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R652. Natural Resources; Forestry, Fire and State Lands.

Rule R652-90. Sovereign Land Management Planning.

As in effect on August 1, 2019

Table of Contents

R652-90-100. Authority.

This rule implements Sections 65A-2-2 and 65A-2-4 which requires that planning procedures be developed for sovereign lands, and for the opportunity for the public to participate in the planning process.

R652-90-200. Scope.

This rule sets forth the planning procedures for natural and cultural resources on sovereign land as required by law. These procedures establish comprehensive land-management policies using multiple-use, sustained-yield principles in order to make the interest of the beneficiary paramount. Management plans shall guide the implementation of stated management objectives, and provide direction for land-use decisions and activities on sovereign lands. One or more of the following plans, as defined in R652-1-200, shall be implemented pursuant to 65A-2-2:

(1) Comprehensive management plans;

(2) Resource plans;

(3) Site-specific plans.

R652-90-300. Initiation of Planning Process.

1. A comprehensive planning process is initiated by the designation of a planning unit as planning priorities are established by the division.

2. Resource Management planning is initiated by the division's identification and determination that there is a need for such a plan.

3. In the absence of a comprehensive management plan or a resource management plan exists for sovereign land, site-specific planning shall be initiated either by:

(a) an application for a sovereign land use, or

(b) the identification by the division of an opportunity for commercial gain in a specific area.

R652-90-400. Site-Specific Planning.

1. When the division conducts site-specific planning it shall consider:

(a) a comparative evaluation of the commercial gain potential of the proposed use with competing or existing uses;

(b) the effect of the proposed use on adjoining sovereign lands;

(c) an evaluation of the proposed use or action with regard to natural and cultural resources, if appropriate;

(d) the notification of, and environmental analysis of, the proposed use provided by the public, federal, state, and municipal agencies through the Resource Development Coordinating Committee (RDCC) process; and

(e) any further notification and evaluations as required by applicable rules.

2. During the site-specific planning process, the director may determine that a comprehensive management plan be prepared. In making such a determination, the director may consider:

(a) the amount of public interest in the natural and cultural resources of the area;

(b) any unique attributes of the land;

(c) the potential for conflicts with other land uses; and

(d) the opportunities for commercial gain of the sovereign land resources by development of a comprehensive or resource management plan, exchange of the land or other options in lieu of those set forth in the application.

R652-90-500. Notification and Public Comment.

1. Once a planning unit is designated for a comprehensive management plan, notice shall be sent to the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget for inclusion in the RDCC agenda packet and, if appropriate, the weekly status report.

2. The division shall conduct at least one public meeting in the vicinity of a planning unit that has been designated for a comprehensive management plan.

(a) The meeting shall provide an opportunity for public comment regarding the issues to be addressed in the plan.

(b) The public meeting(s) shall be held at least two weeks after notice in a local newspaper.

(c) Notice of public meeting(s) shall be sent directly to lessees of record, local government officials and the Office of Planning and Budget for inclusion in the RDCC agenda packet and weekly status report. A mailing list shall be maintained by the division.

(d) Additional public meetings may be held.

3. Notice that a site-specific or resource planning effort is under way shall be given to:

(a) affected parties as required by rule for exchange, or lease;

(b) the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget for inclusion in the RDCC Project Management System for public and agency notification and comment.

R652-90-600. Public Review.

1. Comprehensive management plans shall be published in draft form and sent to persons on the mailing list established under R652-90-400, the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget, and other persons upon request.

(a) A public comment period of at least 45 days shall commence upon receipt of the draft in the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget.

(b) All public comment shall be acknowledged pursuant to 65A-2-4(2).

(c) The division's response to the public comment shall be summarized in the final comprehensive management plan.

(d) Comments received after the public comment period shall be acknowledged but need not be summarized in the final plan.

2. Resource plans shall be published and made available upon request.

(a) Persons wishing to comment on these plans may do so at any time.

(b) The division shall acknowledge all written comments.

3. Upon completion of any planning process, the Record of Decision or other document summarizing final division action and relevant facts shall be provided to any persons requesting notice from the division.

R652-90-700. Interim Management.

1. Once the planning process is initiated, and for the purpose of effective interim management, the division may designate a primary intended land use or withdraw land in the planning unit from any or all surface or subsurface land use for the duration of the planning process or 18 months, whichever is less.

2. At the onset of a management planning process, a primary intended land use may be designated for land that is reasonably expected to be used for a combination of mineral, industrial, recreational, residential and other uses.

(a) During the planning process, surface actions which will adversely affect the primary intended land use shall be subject to a maximum term of five years and the prohibition of surface disturbance which will foreclose future use options.

(b) The primary intended land use may be changed during the planning process in response to new management opportunities.

3. Any application for activities covered by a current withdrawal shall be held in abeyance. At the conclusion of the planning process, the director may deny an application or any part thereof which is inconsistent with the completed plan, or continue to process all other applications which have been held in abeyance.

4. A lease which expires during the planning processes may be extended only for the duration of the withdrawal. Extensions granted under this provision are exempt from the requirement of R652-30-1000.

R652-90-800. Multiple-Use Framework.

Comprehensive management plans shall consider the following multiple-use factors to achieve sovereign land-management objectives:

1. The highest and best use(s) for the sovereign land resources in the planning unit.

2. Present and future use(s) for the sovereign land resources in the planning unit;

3. Suitability of the sovereign lands in the planning unit for the proposed uses;

4. The impact of proposed use(s) on other sovereign land resources in the planning unit;

5. The compatibility of possible use(s) as proposed by general public comments, application from prospective users or division analysis; and

6. The uniqueness, special attributes and availability of resources in the planning unit.

R652-90-900. Joint Planning.

The division may participate in joint planning with other land management agencies.

R652-90-1000. Amendments to Management Plans.

1. The division shall follow the management direction, policies and land use proposals presented in comprehensive management plans. When unforeseen circumstances arise which may require a change in plans, the division shall adhere to the following procedure for amendments to comprehensive management plans:

(a) notify affected lessees, beneficiaries, local and other affected government entities;

(b) submit the proposed amendment to the RDCC for review and comment; and

(c) conduct a public meeting in the affected area to provide an opportunity for comment, after giving two weeks' notice in a local newspaper. The division shall acknowledge all written comments.

2. Resource plans may be amended by the division without public notice.

3. Site-specific plans may be amended by the director at any time following issuance provided that the amendment:

(a) does not materially affect any person's rights or obligations, and

(b) is consistent with existing policy or rule.

R652-90-1100. Termination of Planning.

Prior to issuance of a final planning document, a planning process may be suspended or terminated by the division.

R652-90-1200. Environmental Assessments.

1. The RDCC process provides an environmental assessment for purposes of sovereign land management. The public may comment on proposed sovereign land uses through the RDCC and other public notification processes.

2. Any additional environmental impact analysis shall be at the director's discretion based on a written determination that additional evaluation is consistent with division duties.


management, public meetings, environmental assessment, land use

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

February 24, 2010

Notice of Continuation

March 29, 2017

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law


Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R652, please contact the promulgating agency (Natural Resources; Forestry, Fire and State Lands). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.