Prior to filing with MEPA, a project Proponent may consult with the MEPA Director, Assistant Director or one of the Environmental Analysts to determine any review thresholds the project may meet or exceed and any potential agency action it may require. The MEPA office regularly schedules pre-filing meetings with proponents to support complete filings and in some cases, may help to avoid unnecessary MEPA review.
Scheduling a Pre-filing Meeting
Staff at the MEPA office are always willing to hold pre-filing meetings to discuss how to address standard filing requirements and to discuss any specific or unique aspects of a project and MEPA review. Pre-filing meetings will continue to be held remotely as the MEPA Office will operate remotely through 2021. A remote pre-filing meeting can be scheduled through emailing a request to MEPA@mass.gov. As a general matter, pre-filing meetings will be scheduled between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Joint pre-filing meetings with the MEPA Office and the EEA EJ Office will be scheduled between 1:30 and 4:00 PM on Thursdays. The email requesting a pre-filing meeting should identify your availability within this timeframe over the next two to three weeks and include a brief project description and a relevant site plan or figure(s). It should also note what you are seeking input on. The Proponent will be responsible for providing a telephonic or video dial-in for the call, as well as a method for viewing site plans or other documents (e.g., screen share function) to the extent feasible. If the Proponent is unable to host a pre-filing meeting electronically, it should consult with the MEPA Office about alternative methods.