A new international bridge. Light rail on Woodward. A new commuter train running between Detroit and Ann Arbor. Improving I-94 and I-75. Expanding the intermodal yard at Junction Yard. These are just a few of the projects that are included in the adopted SEMCOG Regional Transportation Plan – Direction2035. These projects have been included after going through a rigorous technical and public review process – a process that is becoming more transparent every day. With mounting needs and dwindling resources, many needed projects go unfunded in order to fund the most important of the projects.
You have helped and need to continue to make your voices heard so the most important projects get selected and built. How do you do that? Well, one way to make your voice heard is through the SEMCOG Public Participation Process.
A key goal of SEMCOG is to improve decision making by providing leadership and consensus building on key plans and policies. One way we achieve this is through the public involvement process, which provides opportunities for interested parties to comment on SEMCOG’s regional plans, programs, and activities. The document that guides the public involvement process is SEMCOG’s Public Participation Plan.
We have recently developed a revised Draft Public Participation Plan and it was recently released for the 45-day public comment period. Now through November 22, 2011, anyone interested may review and comment on the draft (see link below). Your comments will help ensure the ongoing opportunity for effective, broad-based participation in the development and review of regional plans and programs.
SEMCOG’s Public Participation Plan (PDF)
Please review this document and send us any comments you have, so we can make it better. After reviewing and addressing any comments received on the draft, staff is scheduled to recommend approval and final adoption of SEMCOG’s Public Participation Plan at its Executive Committee meeting on Friday, December 2, 2011, beginning at 1 p.m. in SEMCOG’s office at 535 Griswold Street, Suite 300, Detroit, MI 48226.