Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the CMAP DRI Process
What is a Development of Regional Importance (DRI)?
A DRI is a large-scale development proposal that has the possibility of introducing widespread regional impacts to the daily activities of significant numbers of people or the natural environment.
Does CMAP charge a fee to review a DRI?
There are currently no plans to charge a fee for reviewing a potential DRI.
Are there any financial incentives to encourage compliance?
There is no current policy for financial incentives.
What kinds of response might the CMAP Board give in their review?
In acting on the DRI request, the Board may either issue statement of No Further Action or direct staff to prepare an advisory report to be completed within 30 days. The Board may review and comment on the advisory report content at its discretion.
Why would anyone want to have their projects reviewed?
Sponsors can receive good publicity akin to a ‘Good Planning Seal of Approval.' CMAP's review may also assist proposal sponsors in responding to local concerns regarding the impacts of a proposal. The dialogue and evaluation associated with the DRI process may also reveal opportunities to improve a proposal.
Does CMAP have the authority to stop a project?
No, CMAP's role is advisory.
What happens after a DRI review?
After the DRI review, the process is complete. CMAP may hold further discussion at its discretion.
How should advocacy groups and citizens initiate a DRI?
All individuals are governed by a County or municipality and they are free to communicate with governmental leaders inside and outside their own jurisdictions. All counties and municipalities are represented by members on the CMAP Board. Specific planning interests are also represented on CMAP working committees. This allows any individual or advocacy group an avenue to organize a formal DRI review request.
Will affected communities and interested parties be alerted that a project is being considered for a DRI?
Yes, through conventional methods of public notification and disclosure such as the local zoning administrator, media and internet.
What is the role of CMAP staff in the DRI process?
Only CMAP's Executive Director may request a DRI review. Existing staff will be trained to manage DRI administration. Senior staff with subject matter expertise will be asked to prepare an Advisory Report if necessary.
How does the DRI complement the GO TO 2040 Plan?
A proposed DRI will be reviewed and recommendations made based on consistency with CMAP's regional plans.
Does the DRI process replace or duplicate other CMAP review procedures?
No, the DRI process is intended to review the comprehensive planning implications of large-scale development. Other review procedures focus on more strategic planning concerns.
How many votes are needed for the CMAP Board to act on a DRI request?
CMAP's Board requires a supermajority of 12 of 15 votes to act on any matter before them.
Can CMAP's Board override the threshold requirement for any proposed DRI review?
The CMAP Board has legislative authority to consider regional and intergovernmental impacts of any proposed development. The thresholds are intended to guide the Board's course of action in conducting a formal DRI review.
Was the original DRI trial period extended?
The CMAP Board formally adopted the DRI process in June 2009, for a two year trial period from August 1, 2009 through July 31, 2011. Following the trial period, the Board indicated it would review the process and its effectiveness. During its August meeting, the CMAP Board extended the trial period for an additional two years, until July 31, 2013.