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45-108.01. Application for water report or designation of adequate water supply; notice; objections; hearing; appeals
A. On receipt of an application for a water report or an application by a city, town or private water company to be designated as having an adequate water supply under section 45-108, if the proposed use is in a county that has adopted the provision authorized by section 11-823, subsection A or in a city or town that has enacted an ordinance pursuant to section 9-463.01, subsection O, the director shall publish notice of the application once each week for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the groundwater basin in which the applicant proposes to use water. The first publication shall occur within fifteen days after the application is determined or deemed to be administratively complete. If the application is substantially modified after notice of the application is given pursuant to this subsection, the director shall give notice of the application as modified in the manner prescribed by this subsection. The first publication of any subsequent notice shall occur within fifteen days after the modified application is determined or deemed to be administratively complete.
B. Notice pursuant to subsection A of this section shall state that written objections to the application may be filed with the director by residents and landowners within the groundwater basin within fifteen days after the last publication of notice. An objection shall state the name and mailing address of the objector and be signed by the objector, the objector's agent or the objector's attorney. The grounds for objection are limited to whether the application meets the criteria for determining an adequate water supply set forth in section 45-108, subsection I. The objection shall clearly set forth reasons why the application does not meet the criteria.
C. In appropriate cases, including cases in which a proper written objection to the application has been filed, an administrative hearing may be held before the director's decision on the application if the director deems a hearing necessary. Thirty days before the date of the hearing, the director shall give notice of the hearing to the applicant and to any person who filed a proper written objection to the application. The hearing shall be scheduled for at least sixty days but not more than ninety days after the expiration of the time in which to file objections.
D. If the application is for a water report:
1. If the director determines that an adequate water supply exists for the proposed use, the director shall issue a water report stating that the water supply for the subdivision is adequate.
2. If the director determines that an adequate water supply does not exist, the director shall issue a water report stating that the water supply for the subdivision is inadequate.
E. If the application is for a designation of adequate water supply:
1. If the director determines that an adequate water supply exists for the proposed use, the director shall approve the application.
2. If the director determines that an adequate water supply does not exist, the director shall deny the application.
F. The applicant or a person who contested the application by filing a proper objection pursuant to subsection B of this section may seek judicial review of the final decision of the director as provided in section 45-114, subsection B in the superior court.
G. Section 45-114, subsections A and B govern administrative proceedings, rehearings or reviews and judicial reviews of final decisions of the director under this section. If an administrative hearing is held, it shall be conducted in the groundwater basin in which the use is located.