BCAG is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the state designated Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA) for Butte County. As such, BCAG is required to prepare several transportation planning and programming documents that are necessary for securing transportation funding for the region.
In addition to required planning responsibilities, BCAG also serves as a forum for the study of other transportation issues impacting the region. BCAG undertakes planning studies to resolve regional transportation issues as deemed necessary by the BCAG Board of Directors as part of our annual work program.
BCAG's planning responsibilities include preparation and administration of the following:
One of the most important components to BCAG's transportation planning is consultation and public participation during the development of transportation plans, programs and projects. An open and accessible consultation and public participation process is critical for discussing and resolving regional transportation issues. BCAG has developed specific procedures for consultation and public participation, BCAG Public Involvement Procedures, policies that are implemented on an ongoing basis.
BCAG maintains a continuous and cooperative consultation and public participation process that allows all levels of local government, Caltrans, the Federal Transit Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, the Air Resources Board, the Environmental Protection Agency, Tribal Governments, and the public the opportunity to review and comment on transportation planning activities being prepared by BCAG.
BCAG allows for public participation at all levels of the planning process. All BCAG Transportation Advisory Committee meetings and Board of Directors meetings are open to the public. BCAG also schedules public hearings during the development of the Regional Transportation Plan, Federal Transportation Improvement Program, Unmet Transit Needs process, and Air Quality Conformity process to allow for public review and comments. All public hearings are noticed thirty days in advance in the local media.
On behalf of its member jurisdictions, BCAG supports a website focused on the development of the Butte Regional Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan (HCP/NCCP) at www.buttehcp.com.
The website provides up-to-date information on the progress of the Plan development, upcoming meetings and milestones, documents for review, as well as general information on HCP/NCCPs.