Participation in activities and projects / Mining / Biodiversity (Sections 4(5), 22, 24, 25 and 35)
The Authority may, for the purpose of the performance of its functions, as it thinks fit consult with or obtain advice from other authorities, persons or bodies of persons, engage other persons to carry out work on its behalf or delegate any of its functions to any of the aforementioned.
The Authority may and in certain listed cases such as environmental impact assessments or permissions to carry out mining operations or mineral processing, shall (a) publish a notice in at least one daily newspaper and affix a notice on the land to which the application relates that an application to develop land has been received and will be determined on a date specified in the notice; and (b) invite comments and representations either in writing or orally on such application. The Authority shall take into account any report, representation or comment submitted or made to it.
The Chief Physical Planner may consult in writing any public officer or other person who appears to him to be able to provide information relevant to an application for development permission to enable the Chief Physical Planner to advise the Minister or the Authority , as appropriate, with regard to the application and shall consult any authority as may be prescribed in regulations. The Authority shall take into account, in order to make a proper decision on the application, any representations made by any person with regard to the application or the probable effect of the proposed development.
In determining an application referred to him, the Minister may consult any body or person he thinks fit.
Environmental protected areas: The Authority may, and if so directed by the Minister shall, cause a survey to be made of the whole or any part of Dominica. Before finally determining whether to recommend to the Minister that any area should be declared an environmental protection area, the Authority shall (a) take such steps as in its opinion will ensure that adequate publicity is given to its proposals in the area to which the proposals relate; (b) provide persons living and working in the area and any other persons interested in the area with an opportunity of making representations and comments on the proposals; (c) consult with the Minister responsible for the Environment and any other person, body or authority who appears appropriate as being interested in or having special knowledge on environmental matters; and (d) receive and take account of the representations and comments received on the proposals. The Authority shall have regard to the survey and any representations or comments submitted by any person, body or authority on the proposals.