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Public Participation Plan (PPP)

The MPO is seeking public comment for a proposed amendment to its Public Participation Plan (PPP). See below for more information.

The Public Participation Plan (PPP) provides a framework to the public involvement process regarding MPO planning related activities.  The plan identifies federal, state and MPO requirements; PPP goals, objectives and policies; planning activities which require public involvement and the process(es) involved when providing the public with full access to and notice of planning activities. The PPP incorporates the following guiding principles into the development of any required transportation plan or program:

  • Early and continuous public involvement opportunities throughout the planning and programming process;
  • Timely information to citizens, affected public agencies, representatives of transportation agencies, private sector transportation entities and other interested parties including segments of the community affected by transportation plans, programs, and projects;
  • Adequate public notice of public involvement activities and ample time for public review and comment at key decision points;
  • Consideration of the needs of the traditionally underserved, including low‐income and minority citizens;
  • Periodic review of public involvement efforts by the MPO to ensure full and open access to all;
  • Review of public involvement procedures by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) when necessary;
  • Coordination of MPO public involvement processes with statewide efforts whenever possible;
  • Reasonable public access to information; and
  • Consideration and reasonable response to public comments received.
  • The Public Participation Plan was adopted by the MPO Board on February 8, 2019.

MPO Proposing Amendment to PPP to address the following items:

  • Clarify the notification requirements for the Transit and Transportation Disadvantaged Service Plan (TDSP)
  • Respond to FHWA’s guidance provided at the Florida Metropolitan Planning Partnership (FMPP) Conference held in
    December 2019 indicating that FHWA is reviewing current MPO PPP’s for specific language regarding:

    • Requirement to coordinate with federal land management agencies on the development of the
      Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
    • Actual text of State and Federal Statutes
    • Florida Sunshine Law notification requirements

The amendment may be downloaded here PPP Amendment; all changes are shown in traditional strike-through underline.

Public Comments may be made from February 10, 2020 through March 26, 2020. You may comment by email or by calling  Anne McLaughlin at (239) 252-5884.

The MPO Board will take action on the amendment after the public comment period has concluded. Click calendar to keep abreast of upcoming committee and Board meetings.