The La Crosse Area Planning Committee (LAPC) Public Participation Plan (PPP) is a policy document outlining the LAPC’s public input opportunities and process. It is updated at least every five years so as to incorporate new federal requirements, if applicable, and to adjust policies as needed based on changes in technologies and internal review of existing policies and their effectiveness.
The PPP has been updated to incorporate new federal regulations and requirements, additional criteria for TIP amendments, and more inclusive methods for informing and reaching out to the public. It was approved by the LAPC Policy Board on September 21, 2022.
Beginning with the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) are required to “develop and utilize a proactive public involvement process that provides complete information, timely public notice, full public access to key decisions, and supports early and continuing involvement of the public in developing metropolitan transportation plans and transportation improvement programs.” Subsequent transportation acts have expanded on the provisions to require extensive stakeholder participation above and beyond public involvement. The public participation plan provision expressed in the current Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act signed into law in 2015 requires MPOs to develop a participation plan in consultation with all interested parties and describe explicit procedures, strategies, and desired outcomes for:
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