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Palmetto Trails Network | PD&E Study
Manatee County, Florida

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What is a PD&E Study?
A Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study is an environmental and engineering process developed by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to determine social, economic, natural, and physical environmental effects associated with a proposed transportation improvement project. The process follows procedures set forth in the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and federal and state laws and regulations. It requires the combined efforts of professional engineers, planners, and scientists who collect and analyze project-related information to develop the best solution for transportation needs. An important component of the process is public and agency coordination. The basic activities of a PD&E study include:

Data Collection
The first major work effort is the collection of all available data pertaining to the study corridor including existing community characteristics, existing and future land uses, drainage patterns, locations of wetlands and habitat for threatened or endangered species, potential contamination sites, areas of historic and cultural significance and population demographics.

Alternatives Development and Analysis
Once the data collection is complete and the needs of the corridor have been determined, various improvement alternatives will be developed. For a trail project, these alternatives include the alignments, street crossings, trail heads and trail amenities. The environmental impacts, social impacts and costs of these alternatives will be quantified and summarized in a comparative matrix.

Charrettes (small group meetings) are expected to take place in winter 2020, with a Public Hearing anticipated in the spring of 2022. Please check the Schedule page for updates.

Final Acceptance
FDOT District One will submit the study to the Office of Environmental Management (OEM) for Location and Design Concept Acceptance after the study team receives and evaluates comments from the public hearing. The PD&E study phase of the project is completed once the project is accepted by OEM. The phases that follow the PD&E study are design of the project, acquisition of right-of-way (if necessary) and construction of proposed improvements.

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