A series of technical tasks will be performed to answer the following key questions:
Public involvement is woven throughout the technical process to ensure that the Plan is a reflection of
the needs of those that live, work, do business, and visit Louisiana. Public involvement can take many
forms, but there are distinct purposes, regardless of the type:
The following table presents an overview of public involvement activities in the Plan. It indicates the
activity type, when it is likely to occur in the process, and the purpose (as defined above). More detail is
provided on each activity in the next section.
There will be seven Advisory Councils comprised of both public and private sector representatives that
will be independent bodies providing technical input and reviewing Plan findings and recommendations.
An Executive Advisory Committee will serve as facilitator between the individual Advisory Councils (ACs)
and the Policy Committee. The Policy Committee will include the Secretaries of DOTD and Economic Development,
as sell as others, to reflect the importance of transportation to the economic well-being of Louisiana.
There will be three rounds of meetings of the Advisory Councils (ACs) and the Policy Committee during
the Plan process. The individual ACs will provide technical information on current conditions and issues
as well as review needs and recommendations. The Executive Advisory Council will confirm Plan
directions and assist in the development of information to the Policy Committee. The Policy Committee
will ultimately be the “adopting” authority of the Plan and will review status/findings and provide
guidance on Plan messages.
The public, stakeholders, and other interested parties will be able to stay in touch with the project and
review key documents via the web page. The web site will be updated periodically
to reflect Plan products, schedule, and upcoming events. There will be the opportunity to provide
comment via the web site.
There are several techniques the Plan will use to obtain public input. These include:
Interviews will be conducted with members of the Policy Committee and selected members of the
Executive Advisory Committee to “take the pulse” on current transportation issues that might shape the
Plan process. Topics will include vision and values for the future of transportation in Louisiana as well as
critical current needs.
A survey will be distributed to the Legislature to receive feedback on transportation funding issues. This
input will be considered in the development of financial scenarios and funding options to be evaluated.
A telephone survey will be used to gauge public opinion on a variety of issues germane to the
recommendations of the Plan. Information from the initial interviews and legislative questionnaire will
be used to develop the questions. The poll will seek to determine, among other topics:
Working with FHWA and DOTD staff, the Consultant Team will determine the list of Indian Tribes to
consult and the appropriate consultation method. At the least, a letter will be issued notifying the
designated Indian Tribes of the planning process and inviting their participation. The letter will provide
contact information to receive a questionnaire or be scheduled for an interview to determine what
types of projects, and specific locations or undertakings, are of concern to individual Tribes.
As the Plan development process progresses, activities will begin to switch focus from receiving inputs
to informing interested parties on how input was used in the process and on overall progress. Final
activities provide information and receive comment to validate Plan findings and recommendations.
One of the last activities associated with obtaining input to guide development of the Plan is the series
of advocate presentation meetings. A roster will be developed of various groups, commissions, task
forces, and governmental entities who wish to make presentations to the DOTD about major
transportation improvement projects or programs that they are advocating and want to be considered
in the Plan process. These entities will be invited to a scheduled time slot in a four-day period to
present specific information on their proposed project such as its description, purpose and need,
benefits/impacts, implementation cost, importance to the state, potential funding sources, and other
reasons why the project should be considered in the Plan process.
Listening to the presentations will be a panel that is likely to include members of the Regional Planning
Officials Advisory Council, and representatives from DOTD and the Consultant Team.
DOTD provides a status report at the yearly Legislative Public Hearings conducted for the annual
Highway Program. This report will include current status of the Plan as well as any key findings or issues
The availability of the Plan on the web for comment will be advertised by DOTD in statewide and local
media. Other methods of communicating Plan elements through webinars, targeted presentations, and
meetings will be considered.