MADISON (WKOW) – Wisconsin environmental officials are taking public comments on a draft of state's first general wetlands construction permit next week.
A hearing is scheduled for July 31 in Madison by the Department of Natural Resources. The agency will take written comments through August 16.
Earlier this year, Republican lawmakers passed a bill that created a two-tiered construction permit system for the wetlands. Developers can apply to the DNR for a broad general permit or an individual permit for more specialized projects. In the past, developers could only apply for individual permits.
Republicans believe a general permit will speed up projects.
Under the DNR's draft regulations, the general permit would apply to projects smaller than 10,000 square feet. Developers would have to minimize erosion and wetland impacts.
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