Each chapter of the CHPP went through several stages before being included in the CHPP final draft:
1. CHPP staff wrote draft chapters based on best available scientific information from written reports and expert state, federal, and academic scientists.
2. CHPP Development Team reviewed draft documents for technical accuracy. Members included staff from agencies supporting each rule-making commission (see CHPP Authorities and Relationships for more information)
3. Intercommission Review Committee (IRC) reviewed revised draft documents from the CHPP Development Team, focusing primarily on management needs and supporting information. Members of teh IRC included two representatives each from the Environmental Management, Coastal Resources, and Marine Fisheries Commissions (EMC, CRC, and MFC). The IRC met to discuss each habitat chapter and drafted management recommendations based on the suite of management needs identified in the text.
4. The final draft of the CHPP was formally presented to the EMC, CRC, and MFC in September 2004. The three regulatory commissions and the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resource (DENR) reviewed the final draft and came to a consensus on the final list of management recommendations. In developing the final list, the three regulatory commissions and DENR considered comments and concerns voiced at public meetings held during summer 2004.
5. The North Carolina Environmental Management, Coastal Resources, and Marine Fisheries Commissions adopted the CHPP in December 2004 by unanimous vote of each Commission.
6. The Chairmen of the Environmental Management, Coastal Resources, and Marine Fisheries Commissions, and the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) formally signed the North Carolina Coastal Habitat Protection Plan in a ceremony in Morehead City on February 11, 2005.
7. The three Commissions adopted the joint implementation plan in June and July 2005