The Public Involvement Plan (PIP)
The Public Involvement Plan (PIP) documents the rules SJTPO will follow and identifies some methods that SJTPO will employ in its efforts to ensure that planning efforts include the public to the greatest degree reasonably possible.
Staff is updating the PIP. Staff encourages public input on this plan. Public comments are currently being accepted through Sunday, April 14, 2019.
In accordance with the Federal guidance, the intent of the SJTPO is to have a meaningful, proactive public involvement process that provides complete and timely information to all segments of the population to key decisions. Furthermore, it supports early and continuing public involvement in the development of the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Public Involvement Plan (PIP), and other major plans and programs. In addition, the SJTPO understands the inherent need to develop public understanding and support of its activities.
To accomplish this, the SJTPO will maintain public involvement procedures, consistent with Federal guidance, and in support of the following major goals:
- Increase and improve opportunities for public involvement.
- Increase the accessibility and transparency of information available to the public.
- Increase the efficiency of the public involvement process.
- Provide the public with more options and more education on how to get involved and be heard in the transportation planning process.
- Make better transportation decisions that meet the needs of all people.
- Enhance the environmental justice process.
Public Involvement Plan Update
The update to the PIP builds upon the Current PIP, which was adopted by the Policy Board in 2010. The 2019 PIP aims to better explain the goals and objects for public participation, update the strategies the SJTPO will use to achieve those outcomes, and reflect what staff heard from the public during the initial outreach period from Monday, August 27, 2018 to Sunday, October 14, 2018.
We value your feedback!
We ask that you comment on any aspect of the PIP or submit any other general comment about SJTPO’s public outreach.
How can you comment?
Comments may be submitted via the online comment form (located above), email, mail (782 South Brewster Road, Unit B6, Vineland, NJ 08361), fax (856-794-2549), Facebook, or Twitter. Additionally, you may comment in person at the following meeting:
- A public meeting is scheduled for 5:30 PM on Monday, March 25, 2019 at Vineland City Hall in the 2nd floor Caucus Room.
When are comments due?
Comments must be received by the SJTPO no later than Sunday, April 14, 2019 to be included in the Final PIP as an official public comment.
What will SJTPO do with your comments?
Staff will review comments as they arrive. Once the comment period closes on Sunday, April 14, 2019, staff will address and incorporate the comments into the PIP to the greatest degree reasonably possible. All public comments and SJTPO responses will be included as an appendix in the PIP.
What happens after public comments are incorporated into the PIP?
If the public comments incorporated into the PIP cause the plan to greatly differ from the draft previously made available to the public, the SJTPO can solicit the plan again for feedback. If additional feedback is not needed, the PIP will be brought to the next Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting for recommendation to the Policy Board.
Who approves the PIP?
The final version of the PIP, which will reflect comments received, will be made available to the TAC, who will then make a recommendation to the Policy Board to approve the plan. Once approved, the PIP will be posted to the SJTPO website. This PIP will replace the previously adopted SJTPO public involvement plan. Staff will begin using the 2019 PIP to guide public participation efforts. The date of final approval is anticipated to be late-May 2019.