Legislature(2003 - 2004)
2003-03-12 House JournalFull Journal pdf
2003-03-12 House Journal Page 0513 HB 191 HOUSE BILL NO. 191 by the House Rules Committee by request of the Governor, entitled: "An Act relating to the Alaska coastal management program and to policies and procedures for consistency reviews and the rendering of consistency determinations under that program; relating to the functions of coastal resource service areas; creating an Alaska Coastal Program Evaluation Council; eliminating the Alaska Coastal Policy Council; annulling certain regulations relating to the Alaska coastal management program; relating to actions based on private nuisance; relating to zoning within a third class borough covered by the Alaska coastal management program; and providing for effective dates." was read the first time and referred to the House Special Committee on Fisheries and the Resources, Judiciary, and Finance Committees. The following fiscal note(s) apply: 1. Zero, Dept. of Fish & Game 2. Zero, Dept. of Environmental Conservation 3. Fiscal, Dept. of Natural Resources The Governor's transmittal letter dated March 11, 2003, follows: "Dear Speaker Kott: Under the authority of art. III, sec. 18, of the Alaska Constitution, I am transmitting a bill to reform and streamline the Alaska Coastal Management Program (ACMP). This legislation is premised upon the statutory changes contained in Executive Order 106, which I presented to you on February 12, 2003. Executive Order 106 would transfer responsibility for the ACMP program from the division of governmental coordination in the office of management and budget to the Department of Natural Resources. 2003-03-12 House Journal Page 0514 The Alaska Coastal Management Program was first enacted in 1977 in order to participate in the federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972. The federal program is voluntary, and encourages states to adopt coastal programs by providing federal funds and the opportunity for federal consistency review. Federal consistency review enables the state to apply its authorities to projects located on federal land and the federal outer continental shelf where otherwise it would be preempted by federal law. The goal of this legislation is to create a new coastal management program that retains the benefits of the federal act but eliminates the duplication and complexity built into the present ACMP. This bill would achieve this goal by choosing the simplest of the three management techniques allowed by the federal act. The bill provides certainty and predictability to the ACMP process by clarifying the standards and responsibilities for program implementation. The central streamlining concept of the bill is the reliance on existing state statutes and regulations as the enforceable policies of the ACMP. The current duplicative consistency review process in AS 46.40.096 and 6 AAC 50 is eliminated by simply relying on the issuance of current state permits by the resource agencies as the means of determining whether an activity is consistent with the ACMP. The bill would eliminate district coastal management enforceable policies but retains a local role in three ways. First, AS 29 municipalities would retain their existing land use authorities to regulate private activity within their jurisdiction. Second, the bill authorizes the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), as the implementing agency, to adopt local ordinances as enforceable policies to be applied in consistency reviews of federal projects and Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) development. The DNR would consult with the local government when interpreting and applying the local ordinance as part of a consistency review. Third, the bill would specifically adopt certain existing coastal district policies for federal OCS development as state enforceable policies. Coastal resource service areas in the unorganized borough would no longer exist. However, municipalities within the unorganized borough could participate in both the funding and regulatory aspects of the 2003-03-12 House Journal Page 0515 program. Because the bill would affect the way coastal communities participate in the program, I have consulted with communities across the state and incorporated their suggestions into the legislation. The bill would also eliminate the Coastal Policy Council, but would create a Coastal Program Evaluation Council to submit a report to the Governor on the implementation of these reforms. The council would sunset July 1, 2005. I urge your prompt and favorable action on this measure. Sincerely, /s/ Frank H. Murkowski Governor"