Nice Bridge Improvement Project Public Involvement Plan. Charles County, Maryland King George County, Virginia December 11, 2006. DRAFT. Nice Bridge Improvement Project Public Involvement Plan. Overview
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Charles County, Maryland
King George County, Virginia
December 11, 2006
This Public Involvement Plan for the Nice Bridge Project Improvement Project serves as a guideline for distributing public information and engaging the public in this project. This plan outlines the process that the Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA) will implement to identify public concerns, public outreach strategies, public comment opportunities, and potential stakeholders in this project.
The public involvement process for this project will focus on all parties potentially affected by this project as well as those who have a vested interest. MdTA assumes that nearby neighborhood associations, local residents and boaters; state, local, and regional authorities; major employers, and community facilities/services fit into this criteria.
Public Involvement Objectives
Provide public with effective, consistent opportunities for potentially affected and interested parties to voice their concerns and ideas.
Provide public with information on the project status, including timeframes, design issues, environmental impacts, and social impacts.
Build lasting relationships with the community and interested parties and provide reasonable opportunity for their involvement.
Coordinate with Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) throughout the course of the project for their input on public involvement.
Where applicable, adhere to public involvement provisions included in SAFETEA-LU and other federal and state laws.
Include outreach efforts that are targeted toward minority, low-income and bilingual communities who may not be reached by ordinary outreach strategies (i.e., speakers of other languages).
Public Involvement Plan Activities and Timeline
Develop Public Involvement Plan May 2006 Completed
Compile Project Mailing Lists May-June 2006 Completed
Publish Project Initiation Announcement July 2006 Completed
Develop and launch Project Website July 2006 Completed
Hold Focus Group Meeting #1 December 2006 Completed
Conduct Property Owner Notification December 2006
Circulate First Project Newsletter January 2007
Advertise Alternatives Public Workshop February 2007
Hold Focus Group Meeting #2 February 2007
Hold Alternatives Public Workshop Spring 2007
Circulate Second Project Newsletter Fall 2007
Public Involvement Plan Activities and Timeline (continued)
Hold Focus Group Meeting #3 Jan – Feb 2008
Circulate Third Project Newsletter Feb – March 2008
Hold Focus Group Meeting #4 Summer 2008
Circulate Draft Environmental Document/ Summer 2008
Technical Reports for Public Review
Advertise Public Hearing Fall 2008
Hold Public Hearing Fall 2008
Address Public Comments Fall 2008
Hold Focus Group Meeting #5 Winter 2009
Circulate Final Environmental Document for Spring 2009
Circulate Fourth Project Newsletter Summer 2009
Record of Decision (ROD) Summer 2009
Project Initiation Announcement
Alternatives Public Workshop
Draft Environmental Document Published for Public Review and Comment
Location/Design Public Hearing
Final Environmental Document Published for Public Review and Comment
Maintaining Project Mailing List
Nice Bridge Improvement Project webpage
Receiving/Addressing Comments on Project
Community Requested Meetings
Focus Group Meetings
Outreach to environmental justice and bilingual communities
To inform the public of the latest project activities and recent developments. Newsletters will be circulated prior to public workshops and the public hearing, as well as posted on the project website. The purpose of circulating a newsletter prior to the workshop helps to encourage involvement and participation from the public. Distributing a newsletter following the workshop is a way of showing the public their thoughts and concerns were heard.
Anticipated Newsletters and Purpose
Winter 2007 Provide background information on and the status of the Nice Bridge Improvement Project; provide information on NEPA process, provide project timeline and contact information.
Fall 2007 Recap Alternatives Public Workshop and Interagency Coordination activities; provide project updates.
Spring 2008 Announce circulation of Draft Environmental Document, ARDS and Fall 2008 Public Hearing; provide other project updates.
Summer 2009 Recap Public Hearing and comments on the Draft Environmental Document; provide projected post-NEPA schedule.
Local Business Representatives
Local Community Associations/Organizations
Local Government Entities/MPO (Tri-County Council)
Residents (and boaters)/Property Owners within the study area
Travelers Using Facility (automobiles and trucks)
Boating, Fishing and Camping Associations
Shipping vessel associations
The initial list of interested parties, however, may be expanded upon if other organizations, groups, or community members perceive that they may be affected by this project.
Local Organizations/Government Entities
Other Interested Parties
Special Interest Groups
Level of Expectation from Stakeholder
Expects to participate in decision-making
Expects MdTA to listen to their concerns/comments and incorporate into the project
Expects to hear about project status through casual channels
Determine the Appropriate Public Involvement Techniques
After identifying key stakeholders in this project, it is also necessary to determine the appropriate public involvement techniques that meet the expectations of each stakeholder group. The matching of expectations and appropriate techniques can include:
Media Resource List
Newspaper The Maryland Independent (MD)
The Examiner (MD)
Washington Post (regional)
The Washington Hispanic (regional)
The Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA)
The Journal Press (VA)
The Free-Lance Star (VA)
Radio WWZZ 104.1 FM; Waldorf, MD
WSMD-FM 98.3 FM; Mechanicsville, MD
WGRQ 95.9 FM; Colonial Beach, VA
WBQB 101.5 FM; Fredericksburg, VA
WFLS-FM 93.3 FM; Fredericksburg, VA