Malloy Approves Land Swap Plan

The governor today signed the bill that contains the swap proposal.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed the bill that contains the controversial “Haddam land swap” measure, a move that will see the state give 17.4 acres of land it owns near the Connecticut River to a private developer in exchange for 87 acres the developer owns in the Higganum section of town.

Senate bill 1196, the so-called “omnibus” conveyance bill, was signed into law by Malloy this morning, despite strong opposition from environmental groups from around the state and strong grassroots opposition in Haddam and beyond.

Both residents and environmental organizations had said the land swap would set a dangerous precedent of trading away state conservation lands for development and discourage future land sales or donations to the state.

Under the trade the owners of the Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station would get the 17.4 acres and will seek to build a retial development at the site, as well as a boutique hotel and other commercial projects that would complement their banquet facility. The land abuts the banquet hall business in the Tylerville section of town.

While Malloy’s approval of the measure comes as no surprise to opponents and proponents alike – he was widely expected to sign it – it represents a major blow to grassroots activists who had fought the swap.

Sharon Facey-Truglio July 09, 2011 at 12:09 AM
Marcia Hess July 09, 2011 at 02:02 PM
Thanks for articulating my thoughts better than I have been able to, despite many tries. Marcia Walsh Hess
Gene Bartholomew July 09, 2011 at 02:53 PM
Call and tell everyone you know to stop giving money to The Nature Conservancy, the Ct Fund for the Environment, and any other like organization. They failed us when we needed them most, beyond making a very lame public statement opposing the swap. What in the hell was that?? Well dear readers google Nature Conservancy scams/ scandals and you may be enlightened. What's even more hysterical is Rowland calling Malloy a pathological liar. Lets face it, Daily controlled Malloy because she runs the Finance Committee, nothing could get by her if he wanted anything, he in turn controlled Esty. See this article and the parts about the emails the Courant obtained through the FOI act, very very enlightening. Now perhaps we can have a corruption investigation. http://www.courant.com/news/politics/hc-malloy-signs-land-swap-0709-20110708,0,3428494.story
Gene Bartholomew July 09, 2011 at 02:58 PM
from the article: Two of the previously withheld e-mails included a draft of possible legislative testimony against the swap by Esty — a position that would have been consistent with the agency's stance in the past. The unused draft concluded: "The Department opposes [the swap] because it is inconsistent with our policy on the exchange of preserved open space, discussions have yet to include lands in exchange that are of great value to the Department, and this conveyance may be premature given the on-going discussions at the local level that could further refine this proposal." The other two e-mails that Esty released Friday were exchanged on March 23 between Graham Stevens, the environmental agency's director of constituent affairs and land management, and the agency's legal director, Melinda M. Decker. Stevens and Decker e-mailed each other after another agency official, supervising coastal planner David Blatt, wrote an e-mail to Stevens at 1:55 p.m. that day, saying: "It has come to my attention, via our colleagues at DOT, that a strong case can be made that the proposed Haddam land swap may violate the state Constitution."
Gene Bartholomew July 09, 2011 at 03:00 PM
the last part really peaked my interest: "It has come to my attention, via our colleagues at DOT, that a strong case can be made that the proposed Haddam land swap may violate the state Constitution." hmmmm, and they did it anyway?? Malloy, Esty, Daily may have violated OUR Constitution, if so, THEY SHOULD RESIGN IMMEDIATELY!


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