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Public Participation Plan

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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 current PPP underwent a minor update in 2019 and is scheduled for a major update in 2022. The 2022 update process will include an inclusive public engagement process whose results will inform the policy direction of the Plan.

Why We Need a Public Participation Plan - Federal Requirement

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:

  • Providing adequate public notice;
  • Providing timely notice and reasonable access to information;
  • Employing visualization techniques to describe plans and programs;
  • Making public information available in electronically accessible formats;
  • Holding public meetings at convenient and accessible locations and times;
  • Demonstrating explicit consideration and response to public input;
  • Seeking out and considering the needs of those traditionally underserved by existing transportation systems;
  • Providing an additional opportunity for public comment if the final metropolitan transportation plan (MTP) or transportation improvement program (TIP) differs significantly from the version made available for public comment;
  • Coordinating with statewide processes; and,
  • Reviewing the effectiveness of the participation plan.