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Idaho Transportation Department
Linking Planning with NEPA in eastern Idaho
Contact information is provided for both Elaine Somers (U.S. EPA) and William Shaw (Idaho Transportation Department).
Map of Idaho
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ITD District 6 Corridors
This slide shows a graphic of the Idaho Transportation Department district offices.
This slide shows a flow chart for Pavement Management, Planning, Project Management, and External Data Sources.
Corridor Studies and Planning
This slide shows a graphic of the corridor planning process at ITD.
This slide shows a picture of the Cutthroat Trout.
This slide shows a picture of Howard Creek during the planning phase and after the construction phase.
This slide shows a picture of Targhee Creek during the planning phase and after the construction phase.
This slide shows a chart of the participants (plus 31 ITD staff members) that participated in the process.
Conceptual District Transportation Plan
This slide shows a circular graphic depicting development of a district transportation plan.
This slide shows a graphic of Project Chartering within ITD.
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U.S. EPA Region 10
Corridor Planning and NEPA
Resource Agency Perspectives
EPA Region 10
SAFETEA-LU Sections 6001, 6002, Appendix A, and DOT Regulations are good!
- Support purpose, intent of NEPA
- Respond to CEQ NEPA requirement for early involvement
- Facilitate consideration of environment in planning and project development
- Foster other benefits of early involvement
- Reflect common views/ needs of resource agencies
- Consultation with agencies, Tribes re: conservation plans, maps, resource inventories, mitigation
- Early and continuous involvement
- Level of detail
- Thorough documentation
- Sound, credible analyses using reliable data, rational up-to-date assumptions
- Purpose and need guidance
- Initiating NEPA with planning studies guidance
- Use of planning info for affected environment, environmental consequences, indirect and cumulative effects
- Makes no guarantees
Corridor Planning in EPA Region 10
- ITD District 6 — active user; encouraged statewide
- WA — pre-SAFETEA-LU: limited tiering, corridor planning within NEPA
- Oregon CETAS process — a successful model
- Colorado DOT
- Dedicated staffing: Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Manager
- Linking Planning and NEPA training: online, interactive
- PEL Decision Tool: web-based, interactive
- FHWA PEL Questionnaire: level of detail guidance; planning documentation
- Resource agency coordination: Environmental forum
- Many corridor studies
Idaho Corridor Planning and NEPA Integration Guide
- 5 approaches:
- 1 tiered
- 3 within NEPA umbrella
- 1 outside/ prior to NEPA (for when streamlining is not necessary)
Corridor/ subarea plans — to use or not to use?
- Transportation planners must evaluate situation, pros/ cons
- Resource agencies want early and continuous involvement
- Prefer within NEPA umbrella
- Urge use of "within NEPA" approaches
- Ensure each resource agency, Tribe is invited to participate from the beginning
- Create ways to enable participation
- Site visits, teleconferences, videoconference, environmental forum (ala CDOT), electronic communications, clustered meetings/ site visits for out-of-area participants, other
- Have inclusive, continuous public involvement
- Use Appendix A guidance
- At a minimum, follow procedures for participating/cooperating agencies (S. 6002) in planning and project development, i.e., have check-in points.
- Consider whether to establish an interagency MOA, with formal concurrence or consultation points, conflict resolution process, and other features.
- Determine means and methods for documentation.
- Use Origin/Destination studies to inform planning.
- For success, ensure corridor planning is inclusive, manageable, appropriately iterative, and result in more informed decision making, per intent of NEPA.
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