(1) If a GMA county/city with an integrated project review process (RCW 36.70B.060
) is lead agency for a proposal and has a reasonable basis for determining significant adverse environmental impacts are unlikely, it may use a single integrated comment period to obtain comments on the notice of application and the likely threshold determination for the proposal. If this process is used, a second comment period will typically not be required when the DNS is issued (refer to subsection (4) of this section).
(2) If the lead agency uses the optional process specified in subsection (1) of this section, the lead agency shall:
(a) State on the first page of the notice of application that it expects to issue a DNS for the proposal, and that:
(i) The optional DNS process is being used;
(ii) This may be the only opportunity to comment on the environmental impacts of the proposal;
(iii) The proposal may include mitigation measures under applicable codes, and the project review process may incorporate or require mitigation measures regardless of whether an EIS is prepared; and
(iv) A copy of the subsequent threshold determination for the specific proposal may be obtained upon request (in addition, the lead agency may choose to maintain a general mailing list for threshold determination distribution).
(b) List in the notice of application the conditions being considered to mitigate environmental impacts, if a mitigated DNS is expected;
(c) Comply with the requirements for a notice of application and public notice in RCW 36.70B.110
(d) Send the notice of application and environmental checklist to:
(i) Agencies with jurisdiction, the department of ecology, affected tribes, and each local agency or political subdivision whose public services would be changed as a result of implementation of the proposal; and
(ii) Anyone requesting a copy of the environmental checklist for the specific proposal (in addition, the lead agency may choose to maintain a general mailing list for checklist distribution).
(3) If the lead agency indicates on the notice of application that a DNS is likely, an agency with jurisdiction may assume lead agency status during the comment period on the notice of application (WAC 197-11-948
(4) The responsible official shall consider timely comments on the notice of application and either:
(a) Issue a DNS or mitigated DNS with no comment period using the procedures in subsection (5) of this section;
(b) Issue a DNS or mitigated DNS with a comment period using the procedures in subsection (5) of this section, if the lead agency determines a comment period is necessary;
(c) Issue a DS; or
(d) Require additional information or studies prior to making a threshold determination.
(5) If a DNS or mitigated DNS is issued under subsection (4)(a) of this section, the lead agency shall send a copy of the DNS or mitigated DNS to the department of ecology, agencies with jurisdiction, those who commented, and anyone requesting a copy. A copy of the environmental checklist need not be recirculated.
[Statutory Authority: 1995 c 347 (ESHB 1724) and RCW 43.21C.110. 97-21-030 (Order 95-16), § 197-11-355, filed 10/10/97, effective 11/10/97.]