Public Hearing(s):
Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: 2nd Floor Conference Rooms,  MassDEP Headquarters

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: New Bedford Public Library, New Bedford, MA

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region Fisheries Office, Gloucester, MA


Public Comment Period Ends: 
May 9, 2016

Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management give notice of  their intent to amend the Waterways Regulations, the Designated Port Area (DPA) Regulations and the Municipal Harbor Plan (MHP) Regulations at 310 CMR 9.00, 301 CMR 25.00 and 301 CMR 23.00 respectively. 

The proposed changes to the Waterways Regulations are intended to promote public access to the waterfront by revising the provisions for Facilities of Public Accommodation.  The DPA regulations promote waterborne commerce and marine industrial use.  The proposed changes to the DPA and MHP regulations are intended to reduce regulatory provisions and increase the flexibility provided to municipalities and businesses by allowing for new and expanded economic development opportunities while ensuring the protection of current and future marine industrial opportunities in selected areas within DPAs. 

Written comments will also be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on May 9, 2016 and may be submitted electronically via email to dep.talks@state.ma.us, or by mail to:

MassDEP, Wetlands and Waterways Program

Bureau of Water Resources-Regulatory Comment Box

1 Winter Street, 5th floor

Boston, MA 02108-4747

Contact Ben Lynch at ben.lynch@state.ma.us or (617) 292-5615 or Bruce Carlisle at bruce.carlisle@state.ma.us or (617)-626-1205, with any questions.

Documents:

310 CMR 9.00: Waterways

Proposed Changes Related to Designated Port Areas - clean version  pdf format of Proposed Changes Related to DPA - clean version

Proposed Changes Related to Designated Port Areas - redline version  pdf format of Proposed Changes Related to DPA - redline version

Proposed Changes Related to Facilities of Public Accommodation - clean version  pdf format of Proposed Changes Related to FPA - 2016

Proposed Changes Related to Facilities of Public Accommodation - redline version  pdf format of Proposed Changes Related to FPA - redline

 

301 CMR 23.00: Review and Approval of Municipal Harbor Plans

Draft 301 CMR 23: Review and Approval of Municipal Harbor Plans - clean version  pdf format of Draft 301 CMR 23: clean version

Draft 301 CMR 23: Review and Approval of Municipal Harbor Plans - redline version  pdf format of Draft 301 CMR 23: redline

 

301 CMR 25.00: Designation of Port Areas

Draft 301 CMR 25: Designation of Port Areas - clean version  pdf format of Draft 301 CMR 25: clean version

Draft 301 CMR 25: Designation of Port Areas - redline version  pdf format of Draft 301 CMR 25: redline version

Summary Document