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Environmental Planning & Review Division

About the Division

Talofofo Wetlands (photo by Tom Yocom)
Guam EPA is responsible for the protection and restoration of wetlands on Guam. Pictured here is a restored wetland near Talofofo.
Tumon Bay Development
The Environmental Planning and Review Division coordinates land use planning and environmental review for all development projects on Guam, including the heavily developed Tumon Bay area.
The Environmental Planning and Review Division was established to assist all Agency programs and the Administrator in the planning and review of a variety of environmental projects, plans, and development proposals. The Division has historically served as the Agency's lead representative to various committees, working groups, and similar short and long-term governmental organizations.

The main objective of the Division is to ensure that environmentally sound planning and design principals are applied to development projects, both government and private, in order to anticipate construction and operational consequences of development on the island's fragile ecosystems. This objective, when appropriately and effectively applied early in the planning cycle, minimizes the extent and severity of potential impacts to water, air, and land resources throughout the life of a given project. The Division's commitment to flexible and preventative environmental protection management enhances the coordinated implementation of broader Agency programs.

The Division's responsibilities include the review of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs), serving as Agency representative to the Application Review Committee, reviewing Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification requests, conducting Wetland Resource Management and Planning, and reviewing construction permits as appropriate. As part of the Division's activities and responsibilities under the Coastal Zone Management Act, a report on the Management of Contaminated Harbor Sediments in Guam (PDF, 100K) was produced in September, 2000.

The Environmental Planning and Review Division also establishes the Agency's Minimum Lot Size 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).

Division Permits

The Environmental Planning and Review Division administers permits for Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification and also reviews Environmental Impact Assessments. Additional information, applicat ion forms and guidelines can be found in the Permits section of this site.

Division Staff and Contact Information

Randel L. Sablan
Chief Planner
ARC Representative, EIA Review, Section 401 Water Quality Review, Wetland Management, Local Permit Review, Special Planning Projects, Civil Defense Alternate RAC
Michael J. Gawel
Planner IV
Edwin G. Aranza
Planner II
Summary Zone Change Representative, ARC Alternate Representative, Subdivision Review, Wetland Management, Local Permit Review

Additional Information

The sites below contain additional information about Planning and Review Division issues (pages will open in a new window).

  • U.S. EPA Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds
  • National Environmental Policy Act of 1969
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • University of Guam's Water and Envrironmental Research Institute
  • South Pacific Regional Environment Programme


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Last update: 20 February 2004

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