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Public Participation



The public was invited to participate in the four major stages of Direction2035 development. 

April 2008 - September 2008
Setting the Regional Investment Direction
 mail-out/mail-back survey of a statistical representation of the region was conducted. The survey was also available to the general public. The survey findings were considered by SEMCOG and local elected officials as we explored transportation investment choices and established a regional investment direction.

2008 Survey Result Summary Report   (PDF, 2.82 MB)
Statistical Survey Detailed Results by County   (PDF, 6.08 MB)

Public Meetings
SEMCOG held three public meetings so citizens could learn more about Southeast Michigan's transportation system and express their opinions regarding conditions and funding priorities.

Public Meeting Results, October 2008
 (PDF, 412 KB)

October 2008 - April 2009      
Selection of Projects Based on Regional Investment Direction
SEMCOG worked with state and local road and transit agencies to conduct local-level public outreach efforts prior to proposing projects for inclusion in Direction2035. SEMCOG posted agency contact information and meeting dates online.

Local-level Outreach Summary (PDF, 110 KB)

May 2009 - August 2009
Project Evaluations
The public was encouraged to stay up-to-date on various Direction2035 evaluation activities by checking the Web site and additional materials were posted regularly. The Summer 2009 SEMscope included a summary article on progress to date, announced the upcoming comment period on the draft document, and solicited Speakers Bureau presentations.

September 2009 - October 2009  
Public Comment
The public comment period for Direction2035 began on September 1, 2009 and ended with General Assembly adoption on October 22, 2009. The public comment period and committee meeting dates were announced in the Summer 2009 SEMscope, online, and via a public notice and media release.

Presentation on Direction2035 draft 
(PDF, 374KB) 
Public Comment Summary (PDF, 21KB) 

Additional Materials
A Citizen's Guide to Transportation Planning in Southeast Michigan (PDF, 3MB)   
SEMCOG's Public Participation Plan (PDF, 3.4 MB)


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