Growth Induced Land Development Caused by Highway and Other Projects as an Indirect Effect Under NEPA

12 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2014

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Daniel R. Mandelker

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law

Date Written: October 22, 2013

Abstract

Growth-induced land development caused by highway and other projects must be considered as a significant indirect effect under NEPA. For this review, lawyers must look to the regulations adopted by CEQ specifying the causation and foreseeability tests for indirect effects. Several reports discuss procedures for deciding whether a highway could cause growth-induced land development, and recommend a prescreening process to make this decision. Case law also addresses when indirect effects must be considered. The cases pay limited attention to causation and foreseeability requirements, and agencies did not use a prescreening process in any of the decided cases. However, the criteria courts used to decide when growth-induced land development would occur are consistent with those suggested in the highway project reports.

Keywords: national environmental policy act, environment, highway, airport, growth

JEL Classification: K32

Suggested Citation

Mandelker, Daniel R., Growth Induced Land Development Caused by Highway and Other Projects as an Indirect Effect Under NEPA (October 22, 2013). Environmental Law Reporter, No. 43, 2013; Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-03-03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2411011

Daniel R. Mandelker (Contact Author)

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law ( email )

Campus Box 1120
St. Louis, MO 63130
United States

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