DEEP plans to waive hearing on Norwalk Washington Village application

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.


8 responses to “DEEP plans to waive hearing on Norwalk Washington Village application”

  1. EveT

    Let’s get those petition signatures. Waiving a public hearing is a sure-fire way to instill resentment. Once the building is done, if any problems arise, the lack of a public hearing will be thrown in their faces forever.

  2. Oldtimer

    My understanding of the public notice is the DEEP plans to waive the requirements for building in a flood zone, at the request of the Norwalk redevelopment commission. Will that waiver have any effect on the funding for redeveloping Washington Village ? The new apartments would need to be higher above sea level if the present requirements for building in a flood zone were observed. Any building in which the lowest occupied floor is less than 16 ft above sea level will cost an awful lot to insure, enough to make the cost of raising entire structures a reasonable expense. Take a ride through Harbor view and see how many older buildings are being raised.

  3. Non Partisan Voter

    If I’m not mistaken, the living spaces are built above the flood elevation, with parking on the ground level. None of this is new news.

  4. One and Done

    What about the scores of late model $30k plus cars parked there all the time. Will those need to have an elevated garage as well?

  5. Ms Ruby McPherson

    It seems Redevelopment doesn’t want to spend the money to do the right thing, Water has to go somewhere. The drains that Al haven’t clean? Will the water flow to Ryans Park and the condo area. Will the escape lane or what they are calling Bike lane ruin the open space?

  6. Oldtimer

    The regulations redevelopment wants waived only apply to occupied floor levels. Parking spaces are not covered. Most storms that would flood the garage parking level would require moving the cars to a higher place and park them there until the storm flooding was past. I don’t know the exact numbers, but I believe complying with the flood zone regs would not require raising the new floor levels all that much.

  7. One and Done

    Oldtimer, These poor souls should have an elevated parking deck. Especially the several Lexus and Mercedes owners there. It’s only fair after all that they should be able to park where we pay them to live.

  8. Ms Ruby McPherson

    Don’t assume that the owners live there, just because of a park Lexus, could be a visitor or someone who needs a parking space on the street in front or the few inside. Either way not all are dealers and although we know most will not move back, once the voucher allows them to move elsewhere,prime water front. It should be done the right way for whom ever lives there.

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