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Streamlining Transportation Decision Making. Becky Lupes Office of Project Development and Environmental Review June 17, 2008. Discussion Framework. PEL Background Benefits Important Elements of PEL - Intra-Agency Coordination - Inter-Agency Coordination - Data Sharing and Analysis

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streamlining transportation decision making

Streamlining Transportation Decision Making

Becky Lupes

Office of Project Development and Environmental Review

June 17, 2008

discussion framework
Discussion Framework

PEL Background

Benefits

Important Elements of PEL

- Intra-Agency Coordination

- Inter-Agency Coordination

- Data Sharing and Analysis

Lessons Learned

FY 2008-2009 PEL Priorities

planning and environment linkages pel what is it
Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL): What is it?

An APPROACH to transportation decision-making

A PROGRAM promoting tools and resources

Supports FHWA Planning Regulations

planning and environment linkages an integrated systems perspective
Planning and Environment Linkages:An Integrated, Systems Perspective

land

development

proposal

Land Use

System

Transportation

System

road

improvement

proposal

Water Resources

System

wetlands

identification

Other Natural,

Cultural Resource

Systems

habitat or

historic places

to preserve

Integrated Approach

opportunities to support multiple community goals and improve quality of life

slide6

System-level Planning

System-level Planning

Transportation

Resource Agency

Integrated Planning, Consultation

Planning Regs/S-LU 6001

Linking Planning and NEPA

Planning Regs/ Appendix A

NEPA, Environmental Review Process

S-LU 6002

Project-level Decision

Project-level Decision

slide7

System-level Planning

System-level Planning

Transportation

Resource Agency

Integrated Planning, Consultation

Planning Regs/ S-LU 6001

Linking Planning and NEPA

Planning Regs/ Appendix A

NEPA, Environmental Review Process

S-LU 6002

Project-level Decision

Project-level Decision

slide8

System-level Planning

System-level Planning

Transportation

Resource Agency

Integrated Planning, Consultation

Planning Regs/S-LU 6001

Linking Planning and NEPA

Planning Regs/ Appendix A

NEPA, Environmental Review Process

S-LU 6002

Project-level Decision

Project-level Decision

slide9

System-level Planning

System-level Planning

Transportation

Resource Agency

Integrated Planning, Consultation

Planning Regs/S-LU 6001

Linking Planning and NEPA

Planning Regs/ Appendix A

NEPA, Environmental Review Process

S-LU 6002

Project-level Decision

Project-level Decision

expected benefits of pel
Expected Benefits of PEL

Relationship-building

Process efficiency

On-the-ground outcomes

important elements of pel
Important Elements of PEL

Intra- Agency Coordination

Inter- Agency Coordination

Data Sharing and Analysis

intra agency coordination
Intra-Agency Coordination

Obtain executive level commitment to a more comprehensive process

Increase coordination among planning, environment, GIS, and IT staff

Sample Actions:

Conduct inter-disciplinary meetings

Host cross-training sessions

Develop agency-wide guidance

intra agency coordination example
Intra-Agency Coordination Example

Coordination includes sharing information, documents, history, files, commitments

Colorado DOT’s Linking Planning & NEPA Guidance and Online Training

Incorporated planning products into environmental review process

http://www.dot.state.co.us/environmental/Training/NEPA_index.asp

inter agency coordination
Inter-Agency Coordination

Involve resource agencies early in transportation planning

Sample Actions:

Establish interagency work groups or committees

Host workshops (e.g., Linking Conservation and Transportation Planning)

Establish MOU’s/MOA’s

inter agency coordination example
Inter-Agency Coordination Example

Southeast Michigan Council of Governments’ (SEMCOG) Long-Range Transportation Planning

Analyzed potential impacts of planned transportation projects on environmentally sensitive resources

Consulted with multiple agencies to determine significant resources and appropriate buffer sizes

data sharing and analysis
Data Sharing and Analysis

Share data/analyses among agencies

Overlay proposed transportation projects on identified sensitive resources

Meet planning requirement for comparison of metropolitan plans to State conservation plans/maps; inventories of natural or historic resources

Data and Analysis Tools:

Geographic Information Systems

Project Screening Tools

data sharing and analysis example
Data Sharing and Analysis Example

Florida’s Environmental Screening Tool (EST)

Identifies and maps environmental concerns

Screens potential projects

Resource agencies analyze their own data

Secure website for project reviews

lessons learned
Lessons Learned

Implementation of PEL approach is an ongoing, long-term process

Determining and agreeing on the appropriate level of environmental detail is key

Decisions along the way need to have good documentation behind them

Communication/coordination, both internally and externally, is a major challenge

There is a need to demonstrate the benefits of PEL

pel and related fhwa activities
PEL and Related FHWA Activities

Eco-Logical

Integrated Planning

Context Sensitive Solutions

Climate Change

Planning

Environment

fhwa pel website
FHWA PEL Website

http://www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov/integ/index.asp

  • Overview of approach and concepts
  • Tips on identifying activities to implement approach
  • Descriptions of effective practices
  • Links to other related information resources
  • Related guidance, regulations, and SAFETEA-LU provisions
fhwa s fy 2008 2009 pel priorities
FHWA’s FY 2008-2009 PEL Priorities

Technical Assistance

State-specific technical assistance

Peer Exchange on GIS in PEL

Linking Conservation and Transportation Planning Workshops

Integration with FHWA Initiatives

(Eco-Logical, Integrated Planning, etc.)

fhwa s fy 2008 2009 pel priorities1
FHWA’s FY 2008-2009 PEL Priorities

Targeted Expansion of PEL Areas

Capturing best practices in State DOTs

Exploring links between PEL and other planning and environment areas

Climate change, freight, non-motorized transportation

questions
Questions?

Mike Culp

[email protected]

(202) 366-9229

Robert Ritter

[email protected]

(202) 493-2139

  • Becky Lupes

[email protected]

(202) 366-7808

  • Diane Turchetta

[email protected]

(202) 493-0158

  • Mary Gray

[email protected]

(360) 753-9487

http://environment.fhwa.dot.gov/integ/index.asp

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