Request of Public Comments re Draft 2040 LRTP

PUBLIC NOTICE

Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization

REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING

THE DRAFT 2040 LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN

 The Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (ESMPO) has prepared the Draft 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The Draft 2040 LRTP will be available for review at the locations listed below from February 6, 2015, through March 7, 2015.  The document may also be viewed on the ESMPO website, www.easternshorempo.org.

The MPO would like input from the public and welcomes written comments through March 7, 2015. Comment forms will be available at each location.

Daphne City Hall, Clerk’s Office, Daphne

Daphne Public Library, Daphne

Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, Fairhope

Fairhope City Hall, Clerk’s Office, Fairhope

Fairhope Public Library, Fairhope

Baldwin County Fairhope Satellite Courthouse, Commission Office, Fairhope

Baldwin Rural Area Transportation System (BRATS) Hub, Fairhope

Loxley Town Hall, Clerk’s Office, Loxley

Loxley Public Library, Loxley

Alabama DOT, Division Engineer, Mobile

BRATS Hub and Headquarters, Robertsdale

Baldwin County Central Annex II, Highway Department, Robertsdale

Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, Robertsdale

Baldwin County Central Annex Commission Office, Robertsdale

Robertsdale Public Library, Robertsdale

Baldwin County Central Annex, Baldwin County Library Cooperative, Robertsdale

Spanish Fort City Hall, Clerk’s Office, Spanish Fort

Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, Spanish Fort

Oscar Johnson Memorial Library, Silverhill

 

Written comments may be submitted as follows:

U.S. Mail or Hand Delivery:

Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization

c/o Baldwin County (Fairhope) Satellite Courthouse

1100 Fairhope Avenue

Fairhope, Alabama 36532

 Email:

coordinator@easternshorempo.org

 Facsimile:

(251) 580-2590

 The ESMPO will also conduct two public meetings to receive comments on the Draft 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan:

MEETING 1:

  • Date: February 24, 2015
  • Time: 6-7:30 PM

Location: Daphne City Hall

Council Chambers

1705 Main Street

Daphne, Alabama 36526

 

MEETING 2:

  • Date: February 26, 2015
  • Time: 6-7:30 PM

Location: Baldwin County (Fairhope) Satellite Courthouse

Commission Conference Room

1100 Fairhope Avenue

Fairhope, Alabama 36532

Additional information regarding the Draft 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan may be obtained by contacting the MPO Coordinator, Matthew Brown, at (251) 990-4640 or msbrown@baldwincountyal.gov.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or those requiring language translation services should contact the Eastern Shore MPO at 251-990-4640.

Public Notice – January Policy Board Meeting

PUBLIC NOTICE

Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization

The Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Board will meet on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at 10:00 AM in the Council Chambers at Daphne City Hall at 1705 Main St, Daphne, Alabama 36526.

The proposed combined agenda for the meeting may be viewed on the Eastern Shore MPO website: (http://www.easternshorempo.org/) fourteen days prior to the meeting.  For more information regarding any of the information above, please contact the Eastern Shore MPO at 251-990-4640.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or those requiring language translation services should contact the Eastern Shore MPO at 251-990-4640.

 

Public Notice – January Meetings

PUBLIC NOTICE

Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization

TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC) MEETING, CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE (CAC) MEETING, AND BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE (BPAC) MEETING

The Technical Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at 10:00 AM in the Commission Conference Room at 1100 Fairhope Ave., Fairhope, Alabama.

The Citizens Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at 1:00 PM at the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce (Scenic Overlook Visitors Center) at 29750 Larry Dee Cawyer Dr., Daphne, Alabama.

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at 9:00 AM at the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce (Scenic Overlook Visitors Center) at 29750 Larry Dee Cawyer Dr., Daphne, Alabama.

The proposed combined agenda for each meeting may be viewed on the Eastern Shore MPO website: (http://www.easternshorempo.org/) fourteen days prior to the meeting.  For more information regarding any of the information above, please contact the Eastern Shore MPO at 251-990-4640.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or those requiring language translation services should contact the Eastern Shore MPO at 251-990-4640.

