Lawmaker Wants Notification of State Park Plans [NBC Connecticut]

February 13, 2015

Article as it appeared on NBC Connecticut

A new southeastern Connecticut lawmaker says communities like Waterford should receive better notification when the state decides it wants to build a new park.

Republican Sen. Paul Formica of East Lyme has proposed legislation requiring the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commission to hold a public hearing in the town where any proposed state park would be located.

It also would require DEEP to notify the affected town’s chief elected official and applicable state lawmakers about the commissioner’s intent to create a park and information about the hearing, where plans would be presented.

A public hearing is planned Friday for the bill, which is in response to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s surprise announcement last fall to transform the state’s former Seaside Regional Center in Waterford into a park.