Resource Agency Interests in Transportation Decision Making
Resource agency participation in the decision making consistently ensures the process:
· Includes conservation planning to the extent possible.
· Is inclusive of the public and stakeholders.
· Conforms to environmental regulations.
· Is based on factual information and reasonable assumptions.
In specific phases there are additional interests as listed below.
Long Range Transportation Planning
Ensure that the long range planning process/resulting plan:
· Incorporates and documents large scale avoidance and minimization.
· Considers indirect and cumulative impacts/land use issues.
Ensure that the corridor planning process/resulting plan:
· Is consistent with any agreements made in long range planning and can inform NEPA.
· Provides clear expectations of how the results of environmental review can be used.
· Broad geographic scale information is obtained and shared.
Programming Integrated with Fiscal Constraint
Ensure programming and the resulting TIP/STIP:
· Consider the environmental issues identified in setting cost and schedule.
· Provide a project description adequate for resource agencies to identify when their input is needed.
· Accurately reflect the plans/intent of the state/MPO.
Ensure the environmental review process/environmental document:
· Addresses a true need/deficiency.
· Is based on an agreement among all partners as to the content of the NEPA document.
· Follows an appropriate sequence - avoid, minimize, mitigate.
· Is coordinated with other permitting requirements.