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Program Changes

States with approved coastal management programs (CMPs) may amend, modify or otherwise change their program, pursuant to section 306(e) of the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) and its implementing regulations (15 C.F.R. Part 923, Subpart H). Changes in the manner in which states manage coastal uses and resources that affect approved CMPs must be reviewed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (NOAA-OCRM). CZMA regulations define two types of program changes: amendments and routine program changes. Amendments are defined as substantial changes to one or more of the following program areas:

  • Uses subject to management
  • Special management areas
  • Boundaries
  • Authorities and organization
  • Coordination, public involvement and national interest

Routine program changes represent further refinements of a state CMP that do not result in a substantial change to one or more of the five program areas listed above. For example, the 2004 Routine Program Change transferred the New Hampshire Coastal Program (NHCP) from the Office of Energy and Planning to the Department of Environmental Services.

Since NOAA-OCRM's original approval of the NHCP in 1982, the program has received approval for a number of amendments and routine program changes. Links to many of these changes are provided below.

NHCP Amendments

2004 Boundary Amendment

In February 2003, the NHCP submitted an amendment of its inland boundary to NOAA-OCRM for approval. The amendment expanded the inland boundary to encompass the total area of the 17 tidal coastal municipalities. Prior to this amendment, the program's coverage was limited to the geographic area described in the Final 1988 Environmental Impact Statement. NOAA-OCRM approved this amendment on December 16, 2003, and it became effective with notice in the Federal Register on February 12, 2004.

2004 Boundary Amendment

1988 Final Environmental Impact Statement

In 1988, the NHCP submitted the NHCP and Final Environmental Impact Statement (NHCP-FEIS) to NOAA-OCRM for approval. The NHCP-FEIS replaced the 1982 NHCP Ocean and Harbor Segment, which covered the Atlantic Ocean, the Hampton Estuary, and the Portsmouth Harbor portion of the New Hampshire coast. The 1988 amendment expanded NHCP's geographic area by combining the areas covered in the Ocean and Harbor Segment with areas under tidal influence, including the Piscataqua River and Great and Little Bays.

NHCP Routine Program Changes

2008 Routine Program Change

This change, which was submitted to NOAA-OCRM in October 2008 and approved on January 16, 2009, consists of the following actions: 1) Changes to the NHCP’s federal consistency public participation procedures; 2) Changes to the NHCP’s list of federal assistance activities subject to federal consistency review; and 3) Incorporation of the New Hampshire Coastal Program Guide to Federal Consistency Coastal Zone Management Act § 307 into the NHCP.

2004 Routine Program Change

This change incorporated the government reorganization authorized by New Hampshire Senate Bill 534, which transferred NHCP from the Office of Energy and Planning to the Department of Environmental Services.

2003 Routine Program Change

This change included statutory updates to NHCP's enforceable references from 2001 and 2002, and changed enforceable policy 13 as a result of a modification of the state's wetlands law.



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