Public Involvement Plan
The New Bern Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (NBAMPO) was established in 2013 as a result of the 2010 decennial Census. The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1962 states that any Urbanized Area (UZA) with a population greater than 50,000 is designated as an MPO. The Census Bureau establishes UZA boundaries. In addition to meeting all the federal requirements for an urbanized area, MPOs are responsible for Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) project selection, and are subject to a comprehensive Federal review of their planning processes.
The New Bern Area MPO is located in Eastern North Carolina along the Neuse and Trent Rivers and includes the Town of Bridgeton, City of New Bern, urban areas of Craven County, Town of River Bend and Town of Trent Woods. According to the 2010 Census, the New Bern Urbanized Area population was 51,503. NBAMPO is governed by two committees; the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) and the Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC).
The NBAMPO strives to ensure an open transportation planning process where the free exchange of ideas and information and the opportunity for early and continuous input from interested parties can take place in an effective manner. The purpose of this plan is to outline the public participation process required for successful completion, adoption and implementation of the NBAMPO plans and programs.
The Public Involvement Plan describes public involvement programs that will apply to all of the MPO’s major planning activities, including the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), the Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP), the Planning Work Program (PWP) and the MPO’s provisions for the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The NBAMPO will disseminate information and seek public input through a menu of techniques, including public notices, comment periods, public hearings, newsletters, surveys, media outlets and the use of committees, with citizen representatives as appointed. The techniques employed will vary, depending on the specific planning task. The NBAMPO will hold a forty five (45) day public review period for the Public Involvement Plan if substantial changes are made since the last update. The following outreach methods will be utilized to notify the public of the comment period:
- A notice will be placed on the MPO website; and
- A notice will be placed on social media sites; and
- A notice will be placed on jurisdiction websites; and
- A notice will be published in the local newspaper prior to initiation of the public comment period.