Notice of Public Comment Period

Notice is hereby given that the Skagit Council of Governments (SCOG) has made the recommended regional prioritization of human services transportation projects available for public comment.  The recommendation has been made by the Skagit Special Needs Transportation Committee (Committee), an ad hoc committee created by SCOG’s Transportation Policy Board to advise them on this prioritization process.  Through the prioritization process, projects will be assigned regional priority for the statewide 2017–2019 Washington State Department of Transportation Consolidated Grants Program.  Projects have been evaluated by Committee members using regional criteria and weights approved by the Transportation Policy Board.

The public comment period closes on December 5, 2016.  Action on the regional prioritization of projects is anticipated at the January 18, 2017 SCOG Transportation Policy Board meeting.  All written comments received on or before December 5 will be distributed to the Transportation Policy Board one week before the meeting.

An electronic copy of the recommended regional prioritization can be downloaded from SCOG’s website.  Paper copies are available at SCOG offices located at 204 West Montgomery Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 during normal business hours. Please contact Mark Hamilton at (360) 416-7876 or markh@scog.net with any questions about the regional prioritization process.  Written comments must be emailed to markh@scog.net or mailed to the address above.

WSDOT Community Engagement Plan

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is seeking input on its Draft Community Engagement Plan. This document outlines how WSDOT will seek input from the public in its planning and project development efforts as well as provide a framework on how your input will be used at each stage of the planning process.

Comments are due to WSDOT by November 30th, 2016. Visit the Community Engagement Plan webpage for more information.

Regional Call for Projects – Human Services Transportation Projects

The Skagit Council of Governments (SCOG) will be prioritizing human services transportation projects for Skagit County and has released this Regional Call for Projects to seek projects for evaluation and prioritization at the regional level.  Projects submitted will be evaluated using these criteria and weights.

The end result of this process will be letter grades assigned to projects (A, B, C or D) by SCOG’s Transportation Policy Board indicating the regional priority.  To be eligible for funding, projects must be submitted to SCOG for the regional process and separately to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for the statewide process.  WSDOT will ultimately make the project funding decisions, factoring the regional prioritization process into which projects are selected for funding.  Funding is made available through the WSDOT Consolidated Grants Program, which includes funds from the Federal Transit Administration and State of Washington that can be used to implement eligible projects.

Please email Mark Hamilton at markh@scog.net with any questions about the regional prioritization process. Application materials are due to SCOG by October 27th.  Any application materials submitted after October 27th will not be accepted.  Submit application materials to markh@scog.net.