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J.2: Determining if there are any controversial issues associated with your project

Your project could be controversial if anyone disagrees with the intention, appearance, effectiveness, timing, or location of the project. Projects that impact valued resources such as the quality of the environment, valued community areas, views of scenic areas or historic districts, may draw increased controversy. Projects that will financially burden or inconvenience nearby residents may also lead to controversy. The higher the anticipated public controversy, the more important it is to involve the public in the decision making process and document these efforts in your Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) application.

In general, controversy is greatest among the people who see or interact with the project site on a regular basis, such as the people who live or work nearby. Controversy can also be high with people who are directly affected by noise, travel delays, or reduced air quality. To find out if there may be controversy associated with your project, consult with local interest groups, housing associations, and local businesses early in your project design. If there are no organized associations in the project area, engage the public directly through notices or mailings or other media. Use existing forums or hold public meetings to get input and record the comment and general sentiment of the meeting.

There is a difference between sounding out the public to determine if there is public controversy and public notice and involvement requirements for Federal actions. Public notice and involvement is usually required by law or regulation, if your project is in, near, or affects a floodplain (Section E), wetland (Section D), or historic property (Section A and B).

Last Updated: 
06/14/2012 - 19:44
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