Office of Environmental Management

PD&E Manual

Project Development and Environment Manual (PD&E Manual) Effective January 14, 2019

Pursuant to 23 United States Code (U.S.C.) 327 and the implementing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) executed on December 14, 2016, the FDOT has assumed Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) responsibilities under NEPA for highway projects on the State Highway System (SHS) and Local Agency Program (LAP) projects off the SHS. In general, FDOT's assumption includes all highway projects in Florida whose source of federal funding comes from FHWA or which constitute a federal action through FHWA. This 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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  NEW June 2020: 2020 Manual Revision Webinar (Recording) (PPT)
Published January 14, 2019  July 2019: OEM Document Review and Approval Process recorded webinar
 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 Highway Projects ( CBT) 2: Traffic Analysis
3: Preliminary Environmental Discussion and Advance Notification ( CBT 3: Engineering Analysis (Training)
4: Project Development Process ( Webinar) 4: Sociocultural Effects Evaluation
5: Type 2 Categorical Exclusion ( CBT) 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)
10: State, Local, or Privately Funded Project Delivery 10: Aquatic Preserves and Outstanding Florida Waters ( webinar)
11: Public Involvement 11: Water Quality and Stormwater (webinar)
12: Environmental Permits (Handbook) 12: Wild and Scenic Rivers
13: Re-evaluations 13: Floodplains (webinar)
14: Transit Project Delivery (CBT) 14: Coastal Zone Consistency (WBT)
15:Project File and Records Management ( CBT) 15:Coastal Barrier Resources
   16: Protected Species and Habitat (webinar) (CBT)
 Acronyms List 17: Essential Fish Habitat (webinars) (CBT)
   18: Highway Traffic Noise 
 Entire January 2019 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)
 Supporting Resources  For Archived PD&E Manual chapters, click below:
 Overall Approval Process   PD&E Manual (2016)
 Type 2 CE Approval Process   PD&E Manual (2017)
 Preparing for USEPA eNEPA Submittals   
 Processing Limitation on Claims Notices  2019 - Application for Federal Assistance 
 OEM PDC and Engineering Leads  OEM Bulletins and Memorandums
CBT = Web Based training that cover the topic and tests are provided the learner reviewing 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.