Thursday, May 07, 2020

Gillette Chapter 91 Licenses Public Hearing 5/7

updated 5/7/2020 with correct Zoom link and dial in numbers.

P&G Gillette has applied to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to request the issuance of a Chapter 91 License for a portion of its Fort Point campus around the manufacturing facility. There will be a public hearing:

Thursday, May 7, 2020
3:00 pm via Zoom 
Meeting ID: 987 9652 2706
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Since 1873, the site we know as home to the Gillette World Shaving Headquarters is under jurisdiction of at least 33 different MassDEP Waterways Licenses that have been issued for the various fill, structures, and uses that exist on the current Gillette campus. To more easily maintain these structures and uses, all of which are currently authorized pursuant to Chapter 91, MassDEP advised that Gillette formally request consolidation of the fragmented licenses under a single water-dependent Chapter 91 License (“Master License”). Under the Waterways Regulations, water-dependent projects are presumed to serve a Proper Public Purpose. Regulatory standards such as setbacks, ground floor facilities of public accommodation, height, accessory parking restrictions, and one-to-one building to open space ratios therefore do not apply as they would for a non-water dependent use. 
There is no construction associated with the present application. The application for a Master License includes the following considerations:
        If and when Gillette proposes eligible water-dependent projects at the site, DEP can authorize them under Maintenance and Minor Project Modifications or License Amendments, thereby adding the projects to the Master License;
        Any proposed change to a non-water dependent use would require a robust public review process for a new Chapter 91 License, and an Environmental Notification Form under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act; and
        Section 5.2 of the Application presents a rebuttal of the MassGiS Presumptive Line of Chapter 91 jurisdiction to establish a portion of the campus as landlocked tidelands.
Public Comment Deadline:  May 29, 2020
Submit Comments to the Waterways Program c/o Susan You

Notification Date:  April 30, 2020, Boston Herald

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