Transportation planning is a complex process of project development, research, and decision making over long timelines. Plans at different geographic scales and areas are developed by various agencies at different times and are routinely integrated to guide system decisions at the regional and state levels. The Central Lane MPO seeks to balance this complexity by ensuring broad public participation during the development, review, and refinement of regional transportation programs.
Public involvement incorporates public concerns, needs, and values into governmental decision making. It is two-way communication, with the overall goal of making better decisions that have public support. Public involvement goes beyond just informing the public through one-way communication, although that is an essential component. Public involvement also includes two-way communication that solicits the public’s ideas, issues, and concerns.
MPO Guidance on Public Participation
Public Participation Plan
Federal legislation requires the Central Lane MPO to develop and implement a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive transportation planning process, established in consultation with all interested parties. The Public Participation Plan provides reasonable opportunities for all interested parties to comment on all aspects of the MPO transportation planning process.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other federal nondiscrimination statutes prohibit discrimination based on race, color, national origin, disability, age, gender, or income status in the provisions of benefits and services of programs and activities receiving federal funding. The Central Lane MPO has prepared a nondiscrimination policy and procedures, also referred to as the Title VI Plan, which addresses how the MPO is integrating nondiscriminatory practices in its transportation planning, public participation, and decision making.
How You Can Get Involved
There are many opportunities to get involved, by sharing your ideas, providing comment, and participating in the public process:
- Receive email and/or mailing updates about meetings and public comment periods
- Review current projects and provide regional decision-makers your input
- Comment informally at public meetings
- Testify at public hearings
- Submit comments in writing through mail, email, or fax
- Participate in planning workshops and open houses
For more information on these opportunities, please visit Get Involved.