Visual impacts

Environmental Guidebook - Tools and guidance to assist in the environmental documentation of the aesthetic and visual impact of a proposed project.

Legal requirements


Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Summary of environmental legislation affecting transportation

Highway beautification legislative reference


Scenic byways program (ISTEA)

Transportation enhancements activities (ISTEA)

FDM references


See Forms and tools page for factor sheets and guidance



How does aesthetics differ from landscaping?

Aesthetics are considered during a project's development for both the view of the facility and the view from the facility. Aesthetics fits the project into the landscape rather than landscaping after the construction is complete. Landscaping a project is only an element of aesthetics.