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Public Involvement Process
On September 17, 2014, the Transportation Planning Board adopted an updated Participation Plan that outlines public involvement activities for constituencies with difference levels of understanding and interest in the TPB process. The new Participation Plan calls for the TPB to be more strategic in targeting its activities to serve the needs of three different constituencies. The Participation Plan focuses on tailoring outreach and involvement activities to the "involved" public, the "informed" public, and the "interested" public.
These three categories of citizens represent a continuum in typical levels of interest and expertise, ranging from extremely active individuals, like members of the Citizens Advisory Committee, to members of the general public. This distinction addresses the realization that not all members of the public may know about the TPB, and that requirements for information about regional transportation planning may be different for each constituency.
The 2014 Update to the Participation Plan replaces the 2007 plan as the main policy document for addressing involvement in the TPB process. Please review the TPB Participation Plan for more information. The Policy Statement and Policy Goals of the Participation Plan are listed below.
It is the policy of the TPB to provide public access and involvement under a true collaborative planning process in which the interests of all of the stakeholders - public and private - are reflected and considered. Accordingly, it is the TPB's intent to make both its policy and technical process inclusive of and accessible to all of these stakeholders. The TPB notes in structuring this public involvement process that many additional opportunities for access and involvement exist at the state and local jurisdictional levels through local, subregional, and state sponsored activities associated with transportation planning in the Washington region.
The TPB believes that public input into its process is valuable and makes its products better. Regional transportation planning cannot, and should not, be based simply upon technical analysis. The qualitative information derived from citizen involvement is essential to good decision-making.
The TPB Participation Plan is designed to be goal-oriented. The Policy Statement provides a philosophy around which to build a regional transportation participation program that will accomplish the following goals:
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