Senate Bill 294 Provides Options for Mitigation

On February 9, Ohio Senator Tim Schaffer introduced Senate Bill 294 which addresses a number of changes to many chapters of the Ohio Revised Code. S.B. 294 allows more options for protective wetland development including creating a mechanism to allow for an In-Lieu fee program for wetland mitigation. The bill will establish a process to facilitate wetland mitigation resulting from impacts to isolated wetlands, and modify ORC 6111.0381 to ensure that it can be used for the jurisdictional wetlands as well. The bill will improve the likelihood of success of mitigation projects and remove the burden of conducting the mitigation from the applicant.