Where required, the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) shall be prepared in accordance with Article VII within 45 days after the close of any public hearing on the draft environmental impact statement or within 60 days after the filing of the draft statement, whichever last occurs. The local agency may extend this time, as necessary, to complete the statement adequately or where problems identified with the proposed action require material reconsideration or modification.
Where the action involves an application, such final environmental impact statement may be accompanied by a fee, not to exceed 1/2 of 1% of the action's total cost to the applicant as determined by the local agency, to defray the expenses of the local agency in preparing and/or evaluating the final statement.
A notice of completion of a final environmental impact statement shall be prepared, filed, sent and published in the same manner as provided in § 54-18 herein and shall be sent to all persons who were sent the notice of completion of the draft environmental impact statement.
Where the local agency has been the lead agency for an action, it shall, within 30 days of the filing of the final environmental impact statement, make a decision whether or not to approve the action.
When a local agency decides to carry out or approve an action which may have a significant effect on the environment, it shall make the following findings in a written determination:
That, consistent with social, economic and other essential considerations of state and local policy and to the maximum extent practicable from among the reasonable alternatives thereto, the action to be carried out or approved is one which minimizes or avoids adverse environmental effects, including the effects disclosed in the relevant environmental impact statement.
That all practicable means will be taken in carrying out or approving the action to minimize or avoid adverse environmental effects.
For public information purposes, copies of the final environmental impact statement shall be filed and made available for review in the same manner as the draft environmental impact statement.
No decision to carry out or approve an action which has been the subject of a final environmental impact statement by the local agency or by any other agency shall be made until after the filing and consideration of the final environmental impact statement.