Community Impact Assessment (CIA) is a process to evaluate the effects of a transportation action on a community and its quality of life. The assessment process is an integral part of project planning and development that shapes the outcome of a project. The information it contains is used continuously to mold the project and provides documentation of the current and anticipated social environment of a geographic area with and without the action. In addition to addressing the requirements of 23 U.S.C. 109(h), the assessment should include all items of importance to people; such as—mobility, access, safety, employment effects, relocation, isolation, and other community issues of concern within the community.
The Community Impact Assessment (CIA) web site serves as an information clearinghouse for transportation officials, regional-development professionals, and the general public interested in evaluating the effects of transportation planning and project implementation on a community and its quality of life.
The inclusion of the CIA process in transportation planning allows for a community's concerns (such as, mobility, safety, employment effects, relocation, and isolation) to be addressed in the transportation decisionmaking process, reminding the public that projects must be on the financially constrained plan in be built.
This web site features resources and background information on the CIA process as well as related human-environment areas. These resources include relevant Federal leglislation, publications, conferences, workshops, and training courses as well as links to other related web sites.