LD 563 – An Act To Help Municipalities Prepare for Sea Level Rise

Summary: This bill amends the State’s growth planning and land use laws to reflect that addressing
the effects of sea level rise is a state planning and regulatory goal. The bill amends the laws
regarding the State’s coastal management policies to direct state, local and certain federal
agencies responsible for regulating, planning, developing or managing coastal resources to
conduct their activities affecting the coastal area consistent with the policy of encouraging the
assessment of and planning for the effects of the rise in sea level. The bill provides that a coastal
municipality or multimunicipal region that includes a coastal municipality, if the municipality or
region adopts a growth management program under the State’s growth planning and land use laws,
may include in its comprehensive plan projections regarding sea level changes and the potential
effects of the rise in sea level and may develop a coordinated plan for addressing the effects of the
rise in sea level. The bill also provides that “coastal municipality” means a municipality or township
in the coastal zone as identified by a coastal program administered by the Department of Marine
Resources.

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