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.

The Current PIP, adopted in January of 2010, is in the process of being updated. Public comments are currently being accepted through Sunday, October 14, 2018.   

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 updated PIP will build upon the Current PIP, which was adopted by the Policy Board in 2010. However, the updated PIP will better explain the goals and objectives for public participation, will update the strategies SJTPO will use to achieve those outcomes, and will reflect what we hear from the public.

At the July 2018 Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting, staff presented to members and the public about the update. View the public involvement presentation.

Do you have any ideas about how SJTPO can better incorporate the public in our transportation planning processes?

We ask that you comment on any aspect of the PIP or submit any other general comment about SJTPO’s public outreach, as the objective is to utilize the comments to establish a public participation process that is more effective, meaningful, and proactive.

How can you comment?

Comments may be submitted via an online comment form, email (info@sjtpo.org), US mail (782 S Brewster Rd, Unit B6, Vineland), or fax (856) 794-2549. Additionally, you may comment in person at workshops or public meetings.

  • A workshop is scheduled for 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Vineland City Hall – Caucus Room (second floor). The workshop will highlight the purpose of the PIP, the federal requirements that SJTPO is required to uphold, SJTPO’s current practices, and provide attendees the opportunity to offer comments and suggestions for improvements.
  • A public meeting is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. on January 28, 2019 at Vineland City Hall – Caucus Room (second floor) to further refine the Draft PIP.

When are comments due?

Comments on the Current PIP must be received by SJTPO no later than Sunday, October 14, 2018.

What will SJTPO do with your comments?

SJTPO staff will review comments as they arrive. Once the comment period closes on Sunday, October 14, 2018, SJTPO staff will develop a Draft PIP based on the comments received. All comments and questions, as well as SJTPO’s responses will be included as an appendix in the PIP.

What happens after staff develops a Draft PIP? 

The Draft PIP will be made available to the public on January 11, 2019, where you will have the opportunity to review and comment before the PIP is made final.

When are comments on the Draft PIP due?

Comments must be received by SJTPO no later than Sunday, February 10, 2019.

Who approves the PIP?

The final version of the PIP, which will reflect comments received, will be made available to the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), who will then make a recommendation to the Policy Board to approve the document. Once approved, the PIP will be posted to the SJTPO website. This PIP will replace all previously adopted SJTPO public involvement plans and policies. SJTPO staff will begin using the new PIP to guide public participation efforts. The date of final approval is anticipated to be late-March of 2019.