The Green River Area Development District (GRADD) partners with the Kentucky Transportation Planning to facilitate and coordinate regional transportation planning for the non-metropolitan counties of Hancock, McLean, Ohio, Union, and Webster. Daviess and Henderson County’s transportation planning is coordinated by the Owensboro-Daviess County Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Evansville Metropolitan Planning Organization respectively.
The purpose of the GRADD Public Involvement Plan is to describe actions the GRADD Regional Transportation Committee (RTC) shall take to provide opportunities for the public to be involved in the statewide transportation planning process. It serves as a guide for the ADD to follow in planning public involvement opportunities. True public involvement is central to good decision making. Without meaningful public involvement, there is a risk of making less than optimal decisions. With it, there can be a lasting contribution to the regional well being of our neighborhoods, towns, cities, and counties. The best policy decisions by government are made in context of public participation.
The goal of the public involvement plan will be to broaden the public input process in an effort to reach more sectors of the public. Public awareness is a very important element in gaining public input. Emphasizing the importance of communicating and coordinating with other agencies and interests is also vital to the public involvement process. Ultimately, public involvement enhances the ability to implement transportation solutions that improve safety and efficiency, protect natural and human environments, and contribute to community vitality.
Regional Transportation Asset Inventory (RTAI)
The RTAI is utilized as a resource document for the entire region while developing goals and objectives for the transportation system, identifying and evaluating needs, reviewing and documenting projects, and throughout the prioritization/ranking process. The RTAI is the “umbrella” that houses data collection components relevant to regional transportation. The RTAI document consists of an introduction for each component detailing the reason for, location maps and what recommendations if any can be construed from existing data and research. It is designed to be multi-modal in nature and address all forms of transportation in the region to include highways, air, river, rail, transit, pedestrian and bicycle.
The purpose is to involve local leaders, public officials, and the general public in the transportation planning process. It is designed to develop a working relationship between local leaders, transportation officials and planners, and concerned citizens, with the goal of creating an open environment, allowing for open and informed public input, so those transportation plans receive local acceptance and support. The elements collected in the RTAI can be used as a means of generating better input from local officials and citizens concerning transportation issues and projects.