Read the Community Engagement Plan (PDF 2.1MB) to learn how to engage with partners, stakeholders, tribes and communities throughout project delivery.
If a pre-NEPA planning study was done, reference what was heard by the community. Use the community feedback in developing your project-specific engagement efforts and design.
Only do a Social & community effects analysis for Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Statement (EA/EIS) level projects.
Define the study area
Consider how the project could have impacts on social and community resources to create a study area for the Social & Community Effects Analysis, especially:
- Air Quality
- Visual Impacts
- Parks and Recreation
- Public Utilities
- Cultural Resources
- Hazardous Materials
Follow the Determining health disparities (PDF 163KB) procedure to inform your social and community analysis.
Contact the NEPA/SEPA Program, NEPA-SEPA@wsdot.wa.gov, for guidance on determining effects on community cohesion for projects with residential impacts.
Write the analysis directly to the EA or EIS or prepare a Discipline Report using the Social Effects Discipline Report Template (PDF 52KB).
To evaluate relocation impacts, use the process described in our Right of Way Manual. Projects requiring relocations can use the Relocation Discipline Report Checklist (PDF 44KB) for general guidance during their review.
Document the results from public involvement efforts and describe how the informed mitigation to community impacts. Document mitigation commitments in the EA or EIS and internal tracking mechanism, Commitment Tracking System.
Document specific project-related community commitments that result from the NEPA/SEPA decision making process.
Revisit analysis if major project modifications occur.
Projects encountering encampments
Work with your Region Environmental Office and the Office of Equal Opportunity to develop a strategy for engagement.