Gov. John Carney recently signed into law House Bill 190, bipartisan legislation that modernizes Delaware's Coastal Zone Act.
The law will allow for the responsible redevelopment of 14 legacy industrial sites in the coastal zone, new job creation and additional environmental clean-up of those legacy sites along Delaware's coastline.
Reps. Ed Osienski, Debra Hoffman and Ron Gray; and Sens. Bryan Townsend and Brian Pettyjohn sponsored the legislation, which passed the general assembly with bipartisan approval.
Carney — who called for responsible changes to the Coastal Zone Act during a joint address to the general assembly in March — signed the legislation at the former site of chemical manufacturer General Chemical in Claymont, now owned by D2 Management.
“This spring, I urged members of the general assembly to make responsible changes to the Coastal Zone Act that would allow us to create new jobs, while continuing to protect our environment. The responsible changes in this bill meet that test,” Carney said. “By passing this legislation, the general assembly recognized that we can clean up our abandoned industrial sites, responsibly redevelop them, and put them back to work for Delawareans. This new law will help create good-paying jobs and help us ensure that Delaware’s economy works for all Delawareans. Thank you to Rep. Osienski, Sen. Townsend and all members of the general assembly for their leadership on this issue.”
House Bill 190 establishes a conversion permitting process, overseen by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, to allow additional industrial development on specific legacy industrial sites within the coastal zone.
Companies seeking a conversion permit must submit an application that details the environmental and economic impacts of previous uses and planned redevelopment of the site, a proposal to offset any negative environmental impacts of industrial redevelopment and a plan to prepare the site for the long-term effects of sea-level rise.