HARBOR MANAGEMENT COMMISSION- MYSTIC
ORDINANCE RE: MYSTIC HARBOR MANAGEMENT COMMISSION
WHEREAS, the Town of Stonington wishes to protect its marine resources and sensitive natural resource areas found along and in the Mystic Harbor; to provide greater public opportunities for water-based recreational activities; to maintain and enhance navigational facilities for the benefit of all Mystic Harbor users; to allocate land and water resources in an economically and environmentally sound manner; and
WHEREAS, the Town believes that the most equitable way of balancing competing uses in Mystic Harbor is to develop, adopt and implement a harbor management plan for Mystic Harbor; and
WHEREAS, a harbor management commission could properly manage and plan for Mystic Harbor;
THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE LEGAL VOTERS OF THE TOWN OF STONINGTON IN LAWFUL MEETING DULY ASSEMBLED: that
Section I. COMMISSION COMPOSITION. There shall be and hereby is created a Mystic Harbor Management Commission to consist of five (5) members and two (2) alternate members, who are voters and residents in the Town of Stonington and who are appointed by majority vote of the Board of Selectmen in conformity with Section II of this ordinance.
No person otherwise qualified may be or may remain a member of the Mystic Harbor Management Commission if she or he is or becomes a member of any other Town of Stonington Commission established to regulate harbor management in accordance with section 22a-113k of the Connecticut General Statutes.
In addition the harbor master or deputy harbor master appointed under Title 15 of the Connecticut General Statutes whose jurisdiction is Mystic Harbor, shall be nonvoting ex-officio members.
Section II. COMMISSION MEMBER TENURE. The term of all regular voting members shall run for four (4) years and until their successors shall be appointed, except at the first appointment to the Commission one (1) member appointed by the Board of Selectmen shall hold office for two (2) years, and two (2) members shall hold office for three (3) years, and two (2) members shall hold office for four (4) years and until their successors shall be appointed. Terms of not more than two (2) members shall terminate in any single year. The appointments shall be made within sixty (60) days following the date on which this ordinance shall become effective.
Should any member not complete the term of office for which he or she has been appointed for any reason, the said Board of Selectmen shall appoint a qualified person to fill the member's unexpired term of office. A Commission member can be removed by the Board of Selectmen upon request of the Commission, for failure to attend four (4) consecutive meetings without good reason.
Alternate members shall be appointed for two (2) years except that the initial term of one (1) alternate shall be for one (1) year. Alternate members shall serve in place of absent regular members, if necessary.
The Commission shall elect a chairperson and secretary, the Commission can form subcommittees to address specific duties of the Commission.
Section III. COMMISSION MEMBER COMPENSATION AND EXPENSES. No member of the Commission shall receive compensation for services but may be reimbursed for any necessary expenses.
Section IV. COMMISSION JURISDICTION. The territorial limits of the waters which shall constitute the jurisdictional limits of the Commission, shall include the following:
All the water bounded by a line commencing at the intersection of the Stonington-Groton town line with the southerly boundary of the U.S. Route 1 right-of-way; thence running in an easterly direction along the southerly boundary of the U.S. Route 1 right-of-way to its intersection with the center line of the Masons Island Road right-of-way; thence turning and running in a southerly direction along the center line of the Masons Island Road right-of-way to the center of the causeway bridge; thence turning and running in a southerly direction in a straight line to the northeasterly corner of the Special Anchorage Area located on the easterly side of Masons Island and shown on N.O.A.A. Chart No. 13214, as in effect on October 31, 1989; thence turning and running in a southerly direction in a straight line along the easterly boundary of the
Special Anchorage Area to the southeasterly corner of the Special Anchorage Area; thence turning and running in a southeasterly direction in a straight line extending into Fishers Island Sound a total distance of 2,500 feet from the southeasterly corner of the Special Anchorage Area described above, and passing through the position of Buoy No. N-6 southwest of Cormorant Reef and east of Enders Island, as shown on the N.O.A.A. Chart No. 13214, described above; thence turning and running in a westerly direction in a straight line passing through the most northerly point of Ram Island and continuing to the Stonington-Groton town line; thence turning and running in a northerly direction along the Stonington-Groton town line to the point of beginning; and all navigable waters, as the term navigable waters is defined in Connecticut General Statutes Section 15-3a, of the
Mystic River that are within the municipal limits of the Town of Stonington and north of the Route 1 right-of-way to the headwaters of the Mystic River where U.S. Route 27 crosses Whitford Brook.
