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

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March 19, 2021

The Office of Planning and Development was created to help the CNMI plan for a sustainable future. Since its creation in 2017 under Public Law 20-20, OPD and the Planning Development Advisory Council (PDAC) have worked to bring public and private sector entities together in the creation of a comprehensive sustainable development plan for our islands.

What is Sustainability?

Planning for a sustainable future means taking many factors into account that affect the wellbeing of the CNMI’s people, environment, and economy. To do this, OPD is focusing on three key questions:

  1. Are we on track to secure a more sustainable CNMI?
  2. What kind of future do we want to create?
  3. What do we need to do to achieve this future?

There are many cross-cutting needs and much overlap between planning element areas; for example, equitable and effective education is needed to ensure increases in earning power and grow our economy, which will in turn support improved health and environmental outcomes. In the months ahead, OPD and the PDAC will work with elected officials, public servants, and the community at large to help CNMI envision what sustainable development means here and what we need to do to achieve it.

Get Involved!

As a community member, there are a number of ways to get involved and make your voice heard. All comments that have previously been submitted are included in the revised Draft Comprehensive Sustainable Development Plan (CSDP). We are requesting your comments on the draft by April 19, 2021, so we can make final revisions and submit the plan for endorsement. You can view the current Draft CSDP here – full links to all of the previously shared drafts are posted below. Please email your questions or comments to planning@opd.gov.mp.

According to OPD Director Kodep Ogumoro-Uludong, “Part of OPD’s mission is to allow our people a voice and a platform where they can provide input on what they feel is important in planning for today and for future generations. The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered both the present and the future of the CNMI, and now, more than ever, is the time to get involved.” Please share your thoughts with us so we can work together to plan for a more sustainable CNMI!

Learn more and sign up for planning updates through the OPD website.

Trouble accessing the CSDP links? We have the full URLs and updates listed here:

Draft Visioning Document July 25th version: https://opd.gov.mp/draft_visioning/

Draft Visioning Document August 31st version: https://opd.gov.mp/wp-content/uploads/opd/VisionsSDGObjectives_Combined_CURRENT_Updated831.pdf

Tracked Changes July 25th to August 31st: https://opd.gov.mp/wp-content/uploads/opd/Visioning_TrackedChanges_0831.pdf

October 2020 Revised Draft:  https://opd.gov.mp/wp-content/uploads/opd/CSDP_Draft_1030.pdf

October 2020 – March 2021 Revisions, Changes Tracked: https://opd.gov.mp/wp-content/uploads/opd/CSDP_changestracked_102020-032021.docx

March 2021 Revised Draft: https://opd.gov.mp/wp-content/uploads/opd/CSDP_Workingdraft_032021.pdf