Public input is vital to our planning process for a couple of reasons. First, we are planning for studies and projects that are funded by taxpayers, and so it is important that taxpayers have a voice in how their money is spent. Second, we believe strongly that as a community we are collectively smarter than any single individual among us. Therefore, by involving more people and hearing more voices in the planning process, we can write higher quality, more implementable plans that meet more needs.
This page is all about how you can be involved in our process.
Our Stakeholder Engagement Plan
The SEP will help members of the public and affected organizations understand how to participate effectively in the APO’s planning processes.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division has a website devoted to steps that public agencies can take to ensure their public meetings are fully accessible. It’s included in our SEP by reference, but can also be seen by clicking this link: Meeting on a Level Playing Field
Current Public Input Opportunities
Below is a list of all current and upcoming public input opportunities:
- The APO continues to encourage public input and comment through our on-line products, the Active Transportation Survey and the Wikimap, for use in developing the regional Active Transportation Plan. Please be advised that the APO will close these survey opportunities on June 30, 2020.
- The Draft 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) has been released for public comment. Community members are able to provide their feedback on the draft document between June 24 and July 24, 2020.
- The APO has also developed online surveys about the roadway, bridge, transit, and active transportation projects to be constructed that are slated to receive Federal funding between 2021 and 2024. See the “Current Public Surveys” section below for links to the surveys.
- APO Senior Transportation Planner Vicki Johnson will be hosting a virtual public input meeting via Facebook Live from noon until 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, on the APO’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/stcloudapo/).
Current Public Surveys
Online surveys enable us to get more input from more people, including those who cannot attend a formal public input meeting. Combining online input with in-person input often gives us a clearer picture of public opinion.
The following links are for current surveys in which you are invited to participate:
- To take our survey on walking and bicycling, click HERE.
- To go to our Wikimap where you can indicate preferred walking and bicycling routes and identify problem areas, click HERE.
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- What follows is a series of public surveys regarding the Draft 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP):
- Benton County: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GCW9GTQ
- Stearns County: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/57ZJHTS
- City of Saint Cloud: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GX7ZPJR
- City of Sartell: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G3PXSTS
- City of Sauk Rapids: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GH8XZGT
- Saint Cloud Metro Bus: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/63NFQX6
- Minnesota Department of Transportation: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B7WQVCB
- Full 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5QXVVW3
Results of Past Surveys
Here are the results from some recent online surveys:
- In April 2020, we solicited public comments on a proposed change to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). You can see that feedback by clicking HERE.
- In February 2020, we solicited public comments on a number of proposed changes to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). You can see that feedback by clicking HERE.
- In January 2020, we solicited public comments on a number of proposed changes to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). You can see that feedback by clicking HERE.
- We released a series of public surveys asking for comments on the draft 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)
- In August 2019, we asked for public feedback regarding the APO’s public input efforts over the past year; you can see the feedback by clicking HERE.
- In July 2019, we asked for public opinion about a set of possible new APO logos. You can click HERE to see a summary of the survey input.