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Public Notice: Construction activities for Garapan Revitalization Project commencing January 2023

January 11, 2023

Construction activities for the Garapan Revitalization Project will commence this month, January 2023, and are scheduled to continue until November 2024. Construction will occur in four (4) phases. Following are related dates and affected streets: ...

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FCC releases national broadband map; CNMI Broadband moves to verify data for Marianas residents

December 22, 2022

On November 19, 2022, the Federal Communications Commission released its new FCC National Broadband Map, at https://broadbandmap.fcc.gov/home. On the heels of that release, CNMI Broadband is announcing that...

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Tinian Yutu debris site cleanup demobilized; final round of soil testing to be conducted

December 19, 2022

The cleanup of the fire-impacted Super Typhoon Yutu debris site is now in its final stages. The site has been successfully cleared of metal and other debris, and a sampling analysis plan has been finalized, and the contractor will...

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Strategic Energy Plan Public Involvement

December 12, 2022

The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) Office of the Governor, Department of Public Works (DPW) - Energy Division, Commonwealth Utilities Corporation (CUC) and Office of Planning and Development (OPD), in coordination with the Office of Grants Management (OGM) comprise the Energy Task Force (ETF) as established by Executive Order 2021-16. One of its missions is to...

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CNMI celebrates CNMI Recycles Week; America Recycles Day

November 21, 2022

Last week, sustainability advocates across the CNMI celebrated America Recycles Day and CNMI Recycles Week. The week's activities emphasized the CNMI's continued commitment to achieving more sustainable consumption and production, and included a proclamation signing on Saipan...

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Press Release - Water Quality Assessment and FAQ Posted for Public Comments by 10/19/2022

September 19, 2022

The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality (BECQ) is seeking written comments on the proposed 2020 CNMI Water Quality Assessment Integrated Report. The deadline for submission of comments is October 19, 2022 by 4:30 PM.

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DPW Requests Comments on Draft 20-Year Highway Plan

September 13, 2022

The Department of Public Works is requesting public review and comments on the Draft 20-Year Highway Plan. This plan aims to offer a unifying framework for classifying and prioritizing transportation improvements on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota with a focus on opportunities for federally supported built infrastructure projects.

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Public Comments Requested on FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance and Policy Guide

September 06, 2022

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs provide funding for eligible mitigation activities that reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages. This includes the...

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Substantial progress made in cleanup of Super Typhoon Yutu debris site on Tinian

August 26, 2022

Substantial progress has been made in the cleanup of the Super Typhoon Yutu debris site on Tinian that caught fire. The firm leading the cleanup and soil testing of the site is expected to complete the processing and shipping of metal recyclables by October and notified CNMI partners that...

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Smart, Safe Growth Training builds capacity and creates advocates for sustainable development

August 18, 2022

From July 19 to 28, over 90 individuals from various government agencies and organizations participated in a training centered around “Smart, Safe Growth” (SSG). SSG is a set of complementary development strategies and practices focused on improving the resiliency and recoverability of the built environment.

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'A critical milestone'— CNMI's ASADRA-funded solid waste infrastructure project for Marpi Landfill Cell 2 is moving forward

July 18, 2022

On July 18, 2022, the Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) completed interagency review and approved land clearing, excavation, trenching, use of heavy equipment, backfilling, and construction as part of the Marpi Landfill Cell 2 rehabilitation project.

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Community Survey for Achugao & Laolao Watershed Planning - Your feedback requested by 5/6/2022

April 19, 2022

In January of 2020 a variety of public and private partners, including BECQ, NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program, Horsley-Witten Group, The Nature Conservancy, and Koa Consulting, teamed up to develop...

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Job Announcement: DPW Roads Mapping and Mitigation Project Analyst

January 13, 2022

The Department of Public Works - Division of Flood Hazard Mitigation is seeking a Roads Mapping and Mitigation Project Analyst.

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DPW Requesting Community Feedback for 20-year CNMI Highway Plan

December 02, 2021

The CNMI Department of Public Works is updating the Long-Range Twenty-Year Highway Master Plan, which was last revised in 2009. Community feedback is being requested NOW!

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OPD Highlights SSG at World IUCN Conference

September 09, 2021

OPD sends a big MAHALO to Pacific RISA for the opportunity to highlight how the Comprehensive Sustainable Development Plan (CSDP) is supporting Smart, Safe Growth (SSG) including climate-smart adaptation and mitigation planning efforts in the CNMI!

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(RFP) DPW - Planning, Road Conditions, and Flood Hazard Mapping Project

September 08, 2021

Governor Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Governor Arnold I. Palacios, through DPW are soliciting proposals to collect and develop geospatial information including attributes for road flooding and other hazards and identifying address coordinates for the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.

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(RFP) Marpi Backup Power Feasibility Assessment

August 26, 2021

The Office of Planning and Development (OPD) in partnership with the Department of Public Works (DPW) is soliciting proposals for the development of a backup power feasibility assessment and cost benefit analysis for the Marpi Landfill on Saipan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

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(RFP) Tinian Dump Closure and Facility Feasibility Assessment and Recommendations Report

August 26, 2021

The Office of Planning and Development (OPD) in partnership with the Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Office of the Mayor of Tinian is soliciting proposals from qualified contractors to update the 2005 Tinian Dump Closure Comprehensive Study Report and revise recommendations to achieve environmentally compliant waste management on the island of Tinian.

