(a)  Authorities may advise the Department when the authority enters serious consideration of financing a project.  The department shall assist the authority, as requested, within the limits of available resources.  Information, liaison and coordination shall be effected by the Department through the Commerce Finance Center. Available services include:

(1)           provision of forms and documents relating to the application process with informative comments;

(2)           comment on the type of projects consummated by other authorities;

(3)           examination of and comment on assembled facts and data which might be used in the preparation of application;

(4)           analysis of likely or potential procedural or environmental problems.

(b)  At least one week prior to submission to the Department of a project application, the authority shall arrange for a pre-application conference with the Department.  Parties present at the pre-application conference will include representatives from the authority, the Department, the operator, the obligor, if other than the operator, the Local Government Commission, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources or its successor agency.

(c)  The purpose of the conference is to help ensure that application procedures and requirements are clearly understood.

(d)  The operator shall offer verbal, and if available, written project descriptions.  The operator will be encouraged to provide data relative to the character and volume of process wastes, water and air discharges of pollutants, as well as any comment already received from the Division of Environmental Management.

(e)  Another purpose of this conference will be to reach an understanding among all parties that the project is of the type that may be considered for approval by the secretary.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 159C-7;

Eff. August 2, 1976;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1999; March 1, 1983; February 11, 1980; November 21, 1978; June 7, 1977;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.