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The Planning and Development Advisory Council (PDAC) through the Office of Planning and Development (OPD) is requesting community feedback and suggestions to support next steps in the creation of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ Comprehensive Sustainable Development Plan (CSDP).

To learn more and view scoping documents please click here.

You can view the draft CSDP and support plans here. Please send your feedback to for inclusion in the next CSDP update.

“Safe, Smart Growth” (SSG) is a set of development strategies that aim to ensure the growth of communities and infrastructure that are resilient to natural disasters with thriving economies and healthy environments. OPD is working with the Planning and Development Advisory Council to integrate these principles into comprehensive sustainable development planning.

You can read SSG Guidance HERE

Community visioning starts with you! Please take our short survey today and share this video and the survey link with your friends!

You can take the OPD Resiliency Assessment here.

OPD worked with the Department of Commerce and appointed commissioners to update the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) to highlight priority recovery needs after Super Typhoon Yutu.


Job Announcement: Wetland Biologist

February 12, 2021

The Department of Lands and Natural Resources’ Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) is seeking a full-time Wetland Biologist. The Wetland Biologist will apply appropriate knowledge of biological wetland science to new and existing programs for the information management and conservation of wetland associated wildlife and their habitats in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana...

Press Release: U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $11.2 Million to Rehabilitate Roadway Infrastructure

February 10, 2021

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development...

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $11.2 million grant to the Office of the Governor, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, to rehabilitate roadway infrastructure within Garapan, a commercial district of Saipan. OPD thanks EDA for funding the Garapan Revitalization Project as well as Governor Torres and Lt. Governor Palacios, the Garapan Revitalization Taskforce, our partners in the Built Environment Taskforce, and all stakeholders who helped to identify and work to fill this unmet infrastructure investment need. We look forward to seeing Garapan transformed into a world-class destination that is attractive for residents and visitors alike!

Press Release: Climate Change Brings Challenges for the CNMI

January 28, 2021

Hotter weather, stronger typhoons, coral reef death,...

Hotter weather, stronger typhoons, coral reef death, and human health risks are among the major challenges detailed in a new report on climate change in the CNMI. Threatened resources include high-value coastal infrastructure and the millions of dollars that ocean ecosystems add to the CNMI economy annually, according to the report by the Pacific Islands...

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CNMI Comprehensive Strategic Development Planning Process

The Office of Planning and Development is working to support an inclusive planning dialog at the island and village level throughout the CNMI. Learn more about the planning process

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