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SKATS Public Participation Plan Update

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The Salem-Keizer Area Transportation Study (SKATS) works on transportation planning activities, plans, and studies of regional significance in the Salem-Keizer area.  The Public Participation Plan (PPP) serves as a guide to ensure an ongoing opportunity for broad-based public participation in the development of regional transportation plans, programs, and projects. Every four years, the PPP is reviewed and updated, now is the beginning of that update process and we want to hear from you.

Join our mailing list, please contact Kim Sapunar at ksapunar@mwvcog.org or 503-540-1611

Currently:  In September, the draft PPP will be reviewed by the Technical Advisory Committee and Policy Committee and with approval will be release for a 45-day public comment period.

Anticipated Schedule

There will be public input opportunities in addition to the two monthly standing meetings of the SKATS Technical Advisory Committee and the Policy Committee. The Policy Committee (PC) meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of the month at noon, and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month at 1:30 pm. Currently, both meetings are being convened virtually through Zoom.  Agendas and materials are posted one week before the meeting on the MWVCOG website.  Both are open to the public, and there is a standing public comment time on the Policy Committee agenda at the start of their noon meeting.

June 2021:

  • Update kick off, email notices and website and Facebook updates.
  • TAC: Discuss upcoming update
  • PC: Discuss upcoming update

July 2021:

  • Staff reviews and revises the document.
  • Public Survey – feedback on preferred methods to hear about information, evaluation of past strategies.
  • TAC: Staff review of the goals, objectives, and policies.
  • PC: Staff review of the goals, objectives, and policies.

August 2021:

  • Staff continues to revise the document.
  • TAC: Continued review of the goals, objectives and policies.
  • PC: Continued review of the goals, objectives and policies.

September 2021:

  • TAC: Review final draft document and recommend to PC for public release
  • PC: Review final draft document and release for 45-day public comment
  • PPP provided to ODOT for comment.

October 2021:

  • Public Comment period, September 28 to November 19 (Friday)

November 2021

  • TAC: Review public comments and recommend adoption if appropriate
  • PC: Review public comments, hold Public Hearing and adoption if appropriate
  • Public: Public Hearing November 23, 2021 SKATS Policy Committee (public testimony welcome)

SKATS’ public meetings and open houses when conducted in person are in facilities that are accessible to persons with disabilities. SKATS provides services or accommodations upon request to persons with disabilities, language translation, and people who need a sign language interpreter at public meetings. To make requests for a sign language interpreter, communication aid or language translation assistance, the public may call Lori Moore at 503-540-1609, or email at lomoore@mwvcog.org 72 hours in advance of the meeting to accommodate their request.  Hearing impaired please call Oregon Telecommunication Relay Service, 7-1-1.

Staff is always looking for opportunities to participate in open houses or public presentations that are happening with the local jurisdictions.  To share ideas, feedback, and outreach opportunities, please contact Kim Sapunar at ksapunar@mwvcog.org or 503-540-1611.