ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS IN THREE INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING AGENCIES: AN OVERVIEW OF RESEARCH FINDINGS

This research tests a priori hypotheses concerning relationships between the influence of environmental information on planning outcomes and aspects of planning that are grouped in each of the following categories: organizational design, coordination with other agencies and the public, timing of environmental studies and coordination, and the attitudes of planners. These hypotheses are tested using data from interviews with 118 planners and environmental specialists who played key roles in 68 water resources and highway planning investigations. The hypotheses receiving the strongest support indicate that environmental information exerts a relatively strong influence on planning outcomes in studies where there is early and extensive coordination with other agencies and the public, and where environmental specialists function as active planners who communicate frequently and informally with engineering planners and who have duties including a broad range of activities rather than just activities that concern environmental impact assessment.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Stanford University

    Program in Infrastructure Planning and Management
    Stanford, CA  United States  94305

    National Science Foundation

    1800 G Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20550
  • Authors:
    • Ortolano, L
    • Brendecke, C M
    • Price, J E
    • Meersman, J J
  • Publication Date: 1978-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 102 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00192142
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: IPM-6, NSF/PRA-7522340/1
  • Contract Numbers: NSF-PRA75-22340
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 11 1979 12:00AM