PROCEEDINGS OF A PANEL DISCUSSION ON COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN HIGHWAY PLANNING AND DESIGN

EFFECTIVE INVOLVEMENT OF THE PUBLIC, AS WELL AS OF STATE, REGIONAL, AND LOCAL OFFICIALS AND AGENCIES, IN ALL PHASES OF HIGHWAY PLANNING IS RECEIVING CONSIDERABLE ATTENTION. WHILE PAST PRACTICES GENERALLY HAVE BEEN ORIENTED AROUND THE USE OF ONE OR MORE PUBLIC HEARINGS, MANY NOW RECOGNIZE THE LIMITATIONS OF THIS APPROACH AND HAVE BEEN EXPLORING A VARIETY OF CHANGES IN THE WAY A HIGHWAY AGENCY CAN INTERACT MUUH THE FULL SPECTRUM OF COMMUNITY INTERESTS. TEN TRANSPORTATION PROFESSIONALS MET IN WASHINGTON, D.C. ON JANUARY 26, 1973, TO DISCUSS QUESTIONS CONCERNING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT NOW FACING STATE TRANSPORTATION AGENCIES. THE GROUP REPRESENTED A RANGE OF PROFESSIONAL AND GEOGRAPHIC VIEWPOINTS AND EXPLORED A NUMBER OF PRACTICAL, AS WELL AS MORE GENERAL, ASPECTS OF ACHIEVING EFFECTIVE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT. MICHAEL LASH, DIRECTOR OF THE U.S. FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION'S OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, SERVED AS MODERATOR OF THE DAY'S DISCUSSION. TOPICS DISCUSSED DURING THE DAY INCLUDED EXPERIENCE WITH VARIOUS TECHNIQUES AND PRACTICES, MEANS OF OBTAINING EFFECTIVE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT DURING SYSTEM PLANNING, POSSIBLE CHANGES IN PERSONNEL AND IN INSTITUTIONAL STRUCTURES, AND AN EXPLORATION OF WHY THERE IS A NEED FOR MORE INVOLVEMENT TODAY THAN IN PAST YEARS. THIS REPORT IS AN EDITED TRANSCRIPT OF THE DAY'S PROCEEDINGS. THE MATERIAL SHOULD BE OF INTEREST TO ALL THOSE ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN TODAY'S HIGHWAY AND PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAM.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Transportation and Community Values
    Cambridge, MA  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Suhrbier, J H
    • Bennett, E D
  • Publication Date: 1973-1-26

Media Info

  • Pagination: 531 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00239761
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 15 1974 12:00AM