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Public Involvement/CSS:

Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) is a collaborative public involvement approach that engages all project stakeholders and uses a flexible, creative design approach to develop, construct and maintain cost effective transportation facilities. A stakeholder is defined as anyone who could be affected by the project and has a stake in its outcome. The inclusive process contributes to the selection of an improvement design that fits into its surroundings or its “context”. CSS addresses all modes of transportation, and strives to preserve scenic, aesthetic, historic and environmental resources while maintaining safety and mobility.

The purpose of CSS is to gather and duly consider project input from all interested parties by promoting extensive public involvement and frequent communication with stakeholders. A detailed program is developed and tailored to the specific outreach needs of each project, compiled in a document known as the Stakeholder Involvement Plan, or SIP. The information collected through the CSS process, coupled with detailed technical analysis, form the basis for ultimate project decisions made by the joint lead agencies for the project, IDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
 

Stakeholder Involvement Plan (SIP):

As part of the overall public involvement program for the Illinois Route 2 Study, a Stakeholder Involvement Plan, or SIP, has been developed and will set forth opportunities for public involvement and participation in the study. The SIP serves as a blueprint for defining the outreach tools and methods, creates a framework for promoting and achieving consensus, identifies the roles and responsibilities of study participants, and establishes the timing of activities planned throughout the study to engage the public in the process. The SIP also provides the forum for communicating the decision-making process between the public, local agencies and government officials to identify transportation solutions. The Illinois Route 2 Stakeholder Involvement Plan (V.5 - August, 2012) is available for review. Click here to view the Stakeholder Involvement Plan.


 

Citizen Advisory Group (CAG):

To assist with the development of the Illinois Route 2 Phase I Study, IDOT will create a Citizen Advisory Group (CAG). The purpose of the CAG is to provide input on various study elements including defining needs, developing evaluation criteria and determining means of addressing the needs. The CAG consists of community leaders from the study area and stakeholders with specific interest in the project corridor. CAG membership will initially be developed by the Project Study Group, and will include a wide cross-section of corridor interests. Municipal and County leaders and technical staff, property and business owners, residents and interested citizens will be invited to attend. In addition, individuals wishing to be considered for serving on the CAG can do so by signing up on the project website or by filling out a form at public meetings. CAG membership will promote balanced representation of corridor stakeholders in an effective and manageable workshop setting. The responsibilities of this group include providing input to the study process and reaching a consensus at key project milestones. Information from CAG meetings will be posted here as it becomes available.

Meetings and Minutes

Outreach Meetings:

Public Meetings - There will be two public meetings scheduled for the Illinois Route 2 Phase I Study, a Public Information Open House meeting and a Public Awareness Meeting.

Public Informational Open House Held March 9, 2011
IDOT hosted a second public meeting, the Public Informational Open House, for the IL 2 N. Main Street Project Study on March 9, 2011. The meeting was held at the Spectrum School located at 2909 N. Main Street in Rockford. The purpose of the meeting was to share initial design concept recommendations developed by the IL 2 Citizen’s Advisory Group (click here for meeting materials), and solicit feedback from interested stakeholders. The meeting was held in an open house format, and interested persons could visit anytime between 1:00 and 6:00 p.m. Attendees had the opportunity to review exhibits, provide comments, and meet with IDOT and study team representatives to discuss the project.

Public Awareness Meeting – IDOT hosted the first public awareness meeting on August 5, 2010 to kick off the Illinois Route 2 Phase I Planning and Environmental Study. It was held at EIGERlab which is located at 605 Fulton Avenue in Rockford. The purpose of the meeting was to introduce the project and gather input from the public. Interested persons could visit anytime between 1:00 and 6:00 p.m. IDOT provided information regarding the study schedule and process, study area characteristics and public involvement opportunities. Attendees had the opportunity to review exhibits, provide comments, and meet with IDOT and study team representatives on a one-on-one basis.

