Federal Role in Waterfront Development

by Robert K. Dawson, US Army, Washington, DC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterfront Planning and Development


The Federal Government has broad authority and responsibility for waterfront development in the coastal zone and inland waterways. The paper focuses on the Army Corps of Engineers' areas of responsibility. The Corps has a major role through navigation and flood control projects as well as its regulatory program. However, various Federal statutes affecting waterfront development apply to other Federal agencies as well. Section 307 (c) of the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) of 1972, as amended (16 u. s. c. 1456 (c)), requires Federal agencies conducting activities, including development projects, directly affecting a State's coastal zone, to comply to the maximum extent practicable, with an approved State coastal zone management program. The Act also requires any non-Federal applicant for a Federal license or permit to conduct an activity affecting land or water uses in the State's coastal zone to furnish a certification that the proposed activity will comply with the State's coastal zone management program.

Subject Headings: Federal government | Licensure and certification | Project management | Sea water | Coastal management | Inland waterways | Estuaries | Navigation (waterway) | United States

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