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Large development projects - pipelines, transmission lines, utility-scale renewable energy facilities, resorts and recreation facilities, and commercial real estate developments, among others - often face multiyear, multijurisdictional approval processes. Depending on a project's footprint and potential impacts, it could require permits and reviews by multiple federal, state and local agencies, each with different responsibilities, procedures, data requirements and processing timelines. This complex web of approvals can be frustrating to navigate and can sometimes lead to significant schedule delays. This topic will provide investors, project developers, managers and attorneys with an understanding of the tools, policies and procedures that are currently available to facilitate expeditious project approvals and avoid delays. The topic will include in particular a review of the legal framework for authorizing a major project in the U.S., as well as recent policy and legislative reforms to streamline federal permitting.
- You will be able to describe what it takes to successfully permit a large project in the United States.
- You will be able to recognize the key challenges project developers and investors face in securing necessary permits and authorizations for large projects.
- You will be able to discuss recent legal and federal policy developments to streamline the development approval process.
- You will be able to explain what steps project proponents can take to minimize permitting delays and expedite project approvals.