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

January 22-23, 2014 RPB Meeting

The third Northeast Regional Planning Body meeting was held on Wednesday and Thursday, January 22-23, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge located at 575 Memorial Drive in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The purpose of this meeting was to review and approve principles, goals, and objectives for regional planning in the Northeast, and to move forward with related projects.

This meeting was originally scheduled for November 12-13, 2013, but was postponed due to the federal government shutdown. The meeting followed previous RPB discussions and extensive public comment and discussion.

At this meeting, the NE RPB revised and approved principles, goals, and objectives, and agreed to move forward with implementing projects and tasks to meet these objectives. These items are all included in a Framework Document (PDF) (33pp, 791K) that captures discussion points and revisions from the NE RPB meeting. This Framework includes a milestone schedule for future RPB decisions that will collectively form the regional ocean plan for the Northeast.

Additional products from this meeting include:

To help prepare for this next meeting, RPB members held three conference calls for updates and coordination. Summaries of these calls are available for the June 27th (PDF) (1pg, 336K), August 7th (PDF) (2pp, 402K), October 4th (PDF) (3pp, 472K), and November 13 (3pp, 110K) discussions.

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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 EBM Working Group: Review progress on Draft Northeast Ocean Plan, marine life and habitat data product development, including IEAs Framework.
    Spring Northeast RPB Meeting (via webinar): Release Draft Plan for public review.
    Summer Collect public comment on the Draft Plan through public meetings and other opportunities.
    Fall September public webinar to review changes to the Draft Plan and October submittal of revised Plan to the National Ocean Council.
  • Winter Northeast RPB members and federal principals of the National Ocean Council sign Plan Adoption Memo.
    Spring See Events and Meetings
    April Informational webinar to prepare for stakeholder forum.
    May Stakeholder forum and RPB public meeting.

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