Environmental Guidance Documents

NEPA Planning Guidance

Categorical Exclusions

Environmental Assessments

  • Environmental Overview Outline
    • This outline will guide the practitioner in preparing environmental overviews, which often precede the preparation of Environmental Assessments.
  • Environmental Assessment Guidance
    • This guidance is to be used on preparing Environmental Assessments. For additional guidance please call EPG at 602.712.7767 and ask to speak with a NEPA Planner.
  • Sample Cooperating Agency Letters
    • These two sample letters contain wording to invite federal agencies to participate as cooperating agencies in upcoming environmental investigations. One letter is for the US Army Corps of Engineers and the other is for the Apache-Sitegreaves National Forest.

Geotechnical Clearance

Section 4(f)

  • Section 4(f) Policy Paper
    • This paper provides instructional guidance on when and how to apply the provisions of Section 4(f) of the US Department of Transportation Act of 1966. It is based on a combination of the requirements of the 4(f) statute, case law resulting from litigation, and years of ad hoc decisions on project-by-project basis.
  • Negative Declaration Section 4(f) Statement for Bikeway and Walkway Projects
    • This negative declaration covers those independent bikeway and pedestrian walkway projects which require the use of recreation and park areas. Its purpose is to reduce processing time and delays in doing Section 4(f) evaluations.

Environmental Justice

  • Title VI and Environmental Justice Overview
    • This overview covers various aspects of Title VI and Environmental Justice, including regulations, laws, Executive Order 12898, and guidance.
  • Guidance on Title VI and Environmental Justice
    • This report will assist practitioners in documenting whether highway improvement projects would have a disproportionate high and adverse effects on minority and low-income populations. This guidance is to be used for Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements, and for projects requiring a significant amount of new right of way.
  • Guidelines for Environmental Justice Analysis
    • The guideline may be used for all statewide projects to ensure that Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and the Executive Order 12898 "Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minortiy Populations and Low-Income Populations" are adequately considered in the environmental planning process.
  • Environmental Justice Flowchart
    • This handy flowchart outlines the process in determining level of documentation for Environmental Justice.

Privately Funded Projects

  • Introduction
    • This document describes the ADOT Environmental Planning Group (EPG) and provides an overview of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
  • Guidance for Conducting Environmental Compliance Analysis
    • This document list categories that need to be address when doing environmental investigation and it provides estimated review time by EPG for each of the categories.
  • Consultant Information
    • This information consist of the Project Data Sheet and PowerPoint-style presentations on the various services offered by EPG. This should help get the consultant started on their environmental investigation.

NEPA Regulations and Processes