Bureau of Land Management Solar Energy Program Western Solar Plan
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Public Outreach for Variance Applications

The BLM will require public outreach as part of the variance process.

To sufficiently gather information on potential issues and barriers and/or opportunities related to a right-of-way (ROW) application in a variance area, the BLM will require that a minimum of one public meeting be held as part of the variance process to allow for participation by all interested parties. The public meeting shall be located in close proximity to the community most affected by the proposed project and shall be adequately noticed.

This variance process requirement for a public meeting will occur before the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 process is initiated; comments received, however, may be used to inform the NEPA process for projects that the BLM decides to continue to process.

The BLM will also make information regarding ROW applications in variance areas available to the public online via the BLM and the Solar PEIS websites.

Updated: 11/29/2014