Public Participation Documents Available

The Skagit Council of Governments (SCOG) is in the process of a periodic review of our public participation plan (PPP) to ensure a full and open participation process.  SCOG has contracted with EnviroIssues, a consultant specializing in public involvement, to evaluate the PPP and recommend revisions as appropriate.

As part of this process, EnviroIssues just completed an assessment of the PPP.  Their assessment also includes an appendix summarizing all the comments received during recent public participation interviews, which helped inform their work.  At the November 19th meeting of SCOG’s Transportation Policy Board, Justin McCaffree with EnviroIssues presented their work done to-date.

Please contact SCOG’s Mark Hamilton at markh@scog.net or (360) 416-7876 if you have any comments on these documents that you would like shared with EnviroIssues.  They will begin working on drafting revisions to the PPP soon and we should have draft PPP revisions before SCOG’s Transportation Policy Board for their meeting on December 17th.  The earliest any action could be taken on a revised PPP is February 18th, 2015 following a 45-day public review and comment period.

Draft 2015-2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program

The Draft 2015-2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is now available for public comment on the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) STIP web page. The STIP contains projects included in the Skagit-Island 2015-2020 Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP), adopted by the Skagit-Island Regional Transportation Planning Organization on October 15, 2014. When a project is included in the STIP, local agencies can can establish agreements with WSDOT to utilize federal funds that have been awarded to their projects.

The 30 day public comment period for the 2015-2018 STIP will conclude on December 17th, 2014. Comments can be submitted to Nancy Huntley via email or by mail (P.O. Box 47390, Olympia, WA 98504-7390).

Comment on the Skagit-Island Human Services Transportation Plan

The Skagit-Island Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP) is available for public comment.  The HSTP is a regional coordinated plan that was developed through engaging persons with special transportation needs — including the elderly, persons with disabilities, and persons with low-income — and their service providers, through a regional planning process.  The 14-day public comment period on this document is from Wednesday, November 5th through Tuesday, November 18th.

If you would like a paper copy of the HSTP to review, they are available at SCOG offices at 204 West Montgomery Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273.

Final action on the HSTP is anticipated at the Skagit-Island Regional Transportation Planning Organization Policy Board meeting on December 3rd, in Coupeville.  A public comment period will be provided at the December 3rd meeting, and at meetings of the Skagit sub-RTPO (on November 19th) and Island sub-RTPO (on November 26th).  The HSTP will be an agenda item on all three meeting agendas.

If you would like more information on any of these meetings, have any questions or comments about the HSTP, or would like a paper copy — please contact Mark Hamilton at (360) 416-7876 or markh@scog.net.