Section V. COMMISSION POWERS, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. The purpose of the Mystic Harbor Management Commission shall be to prepare a harbor management plan for Mystic Harbor in accordance with sections 22a-113m through 22a-113o of the Connecticut General Statutes. Upon adoption of the plan, the Commission shall provide for the annual review of the harbor management plan and shall make any additions and/or modifications to the plan that may be deemed appropriate subject to the process set forth in Section 22a-113m through 22a-113o of the Connecticut General Statutes or other subsequent harbor management legislation enacted by the General Assembly. In addition, the Commission may exercise any of the following powers, duties and responsibilities:
(a) to recommend ordinances for adoption by the Town of Stonington which implement the harbor management plan and which may specify fines for violation of these ordinances, in accordance with Section 22a-113m of the Connecticut General Statutes;
(b) to assist the harbor master or deputy harbor master, whose jurisdiction is the Mystic Harbor, in the assignment of moorings, the management of moorings and anchorage areas and the collection of mooring fees after a local mooring fee system is established by ordinance;
(c) to prepare an operating budget for the Commission using funds from sources which may include, but are not limited to, local appropriations, mooring fees, violation fines, or a harbor management fund established by town ordinance;
(d) to assist in the coordination of all public and private agencies, commissions and other organizations which have interest or jurisdiction within the harbor area;
(e) to review and make recommendations on proposed land and water use activities contiguous to the waterfront and within the waters delineated in Section IV of this ordinance that are received for review by other municipal agencies, in accordance with the procedure described in Section VI of this ordinance;
(f) to review for consistency with the harbor management plan any public notice of an application for a local, state or federal permit for an activity taking place within the Commission's jurisdiction as described in Section IV of this ordinance, and to respond in a timely fashion with recommendations to the regulating agencies;
(g) to conduct or cause to be conducted, studies of the conditions and operations in land adjacent to the waters delineated in Section IV of this ordinance; and
(h) to request, when appropriate, a general permit from the United States Army Corps of Engineers and/or delegation of state enforcement authority pursuant to Section 22a-2a of the Connecticut General Statutes.
Section VI. REFERRAL OF PROPOSALS SUBMITTED TO OTHER MUNICIPAL AGENCIES. Pursuant to Section 22a-113p of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Commission shall review and make recommendations, consistent with the adopted harbor management plan, on any proposal affecting the real property on, in, or contiguous to the waters delineated in Section IV of this ordinance submitted to any Town of Stonington agency, commission or authority, including but not limited to the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Zoning Board of appeals, the Water Pollution Control Authority, and the Shellfish Commission. The Mystic Harbor Management Commission shall be notified in writing of any such proposal at least thirty-five (35) days prior to the commencement of the hearing thereon or where no hearing is held, at least thirty-five (35) days prior
to the taking of any final action on the proposal. The respective municipal agency shall send a copy of the application/proposal to the Commission on request.
The primary reviewing agency authorized to act on the proposal shall consider the recommendations of the Commission. A two-thirds vote of all the members of the agency having authority to act on the proposal shall be required to approve a proposal which has not received a favorable recommendation from the Commission, provided that the provisions of this section shall not be deemed to alter the authority of the agency having primary jurisdiction over the proposal to deny, modify or condition the proposal. Failure of the Commission to submit a recommendation on or before the date of the hearing or action on such a proposal shall be deemed an approval.
Section VII. SEVERABILITY. If any provision of this ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid for any reason, such invalidity shall not affect the other provisions or any other application of this ordinance which can be given effect without the invalid provisions or application, and to this end, all the provisions of this ordinance are hereby declared to be severable.
Section VIII. FUNDING. Upon passing of this resolution at Town Meeting, the Board of Selectmen be directed to request that the Board of Finance establish a line item of one hundred dollars ($100.00) for the purpose of funding the Mystic Harbor Management Commission.
Section IX. EFFECTIVE DATE. This ordinance shall become effective fifteen (15) days after publication in a newspaper having a circulation in the Town of Stonington.
Adopted October 17, 1989
Effective November 12, 1989
Amended Section IV November 20, 1989
Effective December 12, 1989