HB 682-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
HOUSE BILL 682-FN
SPONSORS: Rep. Spang, Straf. 6; Sen. D'Allesandro, Dist 20; Sen. Watters, Dist 4
COMMITTEE: Resources, Recreation and Development
I. Renames the wetlands and shoreland review fund as the water resources fund.
II. Clarifies that certain application and permit fees are non-refundable.
III. Repeals the terrain alteration fund.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
4Apr2019... 1287h 19-0783
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
(b) The application fee for shoreline structure projects shall be [$200] $400 plus an amount based on the area of dredge, fill, or dock surface area proposed, or a combination thereof, which shall be [$2] $4 per square foot for permanent dock surface area; [$1] $2 per square foot for seasonal dock surface area; and [$.20] $.40 per square foot for dredge or fill surface area or both. For projects involving only the repair, reconstruction, or reconfiguration of an existing docking structure, the application fee shall be [$200] $400.
(c) The application fee shall be [$200] $400 for minimum impact dredge and fill projects [under this chapter] and for non-enforcement related publicly funded and supervised restoration projects as defined by rules, regardless of impact classification, if undertaken by other than the person or persons responsible for causing the restoration to be needed. The application fee for all projects under this chapter which are not covered by subparagraph (b) or (c) or paragraphs IV-a, V, X through XII, XV, XVI, or XVII through XIX shall be [$.20] $.40 per square foot of proposed impact, with a minimum fee of [$200] $400 for all such projects that impact fewer than [1,000] 600 square feet.
III. The filing fees collected pursuant to paragraphs I, V(c), XI(h), XII(c), and X are continually appropriated to and shall be expended by the department for paying per diem and expenses of the public members of the council, hiring additional staff, reviewing applications and activities relative to [the] wetlands [of the state] under RSA 482-A, [and] protected shorelands under RSA 483-B, alteration of terrain under RSA 485-A:17, conducting field investigations, and holding public hearings. Such fees and any monetary grants, gifts, donations, or interest generated by these funds shall be deposited with and held by the treasurer in a nonlapsing fund identified as the [wetlands and shorelands review] water resources fund.
(a) The maximum cash application fee for the New Hampshire department of transportation shall be [$10,000] $30,000 per application plus provisions for technical or consulting services or a combination of such services as necessary to meet the needs of the department. The department may enter into a memorandum of agreement with the New Hampshire department of transportation to accept equivalent technical or consulting services or a combination of such services in lieu of a portion of their standard application fees.
(1) The time limits prescribed by this paragraph shall supersede any time limits provided in any other provision of law. The time limits prescribed by this paragraph shall not apply to applications submitted by the department of transportation, for which time limits shall be set by a memorandum of agreement between the commissioner of the department of environmental services and the commissioner of the department of transportation. If the department fails to act within the applicable time frame established in subparagraphs (a)(3), (a)(4), and (a)(5), the applicant may ask the department to issue the permit by submitting a written request. If the applicant has previously agreed to accept communications from the department by electronic means, a request submitted electronically by the applicant shall constitute a written request.
(e) Any request for an amendment to an application or permit shall be submitted to the department on the appropriate amendment form. Any request for a significant amendment to a pending application or an existing permit which changes the footprint of the permitted fill or dredge area shall be deemed a new application subject to the provisions of RSA 482-A:3, I and the time limits prescribed by this paragraph. "Significant amendment" means an amendment which changes the proposed or previously approved acreage of the permitted fill or dredge area by 20 percent or more, [relocates the proposed footprint of the permitted fill or dredge area,] includes a prime wetland, or [surface waters of the state, includes a wetland of a different classification as classified by the department, or includes non-wetland areas requiring permits for filling and dredging] elevates the project’s impact classification. This meaning of "significant amendment" shall not apply to an application amendment that is in response to a request from the department.
XIV-a.(a) With the exception of permits issued under subparagraph (b) or paragraph XIV-b, all permits issued pursuant to this chapter shall be valid for a period of 5 years. Requests for extensions of such permits may be made to the department by submitting the information required in rules adopted by the department. The department shall grant one extension of up to 5 additional years, provided the applicant demonstrates all of the following:
(1) The permit for which extension is sought has not been revoked or suspended without reinstatement.
(2) Extension would not violate a condition of law or rule other than that established in this paragraph relative to permit duration.
(3) The project is proceeding towards completion in accordance with plans and other documentation referenced by the permit.
(4) The applicant proposes reasonable mitigation measures to protect the public waters of the state from deterioration during the period of extension.
(b) Any permit issued to repair or replace shoreline structures to maintain the integrity and safety of such structures including, but not limited to docks, sea walls, breakwaters, riprap, access ramps and stairs, that are damaged by storms or ice, shall expire 10 years from the date the permit was issued as long as any work performed after the initial permitted work complies with the following:
(1) The work is not in violation of the original permit or subparagraphs (a)(1)-(4).
(2) All structures are repaired or replaced to the original permitted location and configuration.
