Thank you to the NEPA professionals who participated in the Sources of Frustration & Delay in the NEPA Process survey that came out of the Re:NEPA “50% faster” discussion. As of today, 98 NEPA professionals have completed the survey. Below is an overview of the survey results.
I'm not familiar with this survey
If you're familiar with the survey, skip this section. If you're not familiar with the survey, here's some background information.
The Sources of Frustration & Delay in the NEPA Process survey came out of the Re:NEPA “50% faster” discussion. The purpose of the survey is to identify issues that consistently result in frustration and delay in the NEPA process. All of the issues included in this survey are from comments made in the Re:NEPA discussion . The desired outcome of the survey is to identify 2 or 3 big issues that are driving everyone crazy. Ideally, the Re:NEPA community can then brainstorm ways to address these big issues.
To view the issues included in the survey or to complete the survey, go here: http://cubit.wufoo.com/forms/sources-of-frustration-delay-in-the-nepa-process/
Overview Survey Results
Survey Respondents Have Worked In:
|Both Private and Government||23||23%|
Sources of Frustration & Delay that Impact a Large Number of Projects
Sources of Frustration & Delay that Stop Projects or Cause Major Delays
If you are interested in more detailed results of this survey, email me, and I'll send you a pdf with a breakdown of the issues and survey responses.
What’s Next for this Project
I heard from several people that this data should be publicized in an article. I personally don’t want to write or read a negative article with only a list of issues that are “broken” in the NEPA process. I think the next step for this project should be to publicize the above 8 issues (well, technically, 7 because 1 issue is repeated on both lists) and get ideas from the NEPA community on how to address these issues. If we get good ideas for addressing the issues, then I will write an article about the survey data along with the ideas for potential solutions.
If you have any other ideas for potential or partial solutions that specifically address the 8 issues above and your ideas should be included in an article, send your suggestions to me privately via email or DM on Twitter (@cubitplanning), or provide your suggestions publicly below.