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SAFETEA-LU: Environmental Provisions for Transportation Planning . Summer Meeting of ADC50 Williamsburg, VA July 26, 2006. Michael Culp FHWA Office of Project Development and Environmental Review michael.culp@dot.gov. SAFETEA-LU Section 6001.

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safetea lu environmental provisions for transportation planning

SAFETEA-LU: Environmental Provisions for Transportation Planning

Summer Meeting of ADC50Williamsburg, VAJuly 26, 2006

Michael Culp

FHWA Office of Project Development and Environmental Review

michael.culp@dot.gov

safetea lu section 6001
SAFETEA-LU Section 6001

Expanded environmental considerations in Metropolitan and Statewide Transportation Planning

  • Consultation
  • Mitigation
consultation provision
Consultation Provision
  • During development of long-range transportation MPOs and States must consult “as appropriate” with State and local agencies responsible for:
    • Land-use management
    • Natural resources
    • Environmental protection
    • Conservation
    • Historic preservation
  • For Statewide plans, States must also consult with Tribal agencies
consultation provision cont
Consultation Provision (cont)
  • The consultation shall involve, “as appropriate”
    • Comparison of transportation plans with State conservation plans or maps, if available; or
    • Comparison of transportation plans to inventories of natural or historic resources, if available
plans and inventories
Plans and Inventories

Natural

Heritage

Databases

Multi-Species

Habitat

Conservation

Plans

Land Use

Plans

What are the other plans or inventories that might be considered?

Wildlife

Action

Plans

Green

Infrastructure

Planning

Transportation

plan

Special Area

Management

Plans

Watershed

Plans

Historic

Resource

Inventories

mitigation provision
Mitigation Provision
  • Long-range transportation plans must include a discussion of potential environmental mitigation activities and potential locations to carry them out
    • Must be developed in consultation with Federal, State and Tribal wildlife, land management, and regulatory agencies
a few differences
Local and State elected officials – driven process

High level (systems-perspective)

Produces Long Range Plan/TIP

Process Certified by FHWA/FTA

Not a Federal Action or reviewable by courts

Lead agency/FHWA driven

Project-Alternatives specific

NEPA document/MOA

Approved by FHWA

Federal Action, reviewable by courts

A few differences…

Project Development/NEPA/106

Transportation Planning

consideration of cultural resources
Preservation plans

Data/inventories

General assessment

Fuzzy, systems-level

Project –specific inventories

Project-specific analysis

Focused consideration of significance & eligibility

Consideration of Cultural Resources

Project Development/NEPA/106

Transportation Planning

mitigation
General discussion of mitigation “activities”

Avoidance and minimization during plan development

Eco-system-level, banking (most value)

Fuzzy, systems-level

Project –specific impact mitigation, avoidance and minimization

Project-level, at project site and in-kind (may be costly and low value)

Mitigation

Project Development/NEPA/106

Transportation Planning

what s in it for you better plans projects and stewardship
What’s in it for you?Better Plans, Projects and Stewardship
  • Early involvement in planning envisioned as part of NEPA to ensure better decisions
  • Planning products are being encouraged to be used in NEPA, given that they are done appropriately
  • Projects from a “environmentally-considerate” planning process will be better projects
  • If resource agencies are not involved, may have problems down the road
some next steps
Some next steps
  • NPRM for Planning is currently out for comment until September 7, 2006
  • Deadline for Planning Agencies to comply with provisions is July 1, 2007
  • Agencies will likely be developing approaches to meet requirements soon
thank you

Thank You!

michael.culp@dot.gov