The CRTPO seeks resident participation throughout the transportation planning process. The purpose of public involvement may be based on an update to a plan or it could be focused on the elements of a proposed transportation project. For more information about CRTPO’s public involvement practices, view the Public Involvement Plan (Adopted 2005).
There are several ways residents may get involved to provide feedback during the CRTPO’s planning processes.
MPO Meeting Public Comment
Residents may provide comments during monthly MPO meetings. Residents who wish to speak can sign up before the start of the meeting, or contact the CRTPO Secretary (email@example.com) prior to the meeting. During the MPO meetings the public comment period is limited to 20 minutes, and an individual speaker’s time is limited to three (3) minutes. Organizations wishing to make presentations to the MPO must contact the Secretary at least 10 days prior to meeting.
Resident input during public comment periods
Residents may provide input regarding plan updates (TIP, MTP) by providing input via e-mail, regular mail, or submitting a written form during meetings. Increasingly, the CRTPO will attempt to use online interactive mapping to allow residents to provide input.
Presentations to Civic Groups
The CRTPO staff routinely conducts presentations on its core transportation planning processes and to provide information to residents regarding plan updates. Staff has given presentations to civic groups, city councils, planning boards, chambers of commerce, and homeowners associations regarding plans of interest to these groups. Interested groups may contact the CRTPO staff (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request a presentation.
Public Involvement Plan
The CRTPO recognizes the importance of conducting effective public engagement as a critical component of the continuing, cooperative and comprehensive (3-C) process upon which MPO activities were originally based. The PIP is being updated to include new and innovative public engagement techniques to increase the CRTPO’s ability to effectively engage audiences and successfully acquire input. The CRTPO is required to develop and use a documented participation plan providing for reasonable opportunities for residents to be involved in the metropolitan planning process.
The CRTPO has developed and implemented a plan to reach minority and low-income populations, who usually do not participate in the transportation planning process. This plan is referred to as the Title VI Plan. The CRTPO Title VI plan addresses Title VI and EJ populations. CRTPO has a separate plan entitled, Limited English Proficiency Plan, to describe methods to engage populations with the limited ability to read, write, speak or understand English.
Public Involvement Plan Amendments
In 2017, the CRTPO has undertaken an update of its Public Involvement Plan. The document has been revised to reflect changes within the organization, new state and federal legislation, and innovations in public engagement. The purpose of the revisions are to strengthen CRTPO’s ability to communicate, and solicit input from residents.
A 45-day public comment period was held on the update to the CRTPO’s Public Involvement Plan from August 17 until October 2, 2017. One public comment was received and can be viewed here. The CRTPO board adopted the updated PIP during the November 15, 2017 meeting.
Questions, Comments, or Concerns?
You may also contact CRTPO staff at email@example.com to express your opinions on the transportation planning process in Iredell, Mecklenburg and Union counties.