Involving the public in decisions and implementation is essential to the regional planning process. Public participation involves both the education of and outreach to citizens by CARPC involving topics relevant to the commission and its work, as well as soliciting input and critique from citizens on commission actions.
The CARPC is in the process of developing a Public Participation Program that use various methods to solicit, listen to, process, and utilize public feedback.
Currently the CARPC provides the following means for public input and involvement.
- Public hearings on amendments to the Dane County Land Use and Transportation Plan and the Water Quality Plan (amendments to Urban and Limited Service Areas and Environmental Corridors). The Public is welcome to provide input to the commission by speaking or submitting written comments at the hearings. Notices are posted on the CARPC website and by afffected units of government.
- Public Informational meetings regarding major initiatives and plan updates. These meetings provide information to the public and encourage discussion on specific issues.
- Public Workshops regarding major initiatives and plan updates. These workshops provide opportunities for the public to have hands-on experience resolving specific issues.
- Technical Advisory Committee meetings to solicit input from experts in various fields in natural and environmental sciences and engineering.
- Adhoc Advising Task Force meetings to solicit input regarding CARPC policies and criteria.
- Outreach Meetings and Interviews to solicit input regarding CARPC policies and criteria.
- Capital Region Sustainable Communities Blog lists current planning planning projects and news, and the Forum allows for public discussion of related topics.
- Future Urban Development Area (FUDA) outreach activities.
CARPC staff reports analyzing proposed plan amendments are posted on the CARPC website at the same time as the Public hearing notice is posted. This provides the public with 30 days to review the staff report for detailed information about a proposal.
Comments or Questions and be submitted to CARPC staff or commissioners in the following ways:
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