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
- Public Involvement Documentation for Fy2016-2019 TIP, Amended RTP Capacity Project List and Air Quality Conformity Determination, July 2015
- Public Involvement Documentation for 2040 RTP, Amended Fy2012-2015 TIP and Air Quality Conformity Determination, November 2014
- Public Involvement Documentation for the Public Participation Plan – December 2013
- Public Involvement Meeting Documentation Amended/Updated FY2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Air Quality Conformity Determination and Amended/Updated 2035 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) – September 2012
- Public Involvement Meeting Documentation FY2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Air Quality Conformity Determination and Amended 2035 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) – July 2011
- Public Involvement Meeting Documentation for 2035 RTP, April 2010
- Public Involvement Supplemental Documentation for 2035 RTP, April 2010
- Air Quality Conformity Determination for 24-hour PM2.5 Standard for the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and the FY2010 Rebalanced/Updated FY 2008-2011 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Jefferson and Shelby Counties and a portion of Walker County in Alabama – October 2010 (5MB)
- Public Involvement Meeting Documentation, Air Quality Conformity Determination on Amendments to the 2030 LRTP and FY 2008-2011 TIP (September 2008, 5MB)
- Public Participation Plan – Public Involvement Meeting Documentation, Feb. 2008 (5MB)
“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.