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Citizen Advisory Committee Members Needed to Represent Glades County

April 27, 2016
Citizen Advisory Committee Members Needed to Represent Glades County

The Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) serving DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands and Okeechobee Counties invites those that live or work in the Glades County and are interested in transportation planning to submit an application for the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). The application is available www.heartlandregionaltpo.org or by email at info@heartlandregionaltpo.org. Applicants will be reviewed by local governments and appointed by the HRTPO Board.

“The committee provides recommendations on transportation planning and weigh in on the issues that affect their community,” stated committee Chair Mark Morton, director of strategic real estate and business development at US Sugar. “As a new organization that includes six counties, this committee is critical in identifying the transportation needs of the public and opportunities to meet those needs.”

The CAC meets at least quarterly at a convenient location to be determined by the members. The committee operates under the Sunshine Act and all meetings are open to the public. Members are not required to file a disclosure of financial interest.

The HRTPO seeks a membership that is representational of the area and fosters engagement of traditionally underserved communities. The guidelines outlined in the Public Participation Plan, which can be found at www.heartlandregionaltpo.org, calls for the committee to have two representatives from each member county, and one member each from the cities of Sebring and Avon Park to total 14 members.

Representatives from the following interest areas are encouraged:

  • Agriculture Industry
  • Chambers of Commerce and Small Business
  • Economic Development
  • Education including K-12 and Post-Secondary
  • Individuals with Disabilities
  • Limited English Proficiency Populations
  • Migrant Populations
  • Minority Populations
  • Socio-Economic Disadvantaged
  • Senior Citizen Populations
  • Transportation Disadvantaged
  • Workforce Development

Designated on November 17, 2014 by Governor Rick Scott of Florida, the HRTPO will assist in preparing the region for increasing urbanization and infrastructure investment through the continuing development of a twenty-year Long Range Transportation Plan and a five-year Transportation Improvement Program among other transportation planning activities.

For more information, contact Marybeth Soderstrom, Community Engagement Manager by email msoderstrom@cfrpc.org, mail to 555 East Church Street, Bartow, FL 33830, or call (863) 534-7130 x 134.

Public Comment Period Open: Draft Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for HRTPO

April 16, 2016
Public Comment Period Open:  Draft Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for HRTPO

The Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) is seeking comments from the public on the Draft Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for Fiscal Years 2016/2017 – 2017/2018.  The UPWP is a biennial document covering two budget years, and the TPO year is July 1 through June 30.  Development of the UPWP is required to detail the tasks that will be undertaken by the HRTPO, its staff and committees.  This document provides a description of the required work tasks and resulting products, who will perform the work, timeframes, detailed budget for expenditures on those tasks, as well as the source of funds. The draft UPWP must be reviewed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), and approved by June 30.  The adopted UPWP forms the basis for federal and state transportation planning funds to be granted through agreements or grants to the HRTPO.

View the draft plan here: http://heartlandregionaltpo.org/download/plans/Draft-Unified-Planning-Work-Program-2016-2018-4-16-16.pdf

The comment period for the Draft UPWP begins on April 16, 2016 and comments will be accepted through May 16, 2016. After the comment period closes and all input has been considered, the Draft UPWP will be presented for final adoption to the HRTPO Board on May 25, 2016 with at least seven (7) days public notice. The documents may be found at www.heartlandregionaltpo.org.  Anyone interested in submitting a comment may do so by contacting Marybeth Soderstrom, Community Engagement Manager by email msoderstrom@cfrpc.org, mail to 555 East Church Street, Bartow, FL 33830, or call (863) 534-7130 x 134.

About the HRTPO
The Heartland Regional TPO is a federally mandated transportation policy-making organization that coordinates transportation plans for the Heartland region including the six counties of DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands and Okeechobee and the urbanized area of Highlands County including the cities of Sebring and Avon Park. The HRTPO does not discriminate against any person with respect to a HRTPO program, activity or service and adheres to the Federal non-discrimination requirements under Title VI and other related regulations and statutes. The HRTPO strives to ensure full and fair participation by all potentially affected individuals, groups and communities in the transportation decision-making process. To learn more about the HRTPO, visit our website at www.heartlandregionaltpo.org.

Plans Scheduled for Adoption at HRTPO Meeting on March 16 in Sebring

March 9, 2016
Plans Scheduled for Adoption at HRTPO Meeting on March 16 in Sebring

Where: Highlands County Board of County Commissioner Chambers
600 South Commerce Ave B104 | Sebring, FL 33870
Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Time: 10AM

The Heartland Regional Transportation Organization presented the draft Transportation Improvement Program 2015/2016 – 2019/2020  and the draft Long Range Transportation Plan 2040 to the Heartland Region on February 3, 2016 for a 30-day public comment period. Copies of the draft were mailed to the public libraries in the region and county and city municipal offices. The plan was also available for review and comment electronically on the organization’s website, www.heartlandregionaltpo.org. Based on comments received during the 30-day comment period, changes have been highlighted in the document with additions underlined and deletions are shown with a strike-through.

Interested parties may comment prior to the meeting by contacting Marybeth Soderstrom, Community Engagement Manager by email at msoderstrom@cfrpc.org, mail to 555 East Church Street, Bartow, FL 33830, or by calling (863) 534-7130 x 134. Public comments will also be invited preceding adoption at the March 16 meeting.

Contact us at 863-534-7130 or heartlandregionaltpo.org for more information.

HRTPO Seeking Public Comments on 2 Draft Transportation Plans

February 8, 2016
HRTPO Seeking Public Comments on 2 Draft Transportation Plans

The Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) is seeking comments from the public on two draft transportation plans. The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) outlines the roadway, aviation, and transit projects that are scheduled and funded for the next five-years, while the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) identifies regional goals and transportation projects with a horizon of 25-years.

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