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Press Release – October Meetings

EASTERN SHORE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE EASTERN SHORE – October 23, 2014 – The Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Board held a meeting on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, in the Council Chambers at Daphne City Hall in Daphne, Alabama. The Policy Board is the governing body of the MPO.

The Policy Board approved the Financially Constrained Project Timeline which represents a proposed schedule for the use MPO Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds for the next ten years. The timeline will be incorporated into the MPO’s Long Range Transportation Plan as projects are approved for funding.

At the September meeting, the Policy Board authorized MPO staff to request a fee and scope from Sain Associates to perform a fiber audit and systems engineering report for a possible adaptive traffic signal system along US 98 and SR 181. Adaptive signal systems connect traffic lights with communication technology that allows the lights to adjust their signal times in response to increased traffic. Sain Associates prepared a scope that includes examining existing corridors in the smoothed urban boundary for adaptive signal suitability, performing a fiber audit, preparing cost estimates for different systems, and recommending a system for installation. The Policy Board adopted Resolution 2014-21 authorizing MPO staff to hire Sain Associates to perform the adaptive signal study based on the scope and fee provided.

The term of the sitting MPO Citizens Advisory Committee will end in January 2015. Citizen Advisory Committee members are appointed by the Policy Board. MPO staff will be accepting applications for the Citizens Advisory Committee in November and December 2014. Interested citizens can apply by filling out an application on the MPO website at www.easternshorempo.org.

The Policy Board authorized MPO staff to move forward with an informational video kiosk pilot program that will feature transportation safety videos in public places. The Board also voted to reduce the frequency of Policy Board meetings to a quarterly basis with the Chairperson and MPO Coordinator able to call additional meetings as needed.

The next meeting of the Eastern Shore MPO Policy Board is scheduled for Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at 10:00 AM at Daphne City Hall. For more information regarding the Eastern Shore MPO please visit www.easternshorempo.org or email coordinator@easternshorempo.org.

Agenda Action Report

Public Notice – October Meetings

PUBLIC NOTICE

Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization

POLICY BOARD MEETING, TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC) MEETING, CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE (CAC) MEETING, AND BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE (BPAC) MEETING

The Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Board will meet on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at 10:00 AM in the Council Chambers at Daphne City Hall at 1705 Main St, Daphne, AL 36526.

The Technical Advisory Committee will meet on October 15, 2014, at 10:00 AM in the Daphne City Hall Executive Meeting Room at 1705 Main St, Daphne, AL 36526.

The Citizens Advisory Committee will meet on October 14, 2014, at 1:00 PM in the Daphne City Hall Executive Meeting Room at 1705 Main St, Daphne, AL 36526.

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee on October 14, 2014, at 10:00 AM in the Daphne City Hall Executive Meeting Room at 1705 Main St, Daphne, AL 36526.

The proposed combined agenda for each meeting may be viewed on the Eastern Shore MPO website: (http://www.easternshorempo.org/) fourteen days prior to the meeting.  For more information regarding any of the information above, please contact the Eastern Shore MPO at 251-990-4640.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or those requiring language translation services should contact the Eastern Shore MPO at 251-990-4640.

Agenda

Press Release – September Meetings

EASTERN SHORE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE EASTERN SHORE – September 26, 2014 – The Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Board held a meeting on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, in the Council Chambers at Daphne City Hall in Daphne, Alabama. The Policy Board is the governing body of the MPO.

 The MPO Policy Board and Advisory Committees held elections for fiscal year 2015 officers. The Policy Board elected Fairhope Mayor Timothy Kant as Chairperson and Daphne Mayor Dane Haygood as Vice Chairperson. The Technical Advisory Committee re-elected Daphne Public Works Director Richard Johnson as Chairperson and City of Fairhope Public Works Director Jennifer Fidler as Vice Chairperson. The Citizens Advisory Committee re-elected Mr. Andrew James as Chairperson and Mr. Tedson Meyers as Vice Chairperson. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee re-elected Mr. Jeff Hudson as Chairperson and Mr. Phil Hooper as Vice Chairperson.

