If a project proponent (or applicant) believes the project meets the definition of a “covered” project and seeks to initiate the FAST-41 process, the project sponsor should submit a FAST-41 Initiation Notice (FIN) to the Executive Director and the appropriate facilitating agency. More information on what should be included in a FIN or requirements for becoming a covered project can be found on the Becoming a FAST-41 Covered Project page.
A potential applicant can also contact the Office of the Executive Director (FAST.email@example.com) at any stage of a project to discuss becoming covered under FAST-41.
Prior to receiving a FIN, the Executive Director typically coordinates with the lead agency to schedule an interagency meeting, with the project sponsor, to discuss any key issues for immediate attention and to start talking about possible mitigation for those issues. These meetings are also held to identify the critical path to the first major milestone in the permitting process.
A decision is due from the facilitating agency on the status as a covered project 14 days after an applicant submits a FIN.
The Coordinated Project Plan (CPP) is a tailored roadmap to the permitting process, developed by Federal agencies in partnership with the project sponsor. In developing the CPP, agencies collaborate to establish:
• Roles and responsibilities for all entities with permitting responsibilities
• A permitting schedule with interim and final milestones, with potential focus areas for additional interagency coordination noted
• Potential avoidance, minimization, and mitigation strategies
• Plans and a schedule for public and tribal outreach and coordination
The CPP serves as the foundation for interagency coordination and early identification of anticipated issues that could delay completion of the permitting process. Throughout the permitting process, the lead agency will refer to this document, bringing together all parties to proactively address issues as they arise and if needed, to adjust timelines ensuring new responsibilities and requirements are understood by all.