Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Problems. Topic S02-04. Approaches to Integrating Airport Development and Federal Environmental Review Processes

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and airports want to enhance the efficiency of the environmental review component of the airport project development process, which spans from concept to completion and ribbon-cutting. Previous efforts have focused on streamlining the NEPA process. Much of the inefficiency and delay attributed to the environmental review is due in part to inadequate project definition and coordination, or consideration of Federal environmental requirements (e.g., NEPA and special purpose laws) during the airport sponsor's project development process. In some cases, even minor changes in the project definition may have substantial impact on the schedule, complexity and cost of the environmental review process. As new projects are considered, airport executives and planners must fully integrate environmental considerations. Although the FAA and individual airport sponsors have taken various approaches to enhance coordination between project development and environmental processes, there is no comprehensive record of these practices. This synthesis would identify effective practices used by airports and the FAA to integrate environmental review and airport project development processes. The scope of this project would be to assemble information on the techniques used to effectively integrate development planning and environmental activities throughout the airport project development process; and to identify time- and cost-effective practices, approaches and techniques. The consultant will collect a representative sample of contemporary (FAA action completed post-2000, 60-80 examples) project-specific information focusing on process (behavior and structures) and outcomes in the integration of planning and environmental processes.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $25000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Start Date: 20080401
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090901
  • Source Data: RiP Project 15469

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01462744
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:09PM