Public Participation Policy 

P3 Final Draft 10202020The Winston-Salem Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization has a strong commitment to public participation for all transportation plans and air quality conformity analysis reports. The Public Participation Plan is designed to be consistent with the federal and state requirements including, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) of 1990 and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The policy was updated and adopted by the Transportation Advisory Committee of the MPO on January 21, 2021.

The Public Participation Plan has been updated to a more user friendly format and outline. Situations that have arisen due to the COVID-19 pandemic have been taken into account and provisions for virtual public interaction have been included in the document. The update includes the insertion of the latest Federal Act regarding transportation, a social media policy, and an updated contact list in the Appendix.

Goals

The Public Participation Policy has the following goals:

  1. Bring a broad cross-section of the public into the public policy and transportation planning decision-making process.
  2. Make special efforts to increase the opportunities for involvement by groups of citizens who do not generally participate in community affairs, particularly low-income and minority populations.
  3. Provide citizens with opportunities to participate in developing plans and programs for their communities.
  4. Make information on government activities widely available to the public.
  5. Maximize the use of communications technology to facilitate the exchange of information between public officials and citizens, including use of the MPO website and other electronically accessible formats (CDs, email, etc.).
  6. Ensure that technical information is available in an understandable form and that all segments of citizens are afforded access to this information.

2021 P3 Update Plan
2014 Pubic Participation Plan

For more information, please contact Byron Brown, Principal Planner, byronb@cityofws.org / 336-747-6871