Phone:
304-523-7434

Fax:
304-529-7229

400 Third Avenue
P.O. Box 939
Huntington, West Virginia  25712


Chairman
Jason Stephens

Executive Director
Michele Craig

 

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION

 

During FY2005, KYOVA revised the Public Participation Process by reducing the length of time for receiving comments for Amendments to the Transportation Plan and  Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) from the present 30 day comment period  to a 10 day comment period, effective July 1, 2005. In accordance with Federal Regulation 23 CFR, Part 450, a 45 day review period has been established prior to the adoption of any revision to the KYOVA Public Participation Process.

The following procedure is established to fulfill public participation and comment requirements for all transportation plans and transportation improvements developed by KYOVA Interstate Planning Commission. In accordance with 23 CFR Part 450, KYOVA is modifying existing public involvement procedures, so that citizens, affected public agencies, representatives of transportation agency employees, private providers of transportation, and other interested parties have a reasonable notice of and opportunity to comment on proposed plans and programs. As part of the metropolitan planning process, a proactive process has been developed which provides for "complete information, timely public notice, full public access to key decisions, and supports early and continuing involvement of the public in developing plans and programs." Specific planning requirements in the development of a public involvement process are as follows:

                       A minimum public comment period of 45 days before the public involvement process is initially adopted or revised.

                       Provide timely information about transportation issues and process to all interested parties affected by transportation plans, programs, and projects within the MPO.

                       Provide reasonable public access to technical and policy information used in the development of plans and TIPs, and open meetings where matters related to the Federal-aid highway and transit programs are being considered.

                       Require adequate public notice of public involvement activities and time for public review and comment at key decision points, including but not limited to, approval of plans and TIPs.

                       Demonstrate explicit consideration and response to public input received during the planning and program development process.

                       Seek and consider the needs of those traditionally underserved by the existing transportation system, including but not limited to, low-income and minority households.

                       When significant written and oral comments are received on the draft transportation plan or TIP (including the financial plan) as a result of the public involvement process or the interagency consultation process required under the U.S. EPA's conformity regulations, a summary, analysis, and report on the disposition of the comments shall be made part of the final plan and TIP.

                       If the final transportation plan or TIP differs significantly from the one which was made available for public comment by the MPO and raises new material issues which interested parties could not reasonably have foreseen from the public involvement efforts, an additional opportunity for public comment on the revised plan or TIP shall be made available.

                       The public involvement process shall be periodically reviewed by the MPO in terms of their effectiveness in assuring that the process provides full and open access to all.

                       These procedures will be reviewed by the FHWA and FTA as necessary for all MPOs, to assure that full and open access is provided to the MPO decision making processes.

                       The metropolitan public involvement process shall be coordinated with the statewide public involvement process wherever possible, to enhance public consideration of the issues, plans, and programs and reduce redundancies and costs.

Note: Effective July 1, 2005, the period for receiving comments for new Amendments to the Transportation Plan and the Transportation Improvement Program was reduced from a comment period of 30 days to a comment period of 10 days.

Utilizing the above referenced planning requirements, KYOVA has developed specific procedures to insure full accessibility to all technical information during the development of plans and TIPs. The following procedure is established to fulfill these requirements:

 

I. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

Prior to the development of the draft TIP and Long Range Transportation Plan, a notice will be placed in the local newspapers requesting input and/or participation in the development of the documents. The notice will state the nature of the request with an input period of thirty (30) days from the date the notice was published. All comments and/or suggestions received will be documented and included in the preparation of the preliminary documents.

KYOVA is entering the new millennium in style with a web site of its own.  The site has been under development for the last several months and is the agency’s latest,  and perhaps most technical approach to promote public involvement.  Visitors to this web site can view pages concerning the mission, organization, and role of KYOVA in the area transportation process. Visitors may view other pages concerning transportation information, Transportation Improvement Program and Regional Transportation Plan.  Using material prepared by KYOVA, the staff created the layout and design of the KYOVA web site. The KYOVA staff is responsible for maintaining the accuracy of information in the site. The KYOVA’s web site is at www.wvs.state.wv.us/kyova

Prior to the development of the 2006-2009 TIP and 2030 LRTP, a notice was  placed in the local newspapers requesting input and/or participation in the development of those documents. All comments or suggestions received were documented and included in the documents.   KYOVA requested airing of the public meeting announcement on public service television.

