Environmental Coordination | Baltimore Metropolitan Council

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Environmental Coordination

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB), as the MPO for the Baltimore region, is required to consult, as appropriate, with State and local agencies responsible for land use management, natural resources, environmental protection, conservation, and historic preservation concerning the development of the long-range transportation plan.

To meet these requirements during the development of the region’s long range transportation plan, the BRTB consults with natural and historic resource agencies and other partners. The purpose of this consultation is to:

  • Determine potential mitigation areas and types; and
  • Identify further opportunities to link transportation planning and the NEPA process.

Interactive mapping is used as one of the tools for environmental coordination in long range transportation planning. Typically during the environmental coordination process for the plan, BMC staff shares maps with coordination partners which show various natural and historic resource data overlaid with projects submitted for inclusion in the plan. This interactive mapping tool is also used to share information with projects sponsors regarding resources that are in close proximity to projects they are considering.

Recent Resilience Planning Activities:

In October 2021, the Climate Change Resource Guide was completed to provide a resource to local jurisdictions on adaptation options to consider as they plan, design, operate, and maintain their local infrastructure. The Guide includes an overview of projected changes to the climate, documentation of how the changing climate has already impacted them, adaptation options, and a Toolkit that makes the content of each chapter actionable for users. The project also included a summary presentation that can be used by any agency to inform them about the Guide.