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Geothermal, Solar Land Use Overview (1)

Before approval of a notice of intent to conduct exploration (NOI), Geothermal Drilling Permit (GGDP), or sundry Notice operations plan, an onsite inspection will be conducted with the operator to further identify site-specific resource protection concerns and requirements. Prior to, or in conjunction with, the onsite inspection, the surface management agency will advise the operator of any special inventories or studies that are required, such as for cultural resources or threatened and endangered species.

Land Use Overview Process

1.1 to 1.2 - For a given location, is geothermal exploration and development consistent with the land use plan

The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 requires the Bureau of Land Management to use land use plans to manage resources in a manner consistent with Congress' intent. Most federal, state and county governments will have similar land use plans. The developer should consult the applicable land use plan to determine whether the project is consistent with the current land use plan.

1.3 to 1.4 - Is the plan to be addressed for state or federal land

Green arrow.PNG 1-(ST)-a: State Land Use Planning

1.5 to 1.6 - Is this a new plan, plan revision or a plan amendment

Green arrow.PNG 1-FD-b: Land Use Plan Amendment Process

1.7 - Land Use Planning

Green arrow.PNG 1-FD-a: Land Use Planning Process