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:
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.
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: https://www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov/env_topics/tribal/tribal_consultation_guidelines.aspx
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).
2019 PPP UPDATE
With the development of the new 2020 long range Regional Transportation Plan / Sustainable Communities Strategy, BCAG is revisiting its Public Participation Plan (PPP) to ensure the document is current and complies to state and federal requirements. Minor updates are proposed to document Title VI efforts. Prior to approval, BCAG staff is hosting a workshop to solicit input on this update.
A workshop has been scheduled at Chapman Elementary School in an attempt to engage those individuals who may not normally participate in the planning process. The new 2019 PPP is scheduled to be approved by the BCAG Board of Directors at their April 25, 2019 Board meeting. A public notice was placed in the local newspaper of general circulation as well as displays on the Butte Regional Transit Fleet.
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.”
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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