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Planning and Environment Linkages

WHAT ARE PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT LINKAGES?

Planing and Environmental Linkages (PEL) represent a collaborative and integrated approach to transportation decision making that considers environmental, community, and economic goals early in the planning stage and carries them through project development, design, and construction.

This can lead to a seamless decision-making process that can help reduce and minimize impacts, minimize duplication of effort, promote environmental stewardship, and reduce delays in project implementation.

With increased emphasis on transportation's role/impact on the environmental, community, and economic well-being of the region, the continuous introduction and consideration of environmental topics such as climate change emphasizes the important linkages between the long-range transportation planning process and environmental planning.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is working to implement PEL efforts in consultation with resource agencies.

BACKGROUND AND MORE INFORMATION

Program Goals
Legislative Basis
PEL Resources

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTATION FOR MOBILITY 2045

 

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Environmental Consultation Documents and Participation Form

 

PAST COORDINATION EFFORTS

 

RELATED EFFORTS

 

US Army Corps of Engineers Coordination - Section 404 Permitting

In October 2008, NCTCOG entered into an agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to find a position to expedite permitting for regionally-significant transportation projects. This agreement allowed the USACE to assign a dedicated staff person to expedite permits. The USACE legislative authority to enter into these agreements is supported by the Water Resources Development Act of 2000 (WRDA) and was extended through 2016, allowing NCTCOG to continue to enter into agreements wit the USACE. NCTCOG and regional transportation partners have benefited greatly from this agreement. Enhanced communication has led to faster permitting times, reduced impact on the aquatic environment, and reduced cost for mitigation efforts.

 

Final Permit Decisions Funded through the WRDA Section 214 Authority

 

Implementing Eco-Logical - Next Phase of REF Development

 

Regional Ecosystem Framework Development and Final Report

 

Environmental Stewardship Program

 

Transportation Plans:

The Metropolitan Transportation Plan

Regional Tolling Analysis

 

 

Program Contacts: Sandy Wesch, P.E., AICP, Project Engineer

                               Kate Zielke, Senior Transportation Planner

 

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