Public Involvement

Public involvement is a process by which planning agencies search out the public and diligently work to engage them in the transportation planning process. Public involvement is an extremely vital part of the Birmingham MPO’s outreach activities because it gives the MPO and other transportation officials an opportunity to get ideas from the public concerning transportation plans and programs for the Birmingham Metropolitan Area. It also provides environmental justice communities and opportunity to adequately weigh in on the social, economic, energy, and environmental benefits and burdens that their communities might face as a result of transportation decisions. In short, the purpose of the public involvement process is for planning agencies to make better decisions that will reflect the community’s mobility and accessibility needs.

The MPO’s outreach efforts seek to broaden and improve public participation in the overall planning process. The intended outcome of the public involvement process is for planning agencies to develop plans and programs that reflect community needs; encompass community values, interests and priorities; and have broad community support. The Birmingham MPO encourages public involvement in all of its planning activities.

Public Participation Plan

Public Involvement Meeting Documentation

Environmental Justice

“The fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Fair treatment means that no group of people should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, municipal, and commercial operations or the executive of federal, state, local, and tribal programs and policies.”
– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Environmental Justice

Over the past few years, the environmental justice (EJ) movement has linked the plight of EJ populations to social and environmental health hazards and has attempted to demonstrate ways environmental data access and information sharing can address these problems at the local level.