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Collection and Removal of Remaining 2018 Super Typhoon Yutu Debris on the Municipality of Tinian and Aguiguan

August 16, 2021

The Office of Planning and Development (OPD) in partnership with the Office of the Mayor of Tinian is soliciting proposals from qualified contractors to develop a work plan and a budget proposal for the collection and removal of remaining Yutu Debris on the Municipality of Tinian and Aguiguan.

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CSDP Final Review by PDAC

August 11, 2021

On July 22, 2021, the third round of public notice and comments closed on the draft Comprehensive Sustainable Development Plan (CSDP). The Office of Planning and Development is currently processing feedback to present the revised plan to the Planning and Development Advisory Council for finalization.

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Building Back Better – MAT Reports Support Smart, Safe Growth in CNMI

August 09, 2021

FEMA's Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) was assigned to the Super Typhoon Yutu event. The MAT identified structural performance as the most important factor in recovery costs and community disruption.

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Highlights from the Natural Resources Taskforce – SER Presentation

July 27, 2021

In June 2021, representatives from the CNMI's Natural Resources Taskforce provided a 'virtual tour' of ongoing conservation efforts. You can view the presentation here!

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Final Draft Comprehensive Sustainable Development Plan Published – Public Comments Requested by July 22, 2021

June 09, 2021

Review and comment on the Revised Draft CSDP – community review and comments are requested by July 22, 2021. Public Meetings will be held virtually and in-person on Tinian, Rota, and Saipan. Please check the OPD calendar for time, location, and registration details or RSVP to planning@opd.gov.mp with the subject line 'Public Meetings' to learn more

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Reminder: Next PDAC Meeting 6/7 at 1pm

June 03, 2021

The next Planning and Development Advisory Council (PDAC) meeting will be held on June 7 at 1pm. The agenda is below for your reference. For more information or to RSVP to virtually attend, please email planning@opd.gov.mp.

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Reminder: Next PDAC Meeting 5/18 at 2pm

May 14, 2021

The next Planning and Development Advisory Council (PDAC) meeting will be held on May 18 at 2pm. The agenda is below for your reference. For more information or to RSVP to virtually attend, please email planning@opd.gov.mp.

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Open Positions Re-posted!

April 30, 2021

OPD is encouraging interested candidates to apply for open solid waste management and restoration positions!

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Job Announcement: Wetland Biologist

April 30, 2021

The Department of Lands and Natural Resources’ Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) is seeking a full-time Wetland Biologist.

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Your Feedback Requested – Please View Updated DRAFT Comprehensive Sustainable Development Plan and Submit Comments by 5/12!

April 28, 2021

OPD is requesting public comments on the Revised Draft Comprehensive Sustainable Development Plan by 5/12 for inclusion in the final revision.

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Taskforces Meeting – Join us at 9am ChST 4/28

April 26, 2021

Please join us on April 28, 2021 at 9am for a live-streamed Taskforces meeting. Partners will share updates from our three Taskforce Planning groups – Built Environment, Socio-Economic/Disaster Risk Reduction, and Natural Resources.

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Press Release: Interior Provides $9 Million to the Northern Mariana Islands in FY 2021 Capital Improvement Funds

March 26, 2021

Capital Improvement Project fiscal year 2021 grants from OIA will support important renovation upgrades and maintenance needs at several important public facilities, including the hospital, health clinics, and schools in the CNMI.

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Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan and Tinian Zero Waste Pilot Project Requests for Proposals – Submissions due by 4/19!

March 23, 2021

The Office of Planning and Development (OPD) in partnership with the Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Mayor’s Offices of Tinian and Rota is soliciting proposals for the drafting and finalization of a comprehensive solid waste management plan for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

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Your Feedback Requested – Please View Updated Draft Comprehensive Sustainable Development Plan and Submit Comments by 4/19!

March 19, 2021

The revised Draft Comprehensive Sustainable Development Plan (CSDP) is uploaded now! We are requesting your comments on the draft by April 19, 2021, so we can make final revisions and submit the plan for endorsement

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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 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.

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Press Release: Climate Change Brings Challenges for the CNMI

January 28, 2021

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.

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Thank you 1/20 Presenters! Please Save the Date for 4/28!

January 21, 2021

Thank you to our planning partners that presented at yesterday’s Taskforces meeting! Please save the date for our next quarterly meeting on 4/28 and contact us at planning@opd.gov.mp if you have something you’d like to add to the agenda. Meeting materials will be posted at opd.gov.mp soon!

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Job Announcement: GIS Specialist

January 13, 2021

The CNMI Division of Coastal Resources Management (DCRM) is seeking to hire a full-time (40hrs/week) GIS Specialist. Under the supervision of the DCRM Director, the employee will lead DCRM’s GIS program, providing data management, coordination, and analytical support, as well as web application development and data access via DCRM’s web-based portal.

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January 21, 2021 PDAC Meeting

January 08, 2021

This announcement is to provide public notice of the regularly scheduled meeting of the Planning and Development Advisory Council (PDAC) to be held at 2pm on January 21th, 2021. The agenda is below for your reference. For details regarding how to attend this e-meeting please contact planning@opd.gov.mp.

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Next Taskforces Planning Meeting January 20, 2021 at 2pm

January 07, 2021

The Office of Planning and Development (OPD), under the CNMI Office of the Governor, would like to invite all interested community members to join OPD’s Built Environment, Natural Resources, and Socio-Economic/Disaster Risk Reduction Taskforces at their upcoming planning meetings on January 20, 2021.

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Planning for a Sustainable CNMI in 2021 and Beyond!

January 01, 2021

The Office of Planning and Development is supporting sustainable growth for CNMI in the decade ahead. Wishing our partners and CNMI family a good New Year and here’s to our sustainable future!

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