The Policy Board considered and adopted Resolution 2014-16 establishing a policy regarding the expenditure of MPO Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds. The MPO anticipates receiving approximately $1.2 million dollars in STP funds every year. According to the new policy adopted by the Policy Board, these funds should be spent on projects that meet the following two criteria:

  1.  MPO Surface Transportation Program funds should be spent on projects that will in some way increase the capacity of the existing transportation network. A project increases the capacity of the existing transportation network if the project results in an increase in the number of vehicles that can pass through the project area in a given amount of time.
  2.  MPO Surface Transportation Program funds should be spent on improvements that have a regional impact. Improvements that have the greatest positive impact on the greatest number of MPO member governments will be deemed to have the greatest regional impact.

The Policy Board discussed the Draft 2014 Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and adopted Resolution 2014-20 approving the Draft Plan. The Draft Plan focuses on bicycling and walking as a form of transportation. The Plan explains that,  transportation planners are tasked with promoting infrastructure and operations strategies that have positive impacts on network capacity.  For this reason the Eastern Shore MPO Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan takes a distinctly different approach to bicycle and pedestrian planning. The plan focuses on promoting utilitarian cycling and walking while still accommodating recreational and leisure users. A utilitarian trip moves a person or product from location A to location B with the aim of accomplishing a specific purpose at location B. A trip is classified as utilitarian if the user would have taken a motor vehicle but for the user’s decision to travel by bicycle or on foot. Thus, utilitarian trips remove vehicles from the roadway and have a positive impact on network capacity.

The MPO received several comments on the Plan from individuals who both supported and opposed various aspects of the Plan. The overall response to the Plan was positive and the MPO Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee approved the Plan unanimously. The Draft Plan is available for viewing on the MPO website (www.easternshorempo.org). The Final Plan will be published for a second 30-day comment period in November and December for anticipated adoption by the MPO in January.

The MPO Policy Board agreed to submit a public comment in support of approving the Draft Environment Impact Study (EIS) for the Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Widening project. Both organizations and individuals can submit public comments supporting or opposing the Draft EIS. The Policy Board authorized Mayor Kant to submit a comment form on behalf of the MPO stating, “The Eastern Shore MPO supports approval of the Draft Environmental Impact Study for the I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Widening.” The Policy Board further authorized Mayor Kant to send a letter of support on behalf of the Policy Board specifically supporting the B’ build option for the Mobile River Bridge.

A the September meeting the Policy Board also reviewed and approved the Final Fiscal Year 2015 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) which serves as the planning and administrative budget for the MPO. The Final document was published for public comment at nineteen different locations throughout the MPO Planning Area. No public comments were received.

The next meeting of the Eastern Shore MPO Policy Board is scheduled for Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at 10:00 AM at Daphne City Hall. For more information regarding the Eastern Shore MPO please visit www.easternshorempo.org or email coordinator@easternshorempo.org.

Agenda Action Report

Public Notice – September Meetings

 

PUBLIC NOTICE

Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization

POLICY BOARD MEETING, TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC) MEETING, CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE (CAC) MEETING, AND BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE (BPAC) MEETING

The Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Board will meet on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at 10:00 AM in the Council Chambers at Daphne City Hall at 1705 Main St., Daphne, AL 36526.

The Technical Advisory Committee will meet on September 23, 2014, at 1:00 PM in the Delchamps Room at the Fairhope Municipal Complex at 161 North Section St., Fairhope, AL 36532.

The Citizens Advisory Committee will meet on September 23, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Commission Conference Room at the Fairhope Satellite Courthouse at 1100 Fairhope Ave., Fairhope, AL 36532.

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee on September 23, 2014, at 10:00 AM in the Delchamps Room at the Fairhope Municipal Complex at 161 North Section St., Fairhope, AL 36532.

The proposed combined agenda for each meeting may be viewed on the Eastern Shore MPO website: (http://www.easternshorempo.org/) fourteen days prior to the meeting.  For more information regarding any of the information above, please contact the Eastern Shore MPO at 251-990-4640.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or those requiring language translation services should contact the Eastern Shore MPO at 251-990-4640.

