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Performance Audit of the Transportation Corridor Protection Program Administered by the Department of Transportation , Report No. 12182, November 1993

  • Recent Florida and U.S. Supreme Court decisions have limited DOT's development and implementation of corridor protection measures.
  • The Department considers informal protection efforts to be the only viable methods available to the Department to protect designated transportation corridors, such as encouraging local governments to include Department-designated transportation corridors in the local government's comprehensive plans and voluntary use of land use regulations by local governments. However, not all local governments are including Department-designated transportation corridors in their local comprehensive plans. Of the 26 local comprehensive plans in our sample, only 8 included Department-designated corridors. In addition, not all of the local governments were using available means to protect corridors. Of the 13 corridors in our sample that needed some level of protection from business development, 9 corridors were not protected by any land use regulations by the local government. According to interviews with local government transportation officials, the reasons local governments gave for not protecting the corridors ranged from a lack of any knowledge about which corridors DOT had designated, to constraints placed on corridor protection efforts by the courts in the previously mentioned decisions.

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