In 2003, the first Multi-Agency Permitting (MAP) Team was developed. The MAP Team originally consisted of representatives from regulatory agencies and WSDOT with the task of meeting project timelines and permitting requirements for a given set of state transportation projects. The MAP Team included technical experts to help permitting transportation projects meet on-time project delivery.
The first MAP Team consisted of representatives from:
- Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
- Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology)
- Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)
- United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
- King County Department of Development and Environmental Services (joined January 2004) (KCDDES)
The MAP Team process would identify permitting risks, develop helpful processes and solutions, and provide unified information to the WSDOT project manager early enough in project development to make a difference. As such, the MAP Team could help WSDOT reduce environmental impacts and provide a process resulting in efficient project delivery.
The Washington State Departments of Ecology (Ecology), Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), Transportation (WSDOT), the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), and King County (KC) believed that by working together, in the same location on the same projects, permit and regulatory decision-making for state transportation projects improved results for all. As such, these agencies formed the first state MAP Team empowered (pdf 421 kb)with the purpose and responsibility of upholding and embracing the public call for:
- Governmental cooperation, collaboration, creativity, and team work;
- Streamlined permitting and regulatory decision-making;
- Effective environmental protection and impact mitigation; and
- Efficient delivery of transportation improvement projects that balance and are accountable to community, economic, and environmental values.
In 2013 the MAP Team combined with the Liaison Program. The MAP Team business practices are currently followed by the Liaison Permitting Team. The Liaison Permitting Team is part of the Compliance Program in the Environmental Services Office.