Developing the Feasibility Report
From the initial draft Report Summary (see Planning Guidance Notebook Appendix H, Exhibit H-11) resulting from the Scoping Charette to the final Report, the key to developing a quality concise report is to develop the report from the beginning of the study process.
Every product developed for Milestone Meetings should tell the story of the problem and the process to develop a project to address that problem. Those products will either be a part of the feasibility study report itself or will serve as important documentation of the process and decisions that support the story being told in the report (e.g., the risk register and the decision log).
The PDT will develop of the Feasibility Report in iterations, with the draft report growing over time and confirmed at each milestone.
- Scoping Charette – first draft of Report Summary based on available data and planning expertise. The Report Summary document is intended to follow the study through all levels of the planning process. Studies early in development will not have enough information to complete each section. Enter the appropriate data as it is developed.
- Alternatives Milestone Meeting – updated Report Summary reflecting information developed from a second iteration of the six-step planning process.
- TSP Milestone Meeting – updated Report Summarys tells the story of the Problem, the alternatives considered, the without project conditions, and the rationale for the tentatively selected plan.
- Agency Decision Milestone Meeting – updated Report Summary reflects the results of public, technical, and policy review.
- Final Report Transmittal Package – updated Report Summary reflects the final recommendation, including cost and benefit analyses
Documentation required by NEPA will be identified at the beginning of the study and incorporated in the development of the feasibility study report from the Scoping meeting forward. The documentation will follow the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)’s guidance on improving efficiencies and timeliness of environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act.