II.  ADDITIONAL PROCEDURES

In addition to public notice in the local newspapers, a mailing list of all known interested parties will be maintained by the KYOVA staff. The list will include the KYOVA Policy Board and Technical Advisory Committee, private providers of transportation, and representatives of  transportation agency employees. Prior to amendments of the 2004-2007 TIP and amendment of the current LRTP as  well as development of the 2006-2009 TIP and the 2030 LRTP, notices were placed in the Herald Dispatch and Ironton Tribune, the local newspapers, as well as in public service announcements for the beginning of next fiscal year as a part of the public involvement process.  Those notices and announcements requested input and/or participation in the development of the documents.  All comments or suggestions received were recorded and included in the document. Refer to Appendix c- Evidence of Public Notification and Participation.



TIP CONFORMITY FOR FY 2006-2009 and 2030 Transportation Plan

The TIP and Transportation Plan must be in conformance with the CAAA of 1990. This requires that the projects as shown in the TIP cannot create a situation which will worsen the quality of the air for ozone during the period of the TIP.


CONFORMITY REGULATIONS

With the issuance of the new Transportation Conformity Regulations, the Transportation Improvement Programs will address the final regulations in full.


The regulations require that the following be addressed:

51.412 The conformity determination must be based on the latest planning assumptions.

The conformity analysis for the 2006-2009 is based upon the most recent available planning data for our region. The assumption used in the conformity determination address five major categories: Socioeconomic Data, Transportation Forecasting, Financial Restrictions, Emission Modeling Factors, Transportation Project Development. For further details consult the KYOVA Transportation Conformity Report.

All Transportation projects in the TIP FY 2006-2009 are from the approved year 2030 Long Range Transportation Plan. Local projects are from the Capital Improvement Programs of the Local jurisdictions.

51.414 The conformity determination must be based on the latest emission estimation model available.

The study used the U.S. EPA Mobile 6.1 model.

51.416 The MPO must make the conformity determination according to the consultation procedures of this rule and the implementation plan revision required by 51.396.

The Interagency Consultation Process was specified in the Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) among KYOVA, WVDOT, and WVAEP, effective August 8, 1994 as part of an DAQ submitted to the U.S. EPA SIP Revision in November, 1994.

52.418 The Transportation Plan, TIP or FHWA/FTA project, which is not from a conforming plan and TIP, must provide for the timely implementation of TCMs from the applicable implementation plan

No specific Transportation Control Measures are included in the TIP because none are required by the federally approved SIP.

51.428 The transportation plan must be consistent with the motor vehicle emissions budget(s) in the applicable implementation plan or implementation plan submission.

The Transportation Plan was submitted to the U.S. EPA in April 2005 for review for Conformity and approved in June 15, 2005. The data submitted was in conformity with the regulations at that time.

51.430 The TIP must be consistent with the motor vehicle emissions budget(s) in the applicable implementation plan or implementation plan submission.

The mobile budget, which must be used to test conformity, is specified in the Huntington area redesignation request as part of the Maintenance Plan by WVOAQ to the U.S.EPA in March 1994.


51.436 The transportation plan must contribute to emissions reductions in ozone and CO non attainment areas.

The plan, as indicated above, satisfies the requirement because the area now has a federally approved emissions budget and is no longer subject to the interim transitional period requirements.

51.438 The TIP must contribute to emissions reductions in ozone non attainment areas.

Request for a waiver of the requirements for NOx was made to the U.S. EPA Director.

The plan satisfies the requirement because the area now has a federally approved emissions budget and is no longer subject to the interim transitional period requirements.

 

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