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Avoiding Pitfalls in the Development Approval Process

Learn how to navigate the complex maze of the approval process and avoid costly delays.

Large development projects - pipelines, transmission lines, utility-scale renewable energy facilities, resorts and recreation facilities, and commercial real estate developments, among others - often face multiyear, multijurisdictional approval processes. Depending on a project's footprint and potential impacts, it could require permits and reviews by multiple federal, state and local agencies, each with different responsibilities, procedures, data requirements and processing timelines. This complex web of approvals can be frustrating to navigate and can sometimes lead to significant schedule delays. This topic will provide investors, project developers, managers and attorneys with an understanding of the tools, policies and procedures that are currently available to facilitate expeditious project approvals and avoid delays. The topic will include in particular a review of the legal framework for authorizing a major project in the U.S., as well as recent policy and legislative reforms to streamline federal permitting.

Runtime: 74 minutes
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Agenda

What Does It Take to Permit a Large Project in the U.S.?

  • A Patchwork of Jurisdictions: Federal, State, Local, Tribal
  • Overview of Federal Permitting and Review Responsibilities
  • Issues Related to Compliance With NEPA, NHPA, ESA, and Other Statutes

What Are the Major Pitfalls in the Development Approval Process?

  • Project Financing, Contracting, and the Regulatory Approval Process
  • Stakeholder Opposition
  • Redundancy, Inefficiency and Delays
  • Resource Constraints and Prioritization

What Policies, Practices and Tools Are Available to Avoid the Pitfalls in the Development Approval Process?

  • Overview of Recent Policy and Legislative Reforms to Improve the Federal Approval Process, Including: The Fast-41 Act, the Executive Order on Infrastructure Permitting, Landscape-Scale Planning and Mitigation Initiatives, Regional Partnerships
  • GIS Tools, Online Tracking, and Other Tools for Avoiding or Minimizing Delay
  • What Steps Can Project Proponents Take to Avoid the Pitfalls in the Development Approval Process?
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This course was last revised on July 29, 2016.

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This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Faculty

Raya Treiser

WilmerHale

  • Member of the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources practice group at WilmerHale
  • Former lead for the White House Infrastructure Permitting Initiative
  • Served in the Department of the Interior and helped shape the policies that govern the development of energy and infrastructure projects on public lands and the Outer Continental Shelf
  • Regularly advises clients in connection with securing federal, state and local permits and authorizations for projects in a variety of sectors, including conventional and renewable energy (both onshore and offshore), electricity transmission, recreational facilities, ski areas and commercial real estate
  • J.D. degree, Georgetown University Law School; Sciences-Po, France, Master of International Business Law
  • Member of the New York and DC bars
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] or 202-663-6002
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Product ID: 397905
Published 2016
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