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RULE §2.103Coordination Plan for EIS

(a) Purpose. A coordination plan is a plan for coordinating public and agency participation in and comment on the environmental review process when an EIS is required. A coordination plan is intended to involve the agencies with an interest in the project and the public in the early stages of development of an EIS, and is distinct from the process for preparation of the project scope prepared by a project sponsor and department delegate under §2.44 of this chapter (relating to Project Scope). A coordination plan must include, at a minimum, participation by any agency for which participation is required under a memorandum of understanding with the department, including the memoranda of understanding under Subchapters G, H, and I of this chapter (relating to Memorandum of Understanding with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Memorandum of Understanding with the Texas Historical Commission, and Memorandum of Understanding with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality).

(b) Coordination Plan Required. The project sponsor, in collaboration with the department delegate, will prepare a coordination plan after publication of the NOI for an EIS or supplemental EIS, in accordance with guidelines and procedures established by the department.

(c) Notice Requirements.

  (1) The project sponsor will circulate the draft of the coordination plan to the agencies identified in the coordination plan and will make it available to the public at a public meeting. The project sponsor will allow not less than 30 days for comment on the draft coordination plan and schedule.

  (2) A deadline for comment by agencies and the public may be extended for good cause. The good cause must be documented in the project file.

  (3) The project sponsor will give a copy of the approved coordination plan and any approved schedule for completion of the environmental review process to the agencies identified in the coordination plan and will make it available to the public on request.

Source Note: The provisions of this §2.103 adopted to be effective April 16, 2014, 39 TexReg 2941; amended to be effective September 19, 2018, 43 TexReg 5987

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