NEPA, as the PennDOT designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Schuylkill counties, is contracted through a work plan to coordinate transportation planning initiatives in the MPO region.  The NEPA MPO is continuously revising and adapting our public participation and community outreach initiatives that fully engage all stakeholders in our planning and decision-making process.

The NEPA MPO has a commitment to engaging the public in a process that is:

Open

a process that is open is accessible, unrestricted, and understandable

Cooperative

a process that is cooperative is accommodating to a wide range of needs and diverse perspectives

Collaborative

a process that is collaborative cultivates opportunities for new partnerships and fosters teamwork

Continuing

a process that is continuing is proactive and responsive to the purpose it is intended to serve

The NEPA MPO is updating its Public Participation Plan, Title VI Plan and Limited English Proficiency Plan. The Public Participation Plan outlines the policies, procedures and processes for all public involvement activities within the NEPA MPO. The Public Participation Plan acts as a guide for the public involvement in the development of regional projects, plans and programs including the Long Range Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program. The Title VI Plan and Limited English Proficiency Plan are part of the Public Participation Plan and outline the NEPA MPO’s efforts to comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to ensure that the plans, programs and processes developed by the NEPA MPO consider the needs of environmental justice populations including minority and low-income persons, and individuals traditionally underserved by the transportation system including those with Limited English Proficiency, seniors and persons with disabilities.

To view the draft 2024 Public Participation Plan, click here.
To view the draft 2024 Title VI Plan, click here.
To view the draft 2024 Limited English Proficiency Plan, click here.

The NEPA MPO will hold a 45-day public comment period on the draft Public Participation Plan, Title VI Plan and Limited English Proficiency Plan beginning on Friday, March 1, 2024 and ending on Monday, April 15, 2024.  Comments on the draft plans can be submitted to the NEPA MPO at 1151 Oak Street, Pittston, PA 18640 or by emailing Kate McMahon at kmcmahon@nepa-alliance.org.  

In addition, a public meeting to provide comments on the draft plans will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 9:30 AM at the following locations:

  • Monroe County Planning Commission, 701 Main Street, 4th Floor, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
  • Carbon County Emergency Management Agency, 1264 Emergency Lane, Nesquehoning, PA 18240
  • Pike County Administration Building, 506 Broad St., Milford, PA 18337
  • Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation, Union Station, 2nd Floor, 1 Progress Circle, Pottsville, PA 17901

Attendance at the public meeting will also be available via phone and video conference. The virtual meeting information is below.

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Phone Number: 323-475-1191  
Conference ID: 418 625 295

Persons who plan to attend the announced meeting and require language interpretation services and/or special accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act should contact ADA Coordinator, Kate McMahon, at least two (2) business days prior to the meeting by phone at (570) 655-5581, ext. 249, by written letter to NEPA MPO, 1151 Oak Street, Pittston, PA 18640, or by email to kmcmahon@nepa-alliance.org.

El contenido de este anuncio está disponible en formatos alternativos y otros idiomas a petición. Para pedir servicios de interpretacion de idiomas, comunicándose con NEPA MPO. Las personas que planean asistir a la reunion anunciada y requieren servicios de interpretación de idiomas y / o alojamientos y clasifican bajo el acto de American with Disabilities, deben comunicarse con la Coordinadora de ADA, Kate McMahon, al menos dos (2) días hábiles antes de dicha reunión por teléfono al (570) 655-5581, extensión 249, o en carta escrita a NEPA MPO, 1151 Oak Street, Pittston, PA 18640, o por correo electrónico a kmcmahon@nepa-alliance.org.

Powyzszy document/ Informacja jest rowniez dostepna w innych formatach i innych jezykach na zyczenie kontaktujac sie z Northeastern Pennsylvania Metropolitan Organizacja Planowania (NEPA MPO). Osoby ktore planuja wziasc udzial w Ogloszonych/ Spotkaniach a wymagaja pomocy tlumaczenia jezyka lub specjalnej pomocy/udogodnien w ramach amerykanskiej ustawy o niepelnosprawnych nalezy skontaktowac sie z koordynatorką ADA, Kate McMahon, co najmniej 2 (dwa) dni przed spotkaniem, telefoniczny pod numer 570.655.5581, ewe. 249, droga pisemna NEPA MPO 1151 Oak Street, Pittston, PA 18640 lub prze e-mail kmcmahon@nepa-alliance.org.

 

NEPA is continuously revising and adapting the MPO’s public participation and community outreach initiatives that fully engage all stakeholders in our planning and decision-making process. NEPA makes every effort to employ initiatives that:

  • educate the public,
  • encourage participation by individuals and groups, and,
  • respond to the stakeholder input and feedback.

The current NEPA MPO Public Participation Plan can be found here.

The draft 2024 NEPA MPO Public Participation Plan can be found here.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a non-discrimination statute. Specifically, Title VI, as amended, provides that:

No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

  • The Title VI Plan can be found here.
  • The Title VI Notice can be found here.
  • The Title VI Complaint Form can be found here.
  • The draft 2024 Title VI Plan can be found here.

The Limited English Proficiency Plan establishes a clear strategy that ensures meaningful access to the MPO’s planning and decision-making processes by individuals with limited English proficiency. 

The current Limited English Proficiency Plan can be found here.

The draft 2024 Limited English Proficiency Plan can be found here.

Environmental Justice (EJ) is a component of Title VI which includes three fundamental principles:

  • To avoid, minimize, or mitigate disproportionately high or and adverse human health or environmental effects, including social and economic, on minority populations and low-income populations.
  • To ensure the full and fair participation by all potentially affected communities in the transportation decision-making process.
  • To prevent the denial of, reduction in, or significant delay in the receipt of benefits by minority and low-income populations

An Environmental Justice Benefits and Burdens Analysis was conducted during the development of the NEPA MPO 2023-2026 Transportation Improvement Program.  It can be found here.