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A final linkage can be made when resource conservation and management agencies establish and prioritize opportunities. Their efforts can be linked to transportation agencies when they are adopting a plan and developing potential mitigation strategies (see Exhibit F).
During development and adoption of the long-range transportation plan, mitigation opportunities at both the state and local level can be established and prioritized.
This action would:
Data for this linkage includes:
Documentation that supports this step is the adopted long-range transportation plan with recommendations and mitigation strategies included along with any Memorandum of Understanding or Memorandum of Agreement that is reached. Agreed mitigation strategies should be documented and reflected in interagency MOUs/MOAs, local ordinances, and/or guidance documents. Formal agreements between resource agencies and the MPO or state DOT help ensure mutual support for identified strategies and increase the effectiveness and reliability of solutions negotiated at this stage, as more project-specific detail emerges in project development.
Resource conservation and management agencies, state DOTs, and sometimes MPOs negotiate appropriate strategies and priorities, in response to planning level analysis of environmental effects.