The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) continues to seek new and innovative ways in which to make the community aware of the MPO’s activities, and to keep the public well-informed of the transportation planning process. For this reason, the MPO has developed a public involvement framework for use during the development of transportation plans and programs that affect our community.
The MPO understands the importance of a well-informed public and the value of the involvement of all citizens. The Public Participation Plan (PPP) contains strategies for public involvement that provide complete information, timely public notice, access to key decisions, and support early and continuing involvement of the public in developing the plans, policies, and programs of the MPO. The MPO actively seeks the involvement of segments of the community that have been traditionally under-served in the transportation planning process.
The Hernando/Citrus MPO holds fully advertised public hearings prior to adoption of all transportation-related plans, documents, programs, and grant applications. Public hearings are also held prior to taking formal policy actions on matters of specific interest to the community and on other topics of importance. This ensures ample public involvement and access to the planning process. Interest on particular issues is noted from the attention received from transportation-related topics and the number of calls received on the issues. Public hearings allow for direct citizen input and a corresponding reply to the public. This forum has allowed for issues to be heard and has provided deliberation of alternative solutions. Local public hearings also serve to promote active citizen participation if held in each respective area.
Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Dennis Dix, MPO Executive Director, or Mary Elwin, Operations Assistant, at 352-754-4057, at least seven days prior to the meeting.