The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will hold two public workshops in November seeking input as DNREC begins developing regulations for the Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act, which Gov. John Carney signed into law in August.

The act requires the department to develop and promulgate regulations for the redevelopment of 14 heavy-industrial use sites in Delaware’s Coastal Zone by Oct. 1, 2019. The workshops will provide the public an opportunity to comment on the process the department will use to develop regulations for the conversion permits DNREC will issue for sites to be redeveloped.

The workshops will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 29 at Kingswood Community Center, 2300 Bowers St., Wilmington; and 6 p.m. Nov. 30 at Delaware City Fire Hall, 815 Fifth St., Delaware City.

Information gathered at the workshops will be compiled by the Consensus Building Institute, a nonprofit organization collaborating with DNREC and the state of Delaware to ensure that regulations are developed with transparency and openness during the regulatory process.

Both workshops will follow the same agenda. The first part will include informative presentations about legislative changes to the Coastal Zone Act, which originated as House Bill 190 before it was signed into law as the Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act. An opportunity for public comment will be held afterward. During the second half of the workshop, all who attend will be asked to participate in breakout groups focused on establishing the Regulatory Advisory Committee and the role that committee will have in formulating regulations.

The information gathered by CBI in stakeholder interviews and comments made at the public workshops will not be used in drafting conversion permit regulations but are intended to gather input. Information gathered during the workshops and from CBI’s stakeholder interviews will be compiled in a report for DNREC and made available for public review when complete.

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