Public Participation Plan ad-hoc Committee

Interested in getting involved? Contact Rachel Ruhlen by email or (540) 343-4417.

The Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization (RVTPO) is updating our Public Participation Plan, which outlines the process for public engagement and awareness for long and short term transportation plans. We have assembled an ad-hoc committee for development of a new Public Participation Plan with representatives from business and industry, economic development, non-profits, housing, public service, etc. The committee will meet 1-2 times/ month for about 6 months. While we are continuing to add people to the committee, we have begun meeting already because we do have a deadline.

RVTPO is mandated by federal regulations to have a Public Participation Plan. Beyond mandates, there are compelling ethical and logical reasons to involve the public when planning public infrastructure for transportation. The Public Participation Plan guides the RVTPO in its efforts to seek public input on the Long Range Transportation Plan and the Transportation Improvement Plan. The current plan is 10 years old.

Review other communities’ Public Participation Plans here. Compare the plans’ Purposes.
Review the TMA Certification Report, recommendation regarding developing a new Public Participation Plan on page 16.

The committee has drafted the Purpose and Objectives.

This document describes how the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization (RVTPO) obtains public participation. The purpose of public participation is to support transportation planning and promote the integrity and transparency of the transportation planning process.

We want our public participation to be:

Meaningful to the public. People should feel that their comments matter. Public input into a transportation plan should be timely, happening early enough to influence the outcome, and continue as the plan develops. The RVTPO is accountable to the public for their input: a comment may or may not directly change a plan, but RVTPO decisions will reflect the diversity of viewpoints.

High quality. When people understand that transportation planning is complex, regional, and long-term, they can give input that is relevant, thoughtful, and practical. The RVTPO educates and explains transportation planning. Clarity of purpose and clarity of expectation improve the quality of public input.

Variety of input. The RVTPO seeks a breadth of representation in public input that is from different points of view, different needs, and different backgrounds.

High quantity. The more people engaged, the better the RVTPO works. The RVTPO will make it easy to participate, provide different ways to participate, and continue to try out new ways to participate.

Calendar of meetings
Committee members
Minutes from August 17, 2017 meeting
Agenda for August 17, 2017 meeting
Minutes from July 17, 2017 meeting
Agenda for July 17, 2017 meeting
Minutes from June 19, 2017 meeting
Agenda for June 19, 2017 meeting
Minutes from June 5, 2017 meeting
Agenda for June 5, 2017 meeting
Minutes from May 8, 2017 meeting (a good overview!)

Public Participation Plan Ad-hoc Committee meeting dates
Monday, September 25, 2017, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Monday, October 23, 2017, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Monday, January 22, 2018, 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Other relevant dates
June 26 – July 10, 2017, Broad public input on Vision & Goals
Thursday, June 29, 2017, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Regional Commission Open House
Thursday, August 10, 2017, 1:30 pm, Transportation Technical Committee input on Vision & Goals
Thursday, September 14, 2017, 1:30 pm, Transportation Technical Committee input on Objectives
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 1:30 pm, Transportation Technical Committee review Plan
Thursday, December 7, 2017, 1:00 pm, TPO Policy Board approve Draft 2 for Public Input
December 11, 2017 – January 25, 2018, 45-Day Public Comment Period
Thursday, February 8, 2018, 1:30 pm, Transportation Technical Committee review Plan
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 1:00 pm, TPO Policy Board approve Public Participation Plan