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Participation in Environmental Review: The Outcomes of Expanded Public Involvement in Minnesota's Alternative Urban Areawide Review Process.

Schively, Carissa.

The review of environmental impacts in development and planning processes can be a highly political undertaking. The public's response to proposed development can run the gamut from support for the project to skepticism about environmental impact information, distrust of the local government and developers, and vocal opposition. Effective public engagement is essential to conducting effective environmental review that taps into local knowledge of the environment and produces responsive mitigation measures. This article reports on one community's pursuit of an alternative approach to public involvement in environmental review: the I-35E Corridor Alternative Urban Areawide Review (AUAR) completed by the City of Lino Lakes in the summer of 2005. The AUAR is an innovative approach to environmental review allowed under Minnesota's Environmental Policy Act as an alternative to a more traditional site- or project-specific environmental impact analysis. The results of the study point to positive outcomes associated with increased public participation in AUAR processes. Although consensus was not achieved, most of the participants believed that the process addressed their concerns and they developed more positive views of the environmental review process, advisory panel process, and other participants. These findings suggest that there is significant value in stakeholder engagement in terms of building confidence in the effectiveness of environmental review in identifying and mitigating development impacts. Findings also suggest the need to engage a broad range of stakeholders, the importance of addressing both the positive and negative impacts of development, and the value of identifying stakeholder concerns at the beginning of the participation process and tailoring the provision of information accordingly.

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Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Supported through a New Initiative grant from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota.
36 (2): 9-12
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