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Environmental Land Use Permits and Policy

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About Land Use Permits and Policy

Certain land use activities require the preparation of Environmental Protection Plans (EPPs) and/or Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs). These materials are required to ensure that development does not adversely affect Guam's water supply and sensitive natural areas, such as wetlands. For a detailed explanantion of Guam EPA's land use permit and notification requirements, consult the Environmental Permit Guidebook.

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Environmental Protection Plans

Environmental Protection Plans (EPPs) are required to be put in place by contractors to minimize potential negative environmental construction effects. If an EPP is required, it must be in place prior to commencing construction activities. Guam EPA's Water Pollution Control Program has developed Environmental Protection Plan Guidelines (PDF, 16K) to assist in plan development. If you believe you may be subject to EPP requirements, please contact the Water Pollution Control Program at 475-1660.

Environmental Impact Assessments

Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) are required by executive order to be conducted for all zone change, variance, wetland, seashore, golf course (conditional use) type permits to the Territorial Land Use Commission and Seashore Protection Commissions (TLUC/TSPC). EIAs may be required for other significant development proposals on a case by case basis, outside the scope of the Executive Order, by the Administrator. Applicants are encouraged to meet with the Agency's Planning & Review Division early in the project planning phase of development to discuss preliminary environmental concerns and to identify assessment scoping needs.

When environmental impacts are determined to be significant, the Agency may require the applicant to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). An EIS determination should be made utilizing the findings of the EIA. The EIS format will be provided by Guam EPA on a case by case basis.

As a result of having conducted an EIA, the applicant may conclude that a finding of no significant impact statement is appropriate. A no significant impact statement is a brief document or statement which presents the reasons why an action or actions of a project, not otherwise waived, exempted or excluded will not have a significant effect on the human or natural environment and for which an EIS therefore should not be prepared. It shall include an EIA or summary of an EIA and shall note any other environmental documents related to it. If the EIA is submitted with the statement, the statement need not repeat any of the discussion in the EIA but may incorporate it by reference. If required, the applicant must submit a formal EIA to support the findings.

GEPA has an EIA Short Form for use by developers proposing projects or land use activities which may pose only insignificant environmental impacts. This form is provided as an alternative to the EIA standard format provided to satisfy the requirements of Executive Order 96-26. If potential environmental impacts and issues are assessed or determined to be significant either by the applicant or GEPA, a more detailed EIA may be required including a thorough presentation and discussion of alternatives as required by the Guidelines for the Preparation of Environmental Impact Assessments (above).

Minimum Lot Size Policy

The Agency has established a land use policy which sets lot size standards for areas where public sewer is not available and located over the Groundwater Protection Zone as required by Public Law 24-51. Minimum lot sizes and densities applicable to all zoning designations for parceling and subdivisions are provided in the GEPA Minimum Yard and Lot Area Table (PDF, 6K) dated 10 October 1998.

Where to File the Application Forms

Applications should be sent to:

Guam Environmental Protection Agency
P.O. Box 22439 GMF
Barrigada, GU 96921

or hand delivered to:

17-3304 Mariner Ave.
Tiyan, Guam 96913

Availability of Information to the Public and Confidential Treatment of Information

Information contained in the permit application will, upon request, be made available to the public for inspection and copying. If sources wish to request confidential treatment for business information, such information should be submitted separately to Guam EPA, along with a claim of confidentiality.

Assistance in Completing Application Forms

If you have any questions about the application forms, please contact Guam EPA's Environmental Planning & Review Division at 475-1662.

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Last update: 23 December 2000

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