The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission has adopted a new version of its Public Participation Plan, which lays out how MORPC – as the federally designated metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Columbus urbanized area – reaches out to members of the public for their input throughout the transportation planning process.
Following a 45-day public comment period, the plan was recommended for approval by the Community Advisory Committee and Transportation Advisory Committee. It was adopted by the Transportation Policy Committee through Resolution T-10-21 on September 9, 2021.
As an MPO, MORPC conducts a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive transportation planning process. The transportation planning area for the MORPC MPO includes: Delaware and Franklin counties; Bloom and Violet townships in Fairfield County; New Albany, Pataskala and Etna Township in Licking County; and Jerome Township in Union County.
MORPC’s plan includes a structured committee process, a project-specific process, and a public outreach and information dissemination effort tailored to meet specific needs.
This process provides a set of procedures to be consistently and comprehensively applied to incorporate the public’s involvement, including the planning and development of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) and Delaware County Transit programs and projects. The public participation process satisfies Section 5307 public involvement requirements for the Program of Projects.
The 2021 Public Participation Plan can be viewed here.