Office of Environmental Management

PD&E Manual

Project Development and Environment Manual (PD&E Manual) Effective July 1, 2023

Pursuant to 23 United States Code (U.S.C.) 327 and the implementing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) executed on May 26, 2022, the FDOT has assumed and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has assigned its responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for highway projects on the State Highway System (SHS) and Local Agency Program (LAP) projects off the SHS (NEPA Assignment). In general, FDOT's assumption includes all highway projects in Florida which source of federal funding comes from FHWA or which constitute a federal action through FHWA. NEPA Assignment includes responsibilities for environmental review, interagency consultation and other activities pertaining to the review or approval of NEPA actions. Consistent with law and the MOU, FDOT will be the Lead Federal Agency for highway projects with approval authority resting in the Office of Environmental Management (OEM).

The process outlined in the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Manual is the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT's) procedure for complying with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, Title 42 U.S.C. section 4321, et seq. , and the MOU mentioned above and describes FDOT's environmental review process.

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Published July 1, 2023 

 Part 1: Processes and Documentation  Part 2: Topics and Analysis
ChapterTable of Contents ChapterTable of Contents
1: Introduction 1: Project Description and Purpose and Need  (PPT)
2: Class of Action Determination for Federal Projects (CBT) (Type 1 CE Webinar) 2: Traffic Analysis
3: Preliminary Environmental Discussion and Advance Notification (CBT 3: Engineering Analysis (Training)
4: Project Development Process (Webinar) 4: Sociocultural Effects Evaluation (Web Page) (Video)
5: Type 2 Categorical Exclusion (CBT) (SWEPT Training) (Guidance) 5: Aesthetic Effects (CBT)
6: Environmental Assessment (CBT) 6: Farmland (CBT)
7: Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) (CBT) 7: Section 4(f) Resources (webinar) (SWEPT Forms)
8: Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) (CBT) 8: Archaeological and Historical Resources (webinar)
9: Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) (CBT) 9: Wetlands and Other Surface Waters  (webinar) (WBT)
10: State, Local, or Privately Funded Project Delivery (SEIR/PEIR Training) 10: HOLD
11:Public Involvement (Web Page 11:Water Resources (webinar) (Aquatic Preserves and OFW Training)
12: Environmental Permits (Handbook) (WBT: Part 1 | Part 2) 12: Wild and Scenic Rivers (WBT)
13: Re-evaluations (CBT) 13: Floodplains (webinar)
14: Transit Project Delivery (CBT) 14: Coastal Zone Consistency (WBT)
15:Project File and Records Management (CBT) (Guidance) 15:Coastal Barrier Resources (WBT)
16:United States Coast Guard Projects and Navigation 16:
 Acronyms List
 17: Essential Fish Habitat (webinars) (NRE webinar) (WBT)
   18: Highway Traffic Noise 
 Entire July 2023 PD&E Manual ( single PDF)19:Air Quality
 Part 1 ( single PDF)20:Contamination (webinar)
 Part 2  ( single PDF)  21: Utilities and Railroads
  22: Commitments (webinar) (CBT)
 Archived PD&E Manual chapters: 23: Acquisition and Restoration Council (ARC) Coordination
 PD&E Manual (2016)   
 PD&E Manual (2017)   
 PD&E Manual (2019)  
 PD&E Manual (2020)  OEM Bulletins and Memorandums


CBT = Web Based training that cover the topic. Tests are provided to review the material.  CBTs can be accessed by both FDOT and non-FDOT staff.  FDOT staff should follow the links to Learning Curve to ensure they receive credit in the Department Learning Management System.

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