Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is developing regulations for the Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act, which Governor John Carney signed into law on August 2, 2017. The act requires DNREC to develop regulations for a new permit process to allow industrial reuse of 14 heavy-industrial use sites in Delaware's Coastal Zone by October 1, 2019.

In 1971, Delaware's Coastal Zone Act prohibited the development of new heavy industrial uses in the Coastal Zone while allowing the existing heavy industry or bulk product transfer facilities on these 14 sites to continue. Since that time, many of these sites have become dormant or underutilized. The 2017 Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act will allow DNREC to issue permits for construction and operation of new heavy industry uses on these 14 sites for the first time since 1971. DNREC is beginning the process of developing the regulations for the issuance of such permits and is seeking public input.

DNREC plans to hold two public workshops on November 29th and 30th to pursue input from the public as they begin the regulatory process. The workshops will provide the public an opportunity to comment on the process DNREC will use to develop regulations for the conversion permits.

The agenda is expected to be as follows (same for both workshops):

  • Informative presentations about legislative changes to the Coastal Zone Act
  • An opportunity for public comment

The Consensus Building Institute (CBI) will be collecting information at the workshops. The CBI is being brought in to ensure that regulations are developed by DNREC with transparency and openness during the regulatory process. The information gathered at the workshops will be compiled in a report and used by DNREC to establish a Regulatory Advisory Committee (RAC). The RAC will help guide the development of Coastal Zone Conversion Permit regulations. The report will be made available for public review when complete.

All who attend the workshops will be asked to participate in breakout groups focused on establishing the RAC, and the role that committee will have in formulating regulations.

For more information on the Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act, visit their website.

The two workshops will be held (beginning at 6:00 p.m.):

  • Wednesday, Novebmer 29, at the Kingswood Community Center, 2300 Bowers Street, Wilmington, DE 19802; and
  • Thursday, November 30, at Delaware City Fire Hall, 815 5th Street, Delaware City, DE 19706.

Please contact Trinity's Frederick, MD office at (240) 379-7490, for any questions regarding this regulation or other environmental permitting and compliance needs your facility may have in the state of Delaware.