Notice of Public Comment Period for Revised 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.

February 2015 Regional Transportation Improvement Program Amendments

SCOG has received requests to amend the 2015-2020 Regional Transportation Improvement Program. The public is encouraged to review the proposed amendments and submit any written comments to Gabe Philips by noon on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. Written comments will be included in the information packet distributed to Transportation Policy Board members prior to their February 11, 2015 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.

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.