Public Participation Framework Abstract

Authors: Glenn Robinson and Rich Kuzmayk
Editor: Tom Sanchez

Subject to task I-3B of the Transportation Cooperative Equity Research Program this technical memorandum is a companion document to Task I-2. It describes a general framework for the collaborative public participation activities that were previously presented. Because of the practical, community-based nature of this Toolkit project, a team of community representatives and stakeholders will be identified to engage in working with the technical analysis team on case studies.

This is the same structure used in the Baltimore Region Environmental Justice and Transportation Project (BREJTP), except that in this case the study content will have been identified in advance of the group’s formation. Nevertheless, the community members will be given an opportunity to influence the case study. Once convened, the community case study team will work along with the technical analysis team to frame key issues, provide insights into community objectives, and review alternatives.

The case study team will have at least five community representatives, who will meet up to five times during the course of the study.They will play a vital role in shaping the analysis and case study.

This technical memorandum provides examples of public participation approaches, offers a framework for addressing issues and discusses potential strategies for effective public participation. Particular attention is directed to presenting an environmental justice transportation (EJT) framework with a triage-type function, multiple entry points to the process, including explicit provision for feedback. What is useful about this framework is that it identifies a point of convergence between public participation and the EJT planning process. Insights and examples gleaned from the national examples and the ongoing BREJT Project case studies are provided in the summary section of this memo. At the conclusion of this task, the study team will brief the Oversight Committee on findings, and communicate the suggestions developed by the community members.

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