HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The Hays County Commissioners Court unanimously approved a resolution supporting TxDOT’s application to take more environmental responsibilities from the federal government for state and local transportation projects.
Congress has already given TxDOT permission to manage certain categories of environmental review, but if its application is approved, they would now be allowed to assume the Federal Highways Administration’s responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act. This means TxDOT would manage environmental review, resource agency consultation and other environmental regulatory procedures for road projects on the state highway system.
Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley said in a statement released by the Hays County Commissioners Court on Wednesday he believes TxDOT will be able to review environmental laws and regulations for state and local road projects faster than the federal government can. He added this will result in “significant cost savings.”