(3) All significant work is reported to the department in accordance with the reporting requirements for the original permit.
(c) After review, if the department determines that a request to extend a permit for a major project in public waters meets the stated criteria, the department shall submit the request to the governor and executive council with a recommendation that the request be approved. The department shall issue decisions on all other extension requests.
(b) [Appropriate] The utility provider shall provide an annual notice to the department, which shall include the following information:
(d) A [one-time annual] non-refundable filing fee of [$200] $400 per town[, not to exceed a maximum of $10,000,] per year shall accompany the notice to the department. Such fees shall be held in accordance with paragraph III.
XVIII. The department shall develop [an installer's] a certification program for culvert maintainers, in accordance with paragraph XVII, and shall determine the educational requirements for certification, including continuing education requirements. Professional engineers who are duly licensed by the New Hampshire board of professional engineers are exempt from the program requirements of this section. All certified individuals who perform such work shall submit a quarterly report to the department fully identifying work that they performed during each quarter and documentation of continuing education requirements.
XIX. The department shall issue [an installer's permit] a culvert maintainer certificate to any individual who submits an application provided by the department, and has satisfactorily completed the program in accordance with paragraphs XVII and XVIII. [Permits] Initial certificates shall be [issued] valid through December 31 of the year following the year of issue. Renewal certificates shall be valid from January 1 [and shall expire] through December 31 of every other year. Permits shall be renewable upon proper application, and documentation of compliance with the continuing education requirement of paragraph XVIII. The installer's permit may be suspended, revoked, or not renewed for just cause, including, but not limited to, the installation of culverts in violation of this chapter or the refusal by a permit holder to correct defective work. The department shall not suspend, revoke, or refuse to renew a permit except for just cause until the permit holder has had an opportunity to be heard by the department. An appeal from such decision to revoke, suspend, or not renew a permit may be taken pursuant to RSA 21-O:14.
(d) The certification shall be valid for one year from the date of issuance and may be renewed every year. The initial fee for certification shall be $200 and the fee for renewal shall be $50. The department shall not issue a certification or a renewal certification if the required fee is not paid. All fees shall be deposited into the [wetlands and shoreland review] water resources fund established in RSA 482-A:3, III.
II. A separate, non-lapsing account shall be established within the fund into which all administrative assessments collected under RSA 482-A:30, III and RSA 482-A:30-a, II shall be placed. Such account moneys shall [only] be used [to support up to 2 full-time positions] for administration of the fund, including staff, and aquatic resource mitigation related projects. [No other fund moneys shall be used for state personnel costs.]
VI. All permits issued pursuant to this chapter shall be valid for a period of 5 years. Requests for extensions of such permits may be made to the department by providing such information as is required by rules adopted pursuant to RSA 541-A. The department shall grant one extension of up to 5 additional years, provided the applicant demonstrates all of the following:
(b) The permit application fee shall be [$100] the base fee specified in this subparagraph plus an impact fee of [$.10] $.20 per square foot of area affected by the proposed activities and shall be deposited in the [wetlands and shorelands review] water resources fund established under RSA 482-A:3, III. [Such fees shall be capped as follows:
(1)] For projects that qualify for permit by notification under this paragraph or RSA 483-B:17, X, [$100], the base fee shall be $200 for restoration of water quality improvement projects, and [$250] the base fee shall be $400 for all other permit by notification projects.
[(2) For projects of 0-9,999 square feet, that do not qualify for a permit by notification, $750.
(3) For projects of 10,000-24,999 square feet, $1,875.
(4) For projects of 25,000 square feet or more, $3,750.]
II. In applying for approvals and permits, pursuant to paragraph I, applicants shall demonstrate that the proposal meets or exceeds the development standards of this chapter. The department shall develop minimum standards for information to be required on or with all applications under paragraph I. The department or municipality shall grant, deny, or attach reasonable conditions to approvals or permits listed in subparagraphs I(a)-(f) and RSA 483-B:5-b, to protect the public waters or the public health, safety, or welfare. Such conditions shall be related to the purposes of this chapter.
II.(a) The department shall charge a fee for each review of plans, including project inspections, required under this section. The plan review fee shall be based on the [extent of contiguous] total area to be disturbed. Except for property subject to RSA 483-B:9, the fee for review of plans encompassing an area of at least 100,000 square feet but less than 200,000 square feet shall be [$1,250] $3,125. For the [purposes of] property subject to RSA 483-B:9, the fee for review of plans encompassing an area of at least 50,000 square feet but less than 200,000 square feet shall be [$1,250] $3,125. An additional fee of [$500] $1,250 shall be assessed for each additional area of up to 100,000 square feet to be disturbed. No [permit] application shall be [issued] accepted by the department until the fee required by this paragraph is paid. All fees required under this paragraph shall be paid when plans are submitted for review and shall be deposited in the [terrain alteration] water resources fund established in [paragraph II-a] RSA 482-A:3, III.
(b) The department shall charge a non-refundable fee of $500 plus a $.10 per square foot fee for each request to amend a permit that requires plans to be reviewed.
