NORWALK, Conn. – There will be no public hearing concerning the 100-year flood plain at Washington Village if the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has its way.
DEEP has made a tentative determination that it will approve the Connecticut Department of Housing’s application to redevelop Washington Village, according to a post on its website. DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee also intends to waive the requirement for public hearing unless he gets a petition with 25 signatures asking him not to by Sept. 26.
The commissioner can waive the hearing if it’s in the public interest, if people will not be injured or property damaged, if the proposal is within the provisions of the National Flood Insurance Program and if the entity getting a loan for the project is aware that insurance premiums will be higher.
For information about how to send a comment to DEEP or about the procedure involved in getting a petition together, go to the state’s website.