Ocean Planning in the Northeast

Website for the Northeast Regional Planning Body Get Involved June 2014 RPB Meeting

June 26, 2014 RPB Meeting

A Northeast Regional Planning Body (NE RPB) Natural Resources Public Workshop and fourth NE RPB meeting took place on June 25-26, 2014 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The workshop and meeting both took place at The Charles Hotel located at 1 Bennett Street in Cambridge.

On June 26th, the Northeast Regional Planning Body held its fourth meeting. During this meeting, the RPB and staff provided an update on ongoing planning activities, including efforts to identify options for interagency coordination and the use of regional data under the ocean planning goal “Effective Decision Making.” At this meeting, the RPB considered options for technical and stakeholder input into ocean planning decisions as outlined in the Advisory Functions Options document (PDF) (4pp, 220k). Public participants were given opportunities to comment on RPB proceedings and decisions both at the meeting as well as prior to it via the online comment portal.

Additional products from this meeting include:

Ocean Planning Timeline

  • November 2012 Inaugural Northeast RPB Meeting: Develop common understanding about the RPB; provide context and lay foundation of regional ocean planning; engage stakeholders and the public, discuss initial focus.
    April 2013 Northeast RPB Meeting: Northeast RPB Meeting: Identify draft goals for regional ocean planning and mechanisms for receiving public input about those draft goals; provide opportunities for public input about topics under consideration.
    May/June 2013 Public Comment Meetings: Ten public meetings throughout New England to discuss draft regional ocean planning goals.
  • January Northeast RPB Meeting: approve goals and objectives; move forward on related tasks.
    May/June Public Engagement: Natural Resources Workshops and focused engagement to discuss progress toward goals of effective Decision-Making and Healthy Ocean and Coastal Ecosystems.
    June Northeast RPB Meeting: Review progress toward all goals.
    Fall Public meetings/workshops and Northeast RPB meeting: Feedback on progress toward each goal.
  • Spring Stakeholder Forum: Review progress on the use of marine life and ocean use data, regulatory coordination, and future scenario development.
    June Northeast RPB Meeting: Review approach to developing draft plan by considering agency use of ocean plan data products; discuss draft outline for regional ocean plan.
    Fall Northeast RPB meeting and public meetings: Review revised products for each goal; discuss future work of the RPB.
  • Winter Northeast RPB meeting: Approve final products for each goal--collectively, the regional ocean plan--and determine the RPB's future.
    Spring Workshops/public meetings: Collect public comment on Draft Plan.
    May Northeast RPB Meeting: Review public comment on draft plan and approve final version of regional ocean plan for National Ocean Council review.

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