Operational Strategic Plan Development
EEP’s strategic-planning process is integral to balancing efficient and effective compliance with regulatory requirements and high-quality, watershed-based restoration results. These efforts provide the framework for the acquisition, planning, design and construction of all restoration and enhancement projects undertaken by EEP. The process assembles data and information on the locations of environmental impacts from NCDOT projects, as well as other private and public development projects participating in one of EEP's four mitigation programs.
With this information, EEP completes a comparative analysis of the program’s existing mitigation assets to identify watersheds in the state where additional mitigation assets will be needed. The Operational Strategic Plan specifies how much mitigation is needed and how it will be procured, for greatest program efficiency. EEP's watershed-planning process identifies the specific targeted areas where new projects would provide the most environmental benefit. Together, these two efforts allow EEP to produce high-quality, effective mitigation in the right places at the right time.
EEP's strategic plan is dynamic and is updated as new impact, restoration project and watershed-planning information become available. The result of the EEP’s strategic efforts has been consistently high compliance for mitigation commitments and the virtual elimination of delays for development projects.