Volunteers Needed for Annual Bike-Ped Count

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The Skagit Council of Governments’ Non-Motorized Advisory Committee is seeking volunteers to count bicyclists and pedestrians at locations throughout Skagit County as part of the Washington State Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project.

Counts will be conducted Sept 26-28 from 7 to 9 AM and 4 to 6 PM. Volunteers will work at selected locations to enter data on simple tally sheets. Each location will be counted for one morning and one afternoon shift over the three-day period. Volunteers can register for as many shifts as they would like.

Count sites are located in Anacortes, Burlington, Concrete, La Conner, Mount Vernon, Sedro-Woolley, and unincorporated Skagit County.

To volunteer, please sign up at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/bike/count.htm. For additional information or questions, please contact Rose Howe at (360) 416-6714 or roseh@scog.net.

Notice of Public Comment Period

Notice is hereby given that on June 22nd, 2017 the Skagit Council of Governments (SCOG) released a revised Public Participation Plan (Plan) for public comment.  The public comment period will end on August 7th, 2017.

Email public comments on the revised Plan to markh@scog.net or mail to Skagit Council of Governments, c/o Mark Hamilton, 204 West Montgomery Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273.  Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on August 7th, 2017 to be considered.  All written comments received by the deadline will be distributed to SCOG’s Transportation Policy Board one week prior to action on the revised Plan, which is anticipated to occur at a regular meeting scheduled for August 16th, 2017.

Please contact Mark Hamilton at (360) 416-7876 or markh@scog.net with any questions about the revised Plan.  An electronic copy of the revised Plan is available here, with a version showing all proposed changes located here. The version showing proposed changes includes proposed additions to the current Plan underlined in blue, and deletions struck in red.  Paper copies are available at the address above, during normal business hours.

August 2016 Regional Transportation Improvement Program Amendment

SCOG has received a request to amend the 2016-2021 Regional Transportation Improvement Program. The public is encouraged to review the proposed amendment and submit any written comments to Gabe Philips by noon on Tuesday August 9, 2016. Written comments will be included in the information packet distributed to Transportation Policy Board members prior to their August 17, 2016 meeting. The public will also have the opportunity to comment at the Transportation Policy Board meeting, but written comments are preferred.

This public notice of public involvement activities and time established for public review and comments on the TIP development process will satisfy the Federal Transit Administration’s Program of Projects requirements.

April 2016 Regional Transportation Improvement Program Amendment

SCOG has received a request to amend the 2015-2020 Regional Transportation Improvement Program. The public is encouraged to review the proposed amendment and submit any written comments to Gabe Philips by noon on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Written comments will be included in the information packet distributed to Transportation Policy Board members prior to their April 20, 2016 meeting. The public will also have the opportunity to comment at the Transportation Policy Board meeting, but written comments are preferred.

This public notice of public involvement activities and time established for public review and comments on the TIP development process will satisfy the FTA’s Program of Projects requirements.

2015 Regional Forum

On Thursday, September 17th, the Skagit Council of Governments will hold the 2015 Regional Forum to discuss regional transportation and economic development planning with the public.  The event will be held at Skagit Station, 105 E. Kincaid St., Mount Vernon, WA 98273.  It begins at 6:00, but come anytime between 5:00 and 6:00 if you’d like to talk to SCOG staff about current projects that SCOG is working on.

2015 Regional Forum Flyer

Hope to see you there!

New Public Participation Plan

The newly adopted Public Participation Plan has been posted to SCOG’s website.  The new plan supersedes the older Public Participation Plan that SCOG had been using for the last 10+ years.  Included in the plan are the procedures SCOG uses to engage the public, tools to utilize for public participation and measures to evaluate how SCOG is doing in its public participation activities.

The plan was the result of an extensive planning process that began in 2014.  Many people were involved in its development, including members of the public, private non-profit organizations and the member jurisdictions of SCOG.

Please contact Mark Hamilton at (360) 416-7876 or markh@scog.net if you would like more information about the plan.

Transportation Alternatives Program Project Selection Public Review

The Skagit-Island Regional Transportation Planning Organization (SIRTPO) is a regional agency that facilitates transportation planning activities in Skagit and Island counties. SIRTPO receives around $230,000 in Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding per year to distribute to programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities; recreational trail program projects; and safe routes to school projects.

Click here for more information on the Transportation Alternatives Program:

The SIRTPO Policy Board will be considering draft TAP project selection criteria (see link below) for approval at their April 23rd, 2015 meeting. Around $700,000 will be available for urban and rural alternative transportation projects in Skagit and Island counties.

The public may comment on the draft TAP project selection criteria. Please submit any written comments to Gabe Philips by noon on April 16th, 2015. A public comment period will also be provided at the April 23rd, 2015 meeting but written comments are preferred.

Call (360-416-6678) or email Gabe Philips if you have any questions.

Public Comment Period Closing Soon for Public Participation Plan

Notice is hereby given that on February 13th, 2015 the Skagit Council of Governments released a revised Public Participation Plan (PPP) for public comment.  The public comment period will end on April 3rd, 2015.

Please email public comments on the revised PPP to markh@scog.net or mail to Skagit Council of Governments, c/o Mark Hamilton, 204 West Montgomery Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273.  Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on April 3rd, 2015.

An electronic copy of the revised PPP can be found at www.scog.net/PPP/RevisedPPP.pdf.  Paper copies are available at the address above, during normal business hours.