CITIZEN PARTICIPATION AND THE ROLE OF THE PUBLIC HEARING

Presented is an evaluation of the pre-hearing and post-hearing procedures being utilized by transportation agencies. Information for the study was obtained through documents and interviews with the public hearing officer, or his equivalent, in each state highway and/or transportation department. In 29 agencies the programs have centralized administrations whereby the majority of mandates emanate from the central office. In the remaining 21 agencies the responsibility for hearing administration is delegated to district or regional offices. The study also showed the showed the existence of a growing trend for agencies to utilize independent moderators at public hearings, especially if the hearings are likely to produce controversy. Also it was found that the most efficient and widely used pre-hearing technique is the informal pre-hearing meeting. The specifics of hearing/meeting notification and hearing structure and content are discussed.

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    Virginia Highway and Transportation Research Council

    Charlottesville, VA  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Perfater, M A
  • Publication Date: 1975-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: 24 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00097657
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: VHTRC 75-R36
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1975 12:00AM