Public Informational Open House Held July 11, 2012 – IDOT hosted a third public meeting, a Public Informational Open House, for the Illinois Route 2/N. Main Street Phase I Study on July 11, 2012. The meeting was held at the Spectrum School located at 2909 N. Main Street in Rockford. The purpose of the meeting was to share the preliminary design layout developed from recommendations by the IL 2 Citizen’s Advisory Group (click here for meeting materials), and solicit feedback from interested stakeholders. The meeting was held in an open house format, and interested persons could visit anytime between 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Attendees had the opportunity to review exhibits, provide comments, and meet with IDOT and study team representatives to discuss the project. Attendees also had the opportunity to view and comment on the anticipated impacts of the project to Brown Park. The displays included a variety of information including proposed right-of-way and temporary construction easement needs. The meeting was the last public meeting scheduled as a part of the Phase I preliminary design.

Meeting Summaries


Citizen Advisory Group Meetings
IDOT will be enlisting the input of the Illinois Route 2 Citizen Advisory Group (CAG) to assist with the project. This group of community leaders from the study area, and stakeholders with expertise or technical interest in environmental, land use, transportation, and economic development will meet throughout the duration of the study. CAG membership will initially be developed by the Project Study Group, and will include a wide cross-section of corridor interests. Municipal and County leaders and technical staff, property and business owners, residents and interested citizens will be invited to attend. In addition, individuals wishing to be considered for serving on the CAG can do so by signing up on the project website or by filling out a form at public meetings. CAG membership will promote balanced representation of corridor stakeholders in an effective and manageable workshop setting.

Involvement Opportunities:
There will be several methods for the public to become involved and obtain information about the project. These methods will provide information and opportunity for feedback regarding upcoming public meeting events, project schedule, and general project status updates within the study area.

Citizen Advisory Group – To assist in the development of the environmental and engineering studies for the Illinois Route 2 study, IDOT is forming a Citizen Advisory Group (CAG). The purpose of the CAG is to provide input on various study elements including defining needs and alternative development and evaluation criteria. The CAG consists of community leaders from the study area and stakeholders with specific interest in the project corridor. The responsibilities of this group include providing input to the study process and reaching a consensus at key project milestones. Stakeholders can contact CAG members to make them aware of specific concerns and questions. Contact information will be provided when it becomes available.

Public Outreach Meetings - Stakeholder involvement for the Illinois Route 2 study will be an ongoing process from project initiation through completion. Various meetings will be held throughout the project development process to provide opportunities for all stakeholders to offer project input and feedback, including:

Agency, Municipal, County and Civic Group Meetings: Agency, Municipal and County meetings will be held on an as-needed basis to discuss and coordinate specific project issues with those that would be impacted by the project.

Public Meetings: Public meetings will be held at key points during the project development phase to engage the public. The purpose of the meetings will be to gather the thoughts and concerns regarding the information presented. Questions raised by meeting participants, depending on the nature, will be either answered immediately or addressed in subsequent meetings, letters or other communication mechanisms. Comments received at the public meetings will be documented, and the information will be considered as a part of the analysis and evaluation of the proposed improvements. Individuals on the mailing list will receive invitations in the mail announcing future meetings.

Other Public Involvement Opportunities

In addition to the meeting opportunities described in the preceding section, there will be several other methods for the public to obtain information about the project. These methods (noted below) will provide information and opportunity for feedback regarding upcoming public meeting events, project schedule, and general project status updates within the study area.

Mailing List and e-subscription
To support public meeting invitations, newsletter distribution and other direct public contact, a mailing list has been developed and will be regularly updated. Phone numbers and e-mail addresses will be added to the list, as available. If you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive printed project materials or to receive electronic notices about website updates, please fill out the Question/Comment Submittal Form in the “Contact Us” section of the Information Center.

Newsletters
Newsletters will be printed over the course of the study. These publications will feature the latest project news and will be used as a means of communicating information about the project.

Question/Comment Submittal Form
Please fill out a comment form, as we are interested in your thoughts and ideas. This will add you to our mailing list to receive meeting notices and other mailings unless you ask not to receive them. The comment form is located in the “Contact Us” section of the Information Center.
 

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