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(1) An applicant may request in writing early notice of whether a DS is likely under WAC 197-11-350. The request must:

(a) Follow submission of a permit application and environmental checklist for a nonexempt proposal for which the department is lead agency; and

(b) Precede the county’s actual threshold determination for the proposal.

(2) The responsible official shall respond to the request for early notice within 60 days of receipt of a complete application. The response shall:

(a) State whether the county currently considers issuance of a DS likely and, if so, indicate the general or specific area(s) of concern that are leading the county to consider a DS; and

(b) State that the applicant may change or clarify the proposal to mitigate the indicated impacts, revising the environmental checklist and/or permit application as necessary to reflect the changes or clarifications.

(3) The county may assist the applicant with identification of impacts to the extent necessary to formulate mitigation measures. (Added by Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003).