The provisions of this chapter govern the administration of the American Samoa Coastal Management Program. The Act mandates the establishment of a system of environmental review, along with economic and technical considerations, at the territorial level intended to ensure that environmental concerns are given appropriate consideration in the land use decision-making process. The provisions of this chapter establish a consolidated land use permitting process, known as the Project Notification and Review System, including development standards, procedures for the designation, planning and management of Special Management Areas, procedures for environmental assessments, and procedures for determination of federal consistency. The provisions of this chapter are not intended to negate or otherwise limit the authority of any agency of the Territory, provided that actions by agencies shall be consistent with the provisions contained herein. The provisions of this chapter are consistent with the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, 16 USC §§ 1451 et. seq.

History: Rule 8-80 (Ex. Ord. 03-80); ASCMP Reg. (Ex. Ord. 07-88); Rule 2-97, eff 4 Aug 97.