7 USC 2009bb6 - Development planning process

(a) State development plan 
In accordance with policies established by the Authority, each State member shall submit a development plan for the area of the region represented by the State member.
(b) Content of plan 
A State development plan submitted under subsection (a) of this section shall reflect the goals, objectives, and priorities identified in the regional development plan developed under section 2009bb–1 (d)(2) of this title.
(c) Consultation with interested local parties 
In carrying out the development planning process (including the selection of programs and projects for assistance), a State may
(1) consult with

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(A) multistate, regional, and local development districts and organizations; and
(B) local units of government; and
(2) take into consideration the goals, objectives, priorities, and recommendations of the entities described in paragraph (1).
(d) Public participation 

(1) In general 
The Authority and applicable multistate, regional, and local development districts and organizations shall encourage and assist, to the maximum extent practicable, public participation in the development, revision, and implementation of all plans and programs under this subchapter.
(2) Regulations 
The Authority shall develop guidelines for providing public participation described in paragraph (1), including public hearings.