Right-of-Way Plan of Development (POD) Outline

This outline will help you complete Item 7 on the SF-299 application. 

I.    Description of the facility

What is to be built? for example: road, pipeline, utility line, tower, building(s) etc.
What will it be used for?
Why is it necessary to use public lands?
When do you propose to construct? specify timing and duration, if known
How long will the authorization be needed?

Is an additional temporary construction area needed? List the needs for additional space outside of the ROW grant area. Include the type of proposed use, dimensions, duration of the temporary use needed, including time to rehabilitate the site. This will help determine whether a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) or Short-term ROW is needed.

II.   Design criteria

The degree of design must be compatible with the proposed use and anticipated environmental impacts.

All disturbances must be within the ROW/TUP boundary.
A. Road specifications
  • Length and total width of ROW; width of road surface, maximum grade
  • Minimum/maximum clearing width
  • Cut/fill slope ratios
  • Type and location of drainage structures, cattle guards, fences, gates
  • Proposed surfacing type (gravel) and quantities, dust abatement
  • Centerline survey plat
  • Design drawings, including: Plan and Profile sheets, typical roadway cross-sections, culvert installation details, grade dip detail (water bars, rolling dips, etc.), cattle guard, fence and gate details
  • Construction specifications
  • Materials specifications
B. Pipeline specifications
  • Length and width of ROW/TUP
  • Diameter and material of pipe
  • Depth of pipeline
  • Size of trench
  • Construction access requirements during and after construction
  • Construction equipment requirements
  • Survey plat
  • Site specific engineering surveys for critical areas
  • Cathodic protection site, valve stations, compressor stations
C. Powerline specifications
  • Length and width of ROW
  • Size, number and type of conductors
  • Height and size of tower/poles
  • Vegetation clearance requirements
  • Raptor proof design
  • Construction access and equipment requirements
  • Transformers, substations, anchor locations, pulling sites
  • Marker ball installations
D. Communications Site specifications

Site dimensions
Size of all structures (building, towers, guys)
Site design plan
Utility requirements (power, phone)
Access requirements during and after construction
Technical data report including specifications of equipment, frequency of transmissions
FCC license
Compatibility with other users

III.   Facility Construction

Most surface-disturbing activities associated with ROWs occur during construction.

The following components are common to most ROW construction projects and where relevant, should be carefully described in the Plan of Development.
Flagging & staking


Clearing & grading




Structure installation


Stabilization, rehabilitation & revegetation


IV.   Facility Operation & Maintenance

Describe required maintenance and the anticipated level of use. 

How and when will scheduled maintenance be performed?
Describe snow removal, road grading, building maintenance, etc.

V.    Termination & Rehabilitation

Describe the actions required to terminate the use and rehabilitate the ROW area.

Removal of facilities: who, how & when, and method for reclaiming disturbed areas

VI.    Miscellaneous Information

Waste Disposal – trash, construction debris, solid waste and hazardous waste
Traffic Control – barricades, construction signs, flaggers
Safety Plan for employees, contractors, general public
Fire Prevention 
Spill Prevention and Contingency – preventive measures, notification of proper authorities, incident response/containment measures, testing and cleanup measures
Pesticide Use – application to BLM-managed lands, plans for controlling noxious weeds (chemicals, rate, method of application, etc.)