What We've Found
A public involvement plan should be created to consider
all public involvement activities that are best suited for the needs of each
particular project. Accordingly, the project development team should devise the
public involvement plan for every project as it is advanced through project
development. The plan may range from individual property owner contacts
for small projects to a series of public involvement meetings
hearings for more complex projects. Some public involvement plans may include
formation of a citizens’ advisory group to involve a large number of
property owners or special interest groups on projects where significant
environmental issues or concerns must be addressed. The key is to create a plan
that allows the Cabinet to communicate with the public in order to make the best
transportation decision.Just the Facts
project team needs to establish an outline of the public involvement plan as
early in the project development phase as possible. The plan must include any
federally required public hearings and may be supplemented by additional public
involvement meetings, which will contribute to better decisions on the location
or detail of a project. This plan may be adjusted as the project advances and
should therefore be reviewed by the project team at critical stages in project
development. The plan should also consider other means of communication in order
to obtain public input. Examples may include telephone
, and focus
.How To Do
1. Identify the purpose of the plan
- What transportation decisions are to be made?
- What is the desired level of involvement/influence?
2. Be involved with the project development process
3. Determine the history of public involvement related to this project
4. Understand the affected communities/public
- Community profile: social, economic, and political structure of the
- Key community issues and interests
- Assessment of community awareness/knowledge about this project
- Identification of special sensitivities and/or requirements related to
public involvement methods and activities
5. Describe the overall approach for public involvement
- Gathering of input
- Opportunities for direct involvement
- Pathways for incorporating input into decision-making
- Feedback to public about decision-making
- Plan for monitoring/evaluating/readjusting the public involvement
6. Define the specific action steps, techniques, and timing for public
- Who will do what?
- Within what timeline?
- With what resources?
The information for this page was obtained from the Public Involvement
section of the Highway Design Manual, which can be found here.
An outline of
public involvement activities based on project needs.
Timing is Everything
public involvement plan should be established as early as possible during
project development. However, the plan should be reevaluated and adjusted as
necessary throughout the duration of the project.
Brent Spence Bridge PIP - D6
- Item No. 6-17
I471/KY8 Interchange PIP -
D6 - Item No. 6-8104
I-66 Bypass PIP Proposal
- D8- Item No. 8-59.