(131) Moneys deposited in the [wetlands and shorelands review] water resources fund established under RSA 482-A:3, III.
I. 2008, 5:27, I, relative to repealing permit application fees.
II. RSA 6:12, I(b)(256), relative to the terrain alteration fund.
III. RSA 482-A:3, XV(e), relative to the additional fee for amendments to the notification for maintenance to existing utility services.
IV. RSA 485-A:17, II-a, relative to the terrain alteration fund.
I. Paragraph I of section 17 of this act shall take effect June 30, 2019.
II. The remainder of this act shall take effect July 1, 2019.
HB 682-FN- FISCAL NOTE
AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2019-1287h)
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ X ] Other - Fee Revenue
This bill renames the wetlands and shorelands review funds as the water resources fund, clarifies that certain applications and permit fees are non-refundable, and repeals the terrain alteration fund. The Department of Environmental Services indicates this bill would combine the wetlands and shorelands fund with the terrain alteration fee account to create the water resources fund. The bill raises various fees for wetlands, alteration of terrain and shoreland programs to maintain sustainability based on forecasted expenditures for the three programs over the next four years. The amendment eliminates any new fees for services for which there currently is no charge. The Department averaged the volume of applications over the last four years and applied the new fee amounts in the bill. Assuming the same level of activity, the Department compared the proposed fee structure to the existing fee structure.
The Department assumes it will collect 90% or $2,106,178 of the increased fees in FY 2020 due to needing time to implement the new fee structure.
Assuming the program would be fully staffed, (all 31 positions filled) the Department projected expenditures of $4,096,351 in FY 2020, $4,160,331 in FY 2021, $4,364,088 in FY 2022, and $4,578,181 in FY 2023.
Assuming the volume of applications will be consistent with historic numbers, the Department projected the program revenues, expenditures and fund balances as follows:
Beginning Balance (FY 2019 Ending Balance)
Fees minus Costs
* FY 2020 revenue is 90% of the annual amount to allow time to implement fees.
Department of Environmental Services
|Jan. 3, 2019||Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Resources, Recreation and Development HJ 3 P. 25|
|Feb. 5, 2019||Public Hearing: 02/05/2019 01:00 pm LOB 305|
|Feb. 13, 2019||Executive Session: 02/13/2019 10:00 am LOB 305|
|Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 10-9; RC)|
|Feb. 27, 2019||Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 02/27/2019 (Vote 10-9; RC) HC 13 P. 25|
|Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate|
|Feb. 28, 2019||Ought to Pass: MA RC 201-147 02/28/2019 HJ 7 P. 18|
|Feb. 28, 2019||Referred to Ways and Means 02/28/2019 HJ 7 P. 21|
|March 13, 2019||Public Hearing: 03/13/2019 02:00 pm LOB 202|
|March 18, 2019||Full Committee Work Session: 03/18/2019 01:00 pm LOB 202|
|March 22, 2019||Subcommittee Work Session: 03/22/2019 09:00 am LOB 204|
|March 25, 2019||==TIME CHANGE== Subcommittee Work Session: 03/25/2019 10:00 am LOB 204|
|March 26, 2019||Full Committee Work Session: 03/26/2019 10:00 am LOB 202|
|March 27, 2019||Executive Session: 03/27/2019 10:00 am LOB 202|
|March 26, 2019||==CANCELLED== Subcommittee Work Session: 03/26/2019 01:30 pm LOB 203|
|March 27, 2019||Subcommittee Work Session: 03/27/2019 09:50 am LOB 202|
|March 27, 2019||Executive Session: 03/27/2019 10:00 am LOB 202|
|Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-1287h (Vote 20-0; CC)|
|April 4, 2019||Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-1287h for 04/04/2019 (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 18 P. 8|
|April 4, 2019||Amendment # 2019-1287h: AA VV 04/04/2019 HJ 12 P. 65|
|April 4, 2019||Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-1287h: MA VV 04/04/2019 HJ 12 P. 65|
|April 11, 2019||Introduced 04/11/2019 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources; SJ 13|
|April 23, 2019||Hearing: 04/23/2019, Room 103, SH, 10:00 am; SC 19|
|May 15, 2019||Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 05/15/2019; SC 22|
|May 15, 2019||Ought to Pass: MA, VV; 05/15/2019; SJ 16|
|May 15, 2019||Sen. Feltes Moved Laid on Table, MA, VV; 05/15/2019; SJ 16|
|May 15, 2019||Pending Motion OT3rdg; 05/15/2019; SJ 16|
|Feb. 5, 2019||House||Hearing|
|Feb. 13, 2019||House||Exec Session|
|Feb. 27, 2019||House||Floor Vote|
|March 13, 2019||House||Hearing|
|March 27, 2019||House||Exec Session|
|March 27, 2019||House||Exec Session|
|March 27, 2019||House||Exec Session|
|April 4, 2019||House||Floor Vote|
|April 23, 2019||Senate||Hearing|
|May 15, 2019||Senate||Floor Vote|