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(1) Lead department responsibilities. The lead department shall be responsible for undertaking lead agency duties where the county is the lead agency.

(2) Procedure. The lead department shall be determined for projects for which the county is the lead agency in accordance with the criteria of this chapter. Interdepartmental disputes over the application of such criteria, which cannot be settled by agreement, shall be determined by the county executive. In addition, the county executive upon request therefore may waive the criteria and designate a special lead department for a proposal where strict application of such criteria would result in interdepartmental budgetary or manpower inequities.

(3) Governmental proposals - project. The lead department for all proposals for governmental action of a project nature shall be the department which would have primary administrative responsibility for such action.

(4) Governmental proposals - non-project. The lead department for all proposals for governmental action of a non-project nature shall be the department initiating the proposal.

(5) Private projects.

(a) For proposed private projects over which only one department has jurisdiction, the lead department shall be the department with jurisdiction.

(b) For private projects which require licenses from more than one department, the lead department shall be one of the departments with jurisdiction, based upon the following order of priority:

(i) the department;

(ii) department of public works;

(iii) auditor;

(iv) county council; and

(v) other departments.

(c) The "responsible official" for purposes of receiving a notice of intent to commence a judicial appeal is the clerk of the county council.

(6) Agreements as to lead department status. Nothing herein shall prohibit a department from assuming the role of lead department as a result of an agreement among all departments with jurisdiction. (Added by Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003).