street, Suite 800
Boston, MA 02114