PEL studies provide a streamlined and flexible process to help decision-makers engage stakeholders, identify critical environmental resources and issues, and analyze potential transportation solutions. The primary benefit of a PEL study is to remove duplication between planning studies and future environmental review processes, therefore shortening the overall project timeline and bringing transportation projects to fruition sooner for their surrounding communities. Community outreach and involvement is key to helping everyone better understand the study and the environmental resources that will influence the development of the corridor alternatives.
While regular and ongoing communication occurs throughout the planning efforts, some key milestones will trigger proactive communications to share progress and seek informed input. NDOT will work closely with community stakeholders to share information and develop ambassadors for this study.
The Communications and Public Outreach Plan aims to achieve the following objectives:
Provide regular, consistent, accurate and timely communication
Maintain an open and transparent NEPA process
Inform and educate
Build and maintain relationships
Foster understanding and excitement
Promptly address concerns
Stakeholder coordination is the heart of the program and is being facilitated through the creation and implementation of several diverse working groups including elected officials, residential representatives, community leaders, civic organizations and community advocacy groups and the general public.
Technical Advisory Committee
(includes technical staff from various agency municipalities and partner agency representatives)
Community Working Group
(includes community, business, advocacy, residential representatives, etc.)
Along with targeted stakeholder engagement, the general public will be proactively engaged through a multi-faceted communications program that includes:
- Educational Video and Interactive Maps
- Traditional Media Relations and Advertisement
- A Speakers Bureau (Roadshow Presentations)
- Public Meetings and Hearings
Public involvement and activities for this study are complete. If you have questions or comments about the PEL study, please contact Cassie Mlynarek, NDOT Public Involvement Specialist, at (702) 232-5288.