Connecticut SB 7: An Act Concerning Climate Change Planning and Resiliency (Public Act 18-82)
SB 7 supports both climate change mitigation and adaptation measures for Connecticut, with directives that will help to prepare the state for climate impacts, primarily sea level rise. Connecticut’s statutory references to sea level rise will now reflect the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation’s (CIRCA) planning recommendation of nearly two feet by 2050. The legislation requires all state or federally-funded coastal infrastructure projects to take this new sea level rise projection into account when being planned and developed. In addition, local municipalities are now required to adopt the most recent sea level change scenario of two feet by 2050 in all new evacuation plans or hazard mitigation plans.
As abbreviated from the bill, any revision of the state general statutes made after October 1, 2019 will:
- take into consideration risks associated with increased coastal flooding and erosion, depending on site topography, based on this sea level change scenario
- identify the impacts of increased flooding and erosion on infrastructure and natural resources
- make recommendations for the siting of future infrastructure and property development to minimize the use of areas prone to such flooding and erosion
- take into consideration the state's greenhouse gas reduction goals
The legislation also implements an interim target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 45% from a 2001 baseline by 2030 - as recommended by the Governor’s Council on Climate Change.
Publication Date: June 6, 2018
- State of Connecticut