(1) If it is determined that significant public interest is involved, one or more of the following steps, as applicable, shall be taken to assist public participation in decision-making;

(a) a proceeding or hearing shall be held in compliance with the provisions of the Montana Administrative Procedure Act, Title 2, chapter 4, MCA;

(b) a public hearing, after appropriate notice is given, shall be held pursuant to any other provision or state law or a local ordinance or regulation;

(c) a news release, legal advertisement, or other method of publication shall be given to news media within the area to be affected which shall include the name of the department, the name of a person within the department most familiar with the proposed action, the address, and phone number where interested persons may submit their data, views or arguments, orally or in written form, concerning the proposed action.

History: 2-3-103, MCA; IMP, 2-3-103, MCA; Eff. 5/6/76.