Public involvement outreach is a key component of the River to Sea TPO 2040 LRTP. Citizens' comments and interactions throughout the Plan development are highly encouraged to ensure that the final adopted 2040 Cost Feasible Plan contains transportation improvements that meet not only local agency planned commitments but also address the transportation needs of the public at-large, while considering financial and other constraints.
A Public Involvement Plan (PIP) has been established as part of the LRTP. The primary purpose of the PIP is to encourage early and continuous participation by the public in the development of the 2040 LRTP and to aim to have the information obtained reflect the needs and values of the TPO's communities and residents.
Please click on the link below to view the approved Public Involvement Plan (PIP).
Public outreach efforts include a need to both educate and solicit input from various members of the public. Since these efforts target people with various levels of education, interest, background, goals and desires, socioeconomic status and available time, more than one strategy is being employed.
Make Your Mark in 2040 (f.k.a. Strings & Ribbons) is an interactive planning activity that reinforces the concepts of long range planning, limited financial resources, compromising and building consensus. At these meetings, participants are grouped together and tasked with selecting which projects they would choose to pursue based on available funding and other constraints. This non-traditional exercise is a great way to empower individuals to have a voice in the transportation planning process, and allows citizens to their offer ideas and opinions in a productive setting. No prior education or knowledge of transportation planning is required; every participant will have a chance to make meaningful contributions to the transportation decisions that affect their community!
Make your Mark in 2040 meetings are currently being scheduled and are expected to take place in January and February 2015. It is anticipated that eight (8) Make Your Mark in 2040 meetings will be held throughout the MPA, including areas/topics of East Volusia County, West Volusia County, Flagler County, colleges, non-profit organizations, and transportation disabilities. More information on these events will be coming soon, so please check the calendar for updates.
The River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization (R2CTPO) would like to hear from you!
The R2CTPO invites you to a public meeting for the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The 2040 LRTP is a 25-year projection to identify strategies that satisfy the transportation needs of the R2CTPO Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA). This MPA encompasses all of Volusia County and portions of Flagler County inclusive of the cities of Flagler Beach, Beverly Beach, and portions of Palm Coast and Bunnell.
Projects selected for inclusion in the 2040 LRTP are intended to reflect the Vision and Goals of the MPA and its member governments. This Vision states that:
Our transportation system will provide a safe and accessible range of options that enhance existing communities while providing mobility in a fiscally responsible, energy efficient, and environmentally compatible manner. This integrated system will support economic development, allowing for the effective movement of all people, goods, and services necessary to maintain and enhance our quality of life.
The vision is also supported by six goals, which promote a balanced and efficient multimodal transportation system, economic development, connectivity and transportation choices, safety and security, quality places and transportation equity and public participation.
Development of the LRTP began in the spring of 2014. This planning effort provides an opportunity to:
· Take stock of our current resources and system limitations;
· Reach out to partner organizations and the public to identify future
challenges and opportunities;
· Define our collective plans and desires for the future; and
· Prioritize efforts and to seek opportunities for a cohesive development
The 2040 LRTP must be adopted by September 2015. The River to Sea TPO is holding three public meetings to solicit input on the draft Cost Feasible Project List.
Please see the attached flyer for more information.
A significant amount of public notice, representation and review for the development of the 2040 LRTP will also occur as part of the regular meetings of the River to Sea TPO Board, standing committees and the LRTP Subcommittee. These groups include citizen representatives, elected officials, local government staff and special interest advocates representing all portions of the planning area. In addition, public notice will be provided for each of the meetings in accordance with Florida Statutes and the adopted by-laws of the organization. Please see the subcommittees section of this website to learn more about the purpose of each committee and visit the calendar to view upcoming meeting dates.
A brochure or handout will be developed to notify the public that the River to Sea TPO is engaged in a public outreach effort to seek input in developing the 2040 LRTP. The brochure will include information about the TPO, long range planning, transportation and land-use, the Make Your Mark activity, survey and website.
A brochure offers the advantage of literature that can be printed and distributed provides a greater opportunity to reach a broad audience. Brochures can also be tailored for certain audiences (i.e. Spanish language) and are low cost.
In addition to the efforts above, it is anticipated that there will be news media coverage and articles to promote the long range planning efforts of the River to Sea TPO. Presentations and work sessions will also be conducted with interested groups as warranted, such as VCARD, FCARD, ISB Coalition, chambers of commerce, business associations, transportation providers, freight interests, education and health organizations, professional associations, and state, regional, and local government agencies.