Timing is a critical element for any project. Most zoning and land use regulations contain minimum public notice and comment periods, and some contain maximum timeframes for permitting authorities to render decisions. These timeframes are often extended upon agreement by the applicant. An appeal of a decision must be filed within a certain period, often as short as 10 to 30 days. The developer must become familiar with the applicable deadlines and appeal periods for each permit and approval that is required for a proposed project. In planning a proposed wind energy project, a developer should build enough time into the permitting process to account for procedural requirements.
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