So what do these regulations provide?
The proposed regulations, while not identifying the form of application, do prescribe the process. Specifically, within 14 days of receiving a complete application for a consumption area endorsement, the CRC will forward a copy of same to the municipality. Within another 14 days from there (and 28 days after the submission of a complete application), the municipality is obligated to notify the CRC whether the consumption area complies with its local restrictions. Thereafter, the CRC is permitted to make a determination on the application.
Where the municipality denies a request for an endorsement, an applicant may challenge that determination in the Superior Court by filing a request for a hearing within 30 days. A hearing must be scheduled by the Superior Court within 30 days of the filed request. Interestingly, the rules identify that no formal pleading or filing fee is required for the hearing (in contrast with the general requirement that all actions in the Superior Court are initiated via complaint).