cation of the project may be necessary. It is vital to the success of the pre-application meeting to have knowledge of the project, prior to the meeting date and to be prepared to discuss ways to a void/minimize project impacts. It should be remembered that the issuance of a PN should not be delayed to obtain information necessary to evaluate an application (33 CFR 325.1(d)(9)). An application is determined to be complete when sufficient information is received to issue a PN (33 CFR 325.1(d) and 325.3(a)). See 7. below.

7. Complete Application.

- Refer to 33 CFR 325.1(d)

- 15 days to request information

- 15 days to publish a PN

The information needed to deem a permit application complete is listed in 33 CFR 325.1(d). Upon initial receipt of an application, the Corps has 15 days to review it for completeness (33 CFR 325.2 (a)(1)). The Corps will contact the applicant within 15 days if additional information is necessary. The Corps should encourage applicants to provide a wetland delineation as part of their permit application. In some instances, submission of a wetland delineation is required for a permit application to be considered as complete (e.g., some NWPs). While additional information may eventually be needed to complete the evaluation of the project (e.g., an alternative analysis under the Guidelines), only that information identified at 325.1(d) is required to publish a PN. Once an application is deemed complete, the next step is to determine what form of permit review is appropriate for the proposed project and issue a PN (for SPs), within 15 days (33 CFR 325.2(a)(2)).

8. Project Purpose.

- Basic project purpose used for water dependency

- Overall project purpose used for alternatives analysis

- Corps determines

Defining the project purpose is critical to the evaluation of any project and in evaluating project compliance with the Section 404(b)(1) Guidelines (Guidelines). As stated in HQUSACE's guidance resulting from the Section 404(q) elevation of the Twisted Oaks Joint Venture and Old Cutler Bay permits, defining the purpose of a project involves two determinations, the basic project purpose, and the overall project purpose. The Twisted Oaks project proposed impounding a stream, by constructing a



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