Office of Operations Freight Management and Operations

FHWA Freight and Land Use Handbook



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2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient’s Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

Freight and Land Use Handbook

5. Report Date

April 2012

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)

Sophie Hartshorn, Christopher Lamm

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
100 CambridgePark Drive, Suite 400
Cambridge, MA 02140

10. Work Unit No.

11. Contract or Grant No.

DTFH61-06-D-00004 CA04-045

12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
Office of Freight Management and Operations
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Final Report
August 2009-April 2012

14. Sponsoring Agency Code

15. Supplementary Notes

FHWA COTR: Ed Strocko, Office of Freight Management and Operations

16. Abstract

The goal of this Freight and Land Use Handbook is to provide transportation and land use planning practitioners in the public and private sectors with the tools and resources to properly assess the impacts of land use decisions on freight movements, as well as the impacts of freight development and growth on land use planning goals. The handbook identifies freight-related land use issues, key considerations, and available resources. Throughout the handbook, examples and case studies from a range of urban and rural areas across the country are used to demonstrate the effectiveness of these techniques.

17. Key Words

Freight, Land Use, Planning, Interagency Coordination, Stakeholder Involvement, Community Impacts, Impact Mitigation Strategies, Context-Sensitive Solutions, Zoning

18. Distribution Statement

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22. Price


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