WHAT IS “COORDINATION” IN FEDERAL LAW?
“COORDINATION” REQUIRES FEDERAL AGENCIES TO REACH CONSISTENCY WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS’ PLANS, POLICIES AND ACTIONS
- The process of Coordination requires that all levels of government must “coordinate” with the lowest levels (local levels) of government prior to enforcing policies, plans, actions, and regulations to ensure that there will be no negative economic impact on the local community as a result of enforcement.
- It is the federal law of the land that federal regulatory agencies must coordinate their policies, plans, actions, and regulations with local governments. The law requires them to work on an equal footing with the local government for purposes of resolving conflicts in policy or action in order to benefit the “human environment” which is identified as being the primary concern of the national government. The “human environment” is defined as including economic, historic, cultural, social, health, and ecologic interests of man.