NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON:
Adoption of the 2030 Transportation Policy Plan
For the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area
The Metropolitan Council will hold a public hearing on October 22, 2008, to accept comments on the proposed adoption of the 2030 Transportation Policy Plan for the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
The Metropolitan Council is required by federal and state law to prepare a surface transportation plan for the seven-county metropolitan area. The proposed Transportation Policy Plan meets that requirement and supports the 2030 Regional Development Framework, the development plan for the region. The proposed Transportation Policy Plan includes sections on transit, highways, aviation, freight, pedestrian and bicycle movement.
Federal law requires the Council to prepare a plan in conformance with federal transportation and air quality requirements every four years. The plan must follow federal guidance and has been drafted to address such guidance.
The 2030 Transportation Policy Plan is available on the Council's website at: http://www.metrocouncil.org/planning/transportation/TPP/2008/index.ht.
The plan document is available as a printed copy or on compact disc (CD) by calling the Council's Data Center at 651-602-1140 or 651-291-0904 (TTY). Print copies and CDs are also available for review at the main St. Paul, Minneapolis Central and county libraries. Other background materials describing the Council's transportation planning and programming efforts are also available.
Prior to the public hearing, six informational open houses will give interested parties an opportunity to view a presentation about the 2030 Transportation Policy Plan and comment or ask questions. The open houses will be held:
Thursday, Sept. 25, 5-7 p.m., Council Chambers, Minnetonka City Hall, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd.
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 5-7 p.m., Clover Leaf Room, Blaine City Hall, 10801 Town Square Dr. NE.
Thursday, Oct. 2, 5-7 p.m., Council Chambers, Woodbury City Hall, 8301 Valley Creek Rd.
Thursday, Oct. 9, 5-7 p.m., Council Chambers, Eagan City Hall, 3830 Pilot Knob Rd.
Friday, Oct. 10, 11-1 p.m., Doty Room, Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall
Thursday, Oct.16, 11-1 p.m., Alliance Bank Skyway, Sixth and Cedar Sts., St. Paul
The Metropolitan Council will hold the public hearing on the plan at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22, in the Council Chambers, 390 N. Robert St., St. Paul.
Upon request, the Council will provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities. Please call the Data Center at 651-602-1140 with your request at least five business days before the hearing.
The procedure for the hearing will be as follows:
Persons will be called to speak in order in which they have registered. Individuals may register to speak in advance by calling 651-602-1140.
Individuals will have 3 minutes each and designated representatives of groups will have 5 minutes. Once all speakers have presented, speakers may request additional time to make further comments.
The chair of the hearing shall have discretion in limiting or extending testimony by any person.
Comments also may be submitted to the Council as follows:
Mail: Metropolitan Council Data Center, 390 Robert St. N., St. Paul, MN 55101
Public Comment Line: 651-602-1500.
Comment card: Available at the Open Houses
Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m., November 6, 2008. At the close of the public comment period, the Council will prepare a hearing summary. To request a copy of the hearing summary call the Data Center at 651-602-1140 or 651-291-0904 (TTY). The Council plans to adopt the Transportation Policy Plan in December 2008.