Saturday, December 5, 2009

Environmental Review For Connected Projects - Connected Actions

Certain types of projects are regulated as "connected actions" for purposes of defining a project for environmental review. Three types of relationships between projects often qualify as connected actions:

  • One induces the other;
  • One is a prerequisite for the other and is not justified by itself (the first occurring previously or simultaneously); or
  • Neither is justified by itself; that is, the two projects are interdependent parts of a larger whole.
Whenever two or more projects are related in any of these ways, they may have to be considered as one project, regardless of ownership or timing.

It is not common for projects to be “connected actions.” Common examples of connected actions include multi-site animal feedlots or when a major development project triggers construction of public infrastructure, such as a road or sewer that would not otherwise be needed.

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