SCAG Approves the 2014 Proposed Public Participation Plan!

SCAG 2014 Proposed Final Public Participation Plan

On April 3rd, the Southern California Association of Governments’ Regional Council (SCAG) approved the 2014 Proposed Public Participation Plan (Plan). Advocates interested in sustainability and equity should care about this Plan because it helps to address equity and how SCAG interfaces with all communities, including those facing transportation and mobility issues. The Safe Routes to School National Partnership submitted a comment letter with substantial feedback from partner organizations during the public comment period, which was closed on March 7. Our comments focused on incorporating K-12 schools into the land use and transportation planning process, engaging educational institutes, adding rural, unincorporated and farmworker communities and convening an Environmental Justice Advisory Group as soon as possible to provide recommendations on implementation of the Plan. Read our letter here.

SCAG Staff reviewed, addressed and incorporated as appropriate, comments received into the 2014 Proposed Final Public Participation Plan. A detailed matrix of comments and responses is provided to the public, linked here. On March 18, 2014, SCAG’s Legislative, Communications & Membership Committee recommend the 2014 Proposed Final Public Participation Plan for adoption by the Regional Council at the Regional Council’s (RC’s) meeting on April 3, 2014.The Plan was adopted at the SCAG RC meeting last week.

In SCAG’s responses, it continues to view its role as the regional collaborating and coordinating agency, which uses the public participation process to bolster resources for and communications with county transportation commissions, council of governments and other local agencies. Also, per the responses, the Plan explicit adds references to rural, unincorporated and farm worker communities to be more inclusive and recognizes the unique challenges faced by these communities. In our work, the public participation and outreach process are great opportunities to build champions and communicate effectively about transportation issues and co-benefits throughout the region. We are excited about the upcoming discussions on environmental justice and equity, when the Environmental Justice Advisory Group is convened this Summer.

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