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OPD Highlights SSG at World IUCN Conference


September 9, 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! Smart, Safe Growth is a set of principles that are guiding sustainable development planning and project implementation to support improved outcomes for people, prosperity, and our planet. You can view the presentation here.

CSDP Final Review by PDAC

Press Release

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. Once endorsed, it will be submitted to Governor Torres for...

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


June 9, 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 with the subject line "Public Meetings" to learn more.

Open Positions Re-posted!


April 30, 2021

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

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. 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...

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. The agenda is below for your information and reference. Space is limited so participants are encouraged to join the live stream on...

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

Press Release

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.

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). This Request for Proposals (RFP) is RFP-OPD-062....

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. 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, 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...