6111.026 Application for a general and individual state isolated wetland permit - notice and hearing.

(A)

(1) The director of environmental protection shall prescribe the form of the application for a general state isolated wetland permit and for an individual state isolated wetland permit.

(2) The director shall provide an explanation to an applicant for an individual state isolated wetland permit of the basis for the proposed denial of the application.

(B) Within fifteen business days after the receipt of an application for an individual state isolated wetland permit or an application for coverage under a general state isolated wetland permit, the director shall notify the applicant if the application is complete. If the application is not complete, the director shall include in the notice an itemized list of the information or materials that are necessary to complete the application. Time periods specified in sections 6111.02 to 6111.027 of the Revised Code shall not apply until the application is determined by the director to be complete. If the applicant fails to provide information or materials that are necessary to complete the application within sixty days after the director's receipt of the application, the director may return the incomplete application to the applicant and take no further action on the application.

(C) Except as provided in division (D) of this section, the director shall publish notice of the receipt of a complete application for an individual state isolated wetland permit in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the proposed filling of the isolated wetland that is the subject of the application is to take place. The director shall accept comments concerning the application and requests for a public hearing concerning the application for not more than twenty days following the publication of notice concerning the application.

If a public hearing is requested during the twenty-day comment period and the director determines that there is significant public interest, the director or the director's representative shall conduct a public hearing concerning the application. Notice of the public hearing shall be published not later than thirty days prior to the date of the hearing in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the proposed filling of the isolated wetland that is the subject of the application is to take place. If a public hearing is requested concerning an application, the director shall accept comments concerning the application until five business days after the public hearing. A public hearing conducted under this division shall take place not later than seventy days after the receipt of the application.

(D) Applications for individual state isolated wetland permits submitted under section 6111.024 of the Revised Code and the issuance of a general state isolated wetland permit under section 6111.021 of the Revised Code are subject to rules adopted under section 6111.12 of the Revised Code governing public notice and participation.

(E) When an application for a state isolated wetland permit is changed, altered, or amended after a public hearing was conducted in accordance with division (C) or (D) of this section, a second hearing shall not be required for the changed, altered, or amended application if the scope of the proposed filling that is proposed by the original application has not changed or the proposed filling has been reduced from that proposed in the original application.

(F) If the isolated wetland that is the subject of an application for an individual state isolated wetland permit submitted under section 6111.023 or 6111.024 of the Revised Code is part of a project that is subject to section 404 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, the director, at the request of the applicant, may revise the time periods established in this section for the public comment period and public hearing, if applicable, to coincide with the time periods for an application for a 401 water quality certification. If the applicant makes such a request, the director also may revise the time periods established in sections 6111.023 and 6111.024 of the Revised Code solely for the purpose of eliminating duplicative public comment and public hearing procedures as authorized by this division.

Effective Date: 07-17-2001