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Connections 2030 - Public involvement

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WisDOT develops transportation plans in cooperation with the public, state and federal review agencies. WisDOT offered a variety of statewide public involvement activities and options throughout the entire Connections 2030 planning process. Activities included public meetings, newsletters, surveys and focus groups.

Plan development process

Development of Connections 2030 included a comprehensive, four-phase process to gather early input into the scope of the draft plan, as well as review and feedback on the detail of the individual policies and theme chapters.

Phase 1: Early planning

Early efforts to define the scope and focus of Connections 2030 and identify key statewide transportation issues included:

Phase 2: Pre-draft plan

Pre-draft plan development outreach efforts focused on obtaining feedback through consultation with environment resource agencies and tribal governments having a historic interest in Wisconsin.

The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) requires state transportation agencies to consult with environmental resource agencies and tribal governments when preparing long-range transportation plans. WisDOT consulted with environmental resource agencies and tribal governments to inform them about the draft plan policies and to get their feedback. This consultation process included a discussion of mitigation strategies. Also, transportation plans were compared to conservation plans and maps and databases of natural and historic resources (see Chapter 14, System-Plan Environmental Evaluation, for a discussion of the plan comparison).

WisDOT also consulted with Wisconsin’s metropolitan planning organizations and regional planning commissions in the development of the statewide system-level priority corridors.

Comments received from these discussions were used to further develop and refine the draft plan.

Environmental resource agency consultation

WisDOT held three separate consultation meetings with representatives of many environmental resource agencies.

Environmental Resource Agency Meeting Summaries

Tribal consultation

WisDOT held one consultation meeting and one follow-up briefing with representatives of tribes having a historic interest in Wisconsin.

Tribal Government Meeting Summaries

Phase 3: Draft plan

Phase 3 began with the release of the Connections 2030030 draft plan for public comment. The public review period began on November 10, 2008 and continued through March 13, 2009. WisDOT received more than 1,200 comments. A number of appropriate and feasible revisions were made to the plan. WisDOT also made minor changes to improve readability, correct punctuation and grammatical errors, and update data in tables and charts. These changes are not highlighted.

A newsletter summarizing the Phase 3 draft plan outreach is available.

Phase 4: Final plan

WisDOT held six public hearings in August on the final draft of Connections 2030. 0. The public review period began on July 24, 2009 and continued through August 31, 2009.

A newsletter summarizing the final plan phase is available.

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