Public Notice

Public Notice – Public Meeting Regarding the Draft 2014 Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan

PUBLIC NOTICE

Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS REGARDING THE Draft 2014 Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan

The Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (ESMPO) has prepared the Draft 2014 Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan. The ESMPO will conduct two public meetings to receive comments on the Draft 2014 Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan:

MEETING 1:

Date: September 9, 2014

Time: 6-8 PM

Location:

Baldwin County (Fairhope) Satellite Courthouse

Commission Conference Room

1100 Fairhope Avenue

Fairhope, Alabama 36532

 

MEETING 2:

Date: September 11, 2014

Time: 6-8 PM

Location:

Daphne City Hall

Council Chambers

1705 Main Street

Daphne, Alabama 36526

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or those requiring language translation services should contact the Eastern Shore MPO at 251-990-4643.

Public Notice

Public Notice – Request for Public Comments

PUBLIC NOTICE

Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization

REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING

THE DRAFT 2014 BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN TRANSPORTATION PLAN

AND THE FINAL FY2015 UNIFIED PLANNING WORK PROGRAM

The Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (ESMPO) has prepared the Draft 2014 Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan and the Final FY 2015 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for review by the MPO Policy Board in September 2014. The purpose of the Draft 2014 Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan is to develop both long-term and short-term plans to address bicycle and pedestrian needs and impacts on the transportation network.

The UPWP is the planning and administrative budget of the MPO and details the federally funded transportation planning activities to be undertaken in the Eastern Shore Urbanized Area in FY 2015 by the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) and the Eastern Shore MPO.

The Draft 2014 Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan and Final UPWP will be available for review at the locations listed below from August 22, 2014, through September 22, 2014.  The documents may also be viewed on the ESMPO website, www. easternshorempo.org.

The MPO would like input from the public and welcomes written comments during this time. Comment forms will be available at each location.

Daphne City Hall, Clerk’s Office, Daphne

Daphne Public Library, Daphne

Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, Fairhope

Fairhope City Hall, Clerk’s Office, Fairhope

Fairhope Public Library, Fairhope

Baldwin County Fairhope Satellite Courthouse, Commission Office, Fairhope

Baldwin Rural Area Transportation System (BRATS) Hub, Fairhope

Loxley Town Hall, Clerk’s Office, Loxley

Loxley Public Library, Loxley

Alabama DOT, Division Engineer, Mobile

BRATS Hub and Headquarters, Robertsdale

Baldwin County Central Annex II, Highway Department, Robertsdale

Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, Robertsdale

Baldwin County Central Annex Commission Office, Robertsdale

Robertsdale Public Library, Robertsdale

Baldwin County Central Annex, Baldwin County Library Cooperative, Robertsdale

Spanish Fort City Hall, Clerk’s Office, Spanish Fort

Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, Spanish Fort

Oscar Johnson Memorial Library, Silverhill

 

Written comments may be submitted as follows:

U.S. Mail or Hand Delivery:

Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization

c/o Baldwin County (Fairhope) Satellite Courthouse

1100 Fairhope Avenue

Fairhope, Alabama 36532

Email:

coordinator@easternshorempo.org

Facsimile:

(251) 580-2590

Additional information regarding the Draft 2014 Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan and Unified Planning Work Program may be obtained by contacting the MPO Coordinator, Matthew Brown, at (251) 990-4640 or msbrown@baldwincountyal.gov.

 

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or those requiring language translation services should contact the Eastern Shore MPO at 251-990-4640.

Public Notice

Public Notice – Policy Board Work Session

PUBLIC NOTICE

Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization

POLICY BOARD WORK SESSION

The Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Board will meet on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at 10:00 AM in the Daphne City Hall Executive Meeting Room at 1705 Main St, Daphne, AL 36526. This meeting will be a work session to discuss establishing a policy dictating the types of projects the MPO will fund.

The proposed agenda for the meeting may be viewed on the Eastern Shore MPO website: (http://www.easternshorempo.org/) fourteen days prior to the meeting. For more information regarding any of the information above, please contact the Eastern Shore MPO at 251-990-4640.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or those requiring language translation services should contact the Eastern Shore MPO at 251-990-4640.

 

Work Session Agenda