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Review Questions

Introduction, Modules 1 & 2  |  Modules 3 & 4  |  Modules 5 & 6

Answers for the review questions from Modules 3 & 4.

Module 3

Question 1
True or False When determining your SCEA time frame, the availability of data is the only factor that should be considered?

False The availability of data is an important factor when establishing your SCEA time frame, but this must be considered in conjunction with other factors such as historical events in context to the project area.

Question 2
Which of the following is not appropriate in establishing a SCEA time frame?
A. Input from local planners

B. The design year of a project

C. Availability of data

D. Year in which this projects NEPA documentation is completed

E. Major events in the general project area

F. Significant land use or population changes

D The year in which a projects NEPA documentation is to be completed is not a factor in determining a SCEA time frame.

Question 3
True or False It is recommended that information about changes in land use or population that substantiate the selection of a major event in establishing a SCEA time frame be included as part of the SCEA documentation?

True Any additional information regarding significant population or land use changes that can help substantiate the impact of a major event is helpful in understanding why a SCEA time frame was established.

Question 4
True or False You should never consider available resource trends data for your SCEA that precedes the past year time frame?

False If available trends data preceding the established past timeframe is helpful in conducting the analysis of resources or supporting conclusions, this data should be considered in the SCEA .

Question 5
True or False The future year time frame is always set as the year 2020?

False The design year of the project is used as the future year timeframe.

Module 4

Question 1
True or False When developing your future land use scenario, development planned 4 years from the current year should be included?

False Development planned 4 years from the current year is considered "near future", and is therefore in your present time frame.

Question 2
True or False Land use scenarios for the present time period must always be developed, but scenarios for the past and future are developed on a project by project basis?

False Development and ideally mapping for all three time periods (past, present and future) should be developed. This will help conduct analysis for the SCEA resources and also help validate any conclusions drawn from your analysis.

Question 3
True or False Expert land use panels are expected to be created to support the development of land use for all SCEAs?

False Expert land use panels are useful for resolving some situations where there is more than one land use scenario for a given alternative, however, these panels are not required. Because the local governments are primarily responsible for the development of land use, it is likely that a consensus on a future land use scenario will occur prior to the need of creating an expert land use panel.

Question 4
True or False When developing your land use, it is possible that each alternative may result in its own land use scenario?

True It is possible for multiple alternatives to have different land use scenarios. This is likely when the alignments for these alternatives are significantly varied in design or location. When multiple alternatives are being retained, be sure to use output from existing travel demand models and also consult with local planners to determine how each alternative could impact future land use.

Question 5
True or False 500 residential units is the minimum threshold when establishing a future land use scenario for all SCEA s in the State of Maryland?

False When establishing the future land use scenario there is not a minimum threshold number of residential or other development units that must be considered for all SCEAs. Each SCEA is unique and should proceed on a project by project basis.

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