Public Participation Plan (PPP)

Public Participation Plan - Background

Public Participation Plan - Development
In an effort to reach out to the people of Butte County, and in response to the passage of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21), BCAG has developed an updated 2016 Public Participation Plan (PPP). This plan serves to formalize and follow public outreach strategies involving the populace in transportation planning decisions. BCAG is providing and implementing this PPP to reflect its current and future public involvement in response to federal and state guidelines and requirements.
The Safe, Accountable, Flexible and Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) was subsequently succeeded by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (Map 21) by Congress in 2012. While the current transportation legislation is the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, there are not any significant changes to the PPP.  MAP 21 continued the strong federal emphasis on public participation, requiring that the public participation plans of metropolitan planning processes “be developed in consultation with all interested parties and provide that all interested parties have reasonable opportunities to comment on the contents of the transportation plan”. The PPP is intended to provide and document the direction for public involvement activities to be conducted by BCAG.

Objectives of the Public Participation Plan:
  • Raise level of understanding of the transportation planning process in Butte County and identify how interested citizens can participate.
  • Maximize opportunity for public involvement in the transportation process.
  • Maintain contact with interested citizens and key stakeholders throughout the process of developing plans and projects.
The public is encouraged to inform BCAG staff about what would be helpful in addressing the objectives of the Public Participation Plan.

In addition, BCAG has developed a new, "Policy for Government-to-Government Consultation with Federally Recognized Native American Tribal Governments" document.  The United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Order 5301.1 ensures that programs, policies, and procedures administered by the U.S. DOT are responsive to the needs and concerns of Native American Tribal Governments. This Order provides a very thorough overview of the various federal regulations and Executive Orders on this subject. This Order is available at: http://environment.fhwa.dot.gov/guidebook/vol2/5301.1.pdf

US Code Title 23 Sec 135 (e and f) generally state that Tribal government concerns should be considered in developing planning documents. Specifically, the applicable provisions concerning the documented process from the U.S.DOT joint FHWA/FTA planning regulations at 23 CFR 450.316 state:

  •  (c) When the MPO includes Indian Tribal lands, the MPO shall appropriately involve the Indian Tribal government(s) in the development of the metropolitan transportation plan and the TIP.
  •  (e) MPOs shall, to the extent practicable, develop a documented process(es) that outlines roles, responsibilities, and key decision points for consulting with Indian Tribal governments and agencies, ...which may be included in the agreement(s) developed under §450.314.

The reference to the metropolitan transportation plan would be BCAG’s long-range Regional Transportation Plan / Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS).  The reference to the “TIP” would be BCAG’s short-range programming document known as the Butte County Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP).

2016 PPP & Policy for Government-to-Government Consultation with Federally Recognized Native American Tribal Governments

(June 10, 2016) -  BCAG has prepared an update to its PPP.  Minor changes to the document including references to outdated legislation have been made. In addition changes to the noticing requirement have been made to allow for flexibility on how outreached is done.  This change was done as a result of increase of the internet, social media and online subscriptions for notification and less attention to published legal notices in the local newspapers which costs approximately $200 -  $800 depending on notice. 
In addition, BCAG has prepared a stand-alone policy for government-to-government consultation with federally recognized Native American Tribal Governments in Butte County.  A public workshop to discuss the changes to the PPP and the preparation has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at the BCAG Conference Room located at 326 Huss Drive, Suite 150, Chico CA.  These documents have been distributed to each of the local Butte County Public Libraries as well. 
Please direct comments and questions to Mr. Ivan Garcia, BCAG Programming Manager at 530-809-4616 or by email at igarcia@bcag.org .

Older Public Participation Plan (through August 2016)

February 27, 2014
PPP Language Amendment: Revise Policy 1.2 to read, “BCAG shall notice the public comment period for Plan and Program amendments in at least one local newspaper in the area where the project is generally located, as appropriate.”

Public Notice    
August 26, 2010     
Public Participation Plan (Document) - Amendment #03
Amendment incorporates new language per comments from the Federal Transit Administration regarding the "Program of Projects" public participation process is included in the development and or amendment of the FTIP. 
Public Notice    

April 22, 2010

Public Participation Plan (Document) - Amendment #02
Amendment incorporates new state requirements for public participation associated with the development of BCAG's Regional Transportation Plan - Sustainable Communities Strategy or Alternative Planning Strategy, if one is needed.
Public Notice

February 1, 2009    
Public Participation Plan (Document) - Amendment #01
Amendment updates the comment review period for certain amendment categories for the RTP and FTIP.
Public Notice      
January 24, 2008
Public Participation Plan (Document)
Appendix A ~ Complete Version (contains all documents listed below)

PPP Outreach & Public Involvement

APPENDIX  A ~ Individual Components 

January 24, 2008 BCAG Board Memo
January 24, 2008 Adopting Resolution
December 5, 2007 - Public Notice 2 - Extending comment period through January 24th BCAG Board Meeting.
November 1, 2007 - E -Memorandum Notification - Email informing availability for review  
Novemember 2, 2007 - Public Notice - Informing of official 45 day comment period, published in local newspaper and on B-Line Transit Fleet.

Public Workshop Announcement in Local Newspaper
RTP / PPP Station Presentation   Station Posters of Presentation Given
RTP/PPP Brochure
PPP Station Summary   Station Poster of Presentation given  
Letter to SSTAC & CTWG   (Social Services Transportation Advisory Council & Coordinated Transportation Working Group)
Letter to Local Tribes
Interest Survey
Correspondence to FTIP Managers, TAC and Neighboring Regions
Social Services Transportation Advisory Council & Coordinated Transportation Working Group Agenda
Letter to Freight Shippers & Goods Movement Agencies
PPP Agency Distribution List

Contact Us

If you have comments, questions or would like to participate in the development of BCAG's Public Participation Plan, please contact Ivan Garcia, Programming Manager at (530) 809-4616 or via e-mail at igarcia@bcag.org.

If you would like to receive updates and/or notifications, please send an e-mail to igarcia@bcag.org and be sure to include your:
  •   Name
  •   Mailing or E-mail Address
  •   Daytime Phone Number