Public Involvement/Agency Coordination Plan
This document is a plan for public involvement and agency coordination activities to provide information and timely input to the Circ-Williston EIS Study. It has been developed by Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration to insure the public has the opportunity to learn about and participate in the development of an Environmental Impact Statement for transportation improvements between I-89 and Williston, Essex and Essex Junction.
The overall goal of public involvement and agency coordination is to provide two-way communication that informs about the study, gathers specific input to the study, and builds public confidence and trust in the study process.
The public involvement plan has been developed with the following principles:
Key Steps in the Process:
As the agency charged with evaluating transportation needs and providing transportation facilities for the state of Vermont, VTrans is studying alternatives for making transportation improvements between I-89 and the communities of Williston, Essex and Essex Junction. The project area includes existing I-89 exits 11 and 12. A critical part of this study is to develop an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to help evaluate these alternatives. Public involvement and agency coordination are both required in developing the EIS, and they are critical to the successful development of an alternative that most people can support.
While the public will be encouraged to ask questions and make comments throughout the development of the EIS, there are key points when focused public input will be sought. The EIS study team will consider and utilize public input at each phase. Public meetings/forums will be held at the following key points in the study:
Elements of the Plan:
The Public Involvement Plan has several elements to inform and involve the public in a meaningful way in the development of the EIS. The study team will be accessible to the public, share information in a complete and understandable manner, and record and consider all public comments and concerns. The plan will be implemented through activities that fall into three broad but interrelated areas:
Description of Public Involvement Activities:
VTrans is coordinating with all federal and state regulatory and resource agencies concerned with the Circ-Williston Project.
The basic mechanisms for coordination are
In addition, the Project team will coordinate with individual agencies or topic-oriented groups of agencies as needed during the preparation of the study. All cooperating agencies will be kept aware of the overall coordination of activities occurring with agency groups or individual agencies.