Planning and Environmental Linkages (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 will occur throughout planning efforts, some key milestones may 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. During unprecedented times, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, NDOT and its partners will lean on online engagement methods in addition to in-person opportunities that allow communications to continue forward while continuing effective dialogue with constituents.
The State of Nevada has adopted an updated mask mandate per CDC guidance which requires the general public to wear masks while indoors, vaccinated or not, effective July 30, 2021. NDOT will require all public hearing attendees to wear a mask while indoors while the mandate is in effect.
The I-11 project team will continue to hold community stakeholder meetings and provide opportunities for the public to provide ongoing feedback regarding the study and corridor alternatives. The most recent official study public comment period was August 17 through September 30, 2021, to obtain continued community input. In-person public hearings are expected to occur throughout the Las Vegas Valley beginning March/April 2022. The draft PEL report will be available for public and agency review and the final PEL report will incorporate any changes based on comments received during the draft PEL report public review period. Selection of the I-11 corridor and delivery of the final PEL report is scheduled for May 2022. The result of the study will produce a joint FHWA and NDOT Decision Document that will state not only their approval of the PEL study, as is required for an appropriate PEL process, but also include FHWA and NDOT’s selection of a recommended I-11 corridor which will take into consideration the community input obtained throughout the study.
PAST ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Online Public Information Meeting
August 17 – September 30, 2021
Bilingual Telephone Town Hall
September 2, 2021, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
2021 Public Information Meetings (in person)
August 31: 4 – 7 p.m. | Sahara West Library; 9600 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89117
September 1: 4 – 7 p.m. | Centennial Hills Community Center YMCA; Fun Zone, 6601 N Buffalo Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89131
September 7: 4 – 7 p.m. | Lifeguard Arena, Center Ice Room; 222 S Water Street, Henderson, NV 89015
September 14: 4 – 7 p.m. | RTC Southern Nevada, Conference Room 108, 600 S Grand Central Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89106
September 16: 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. | Windmill Library; 7060 W. Windmill Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89113
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