(1) The department shall initiate the reviews and studies required by this part prior to initiating any undertaking which may result in changes to the surface structures, or other character of the land. The department shall complete its review early enough to be used in formulating the department's decision on the project. Completion of reviews and studies after the department has committed itself to the scope, format, and siting of project will not constitute adherence to these regulations.
(2) At specified stages within the following procedure, SHPO response to the department is required. If the SHPO fails to respond in the times described in this rule, the department may assume that the SHPO agrees with the department position and the department may move forward with the project.