Welcome to the Virtual Public Engagement Hub

About Virtual Public Involvement in the RTP Planning Process

This site provides an overview of virtual public engagement opportunities for the 2020-2021 Plan update.  It includes a list of the events and meetings that are scheduled to take place throughout the coming months before the Plan’s adoption in March 2021.  A summary of each month’s expected events is included below.  We invite you to visit this page often and to share this website with everyone in Skagit County.

Visit the Get Involved page to give us your feedback at any time. Remote meetings and workshops are not the only opportunity for participation!

We are sorry not to interact with you in person during the planning process. As the “Safe Start” reopening plan is implemented, we are looking forward to using all the tools in our toolbox to hear from you and create an amazing plan for the region’s future.

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Participation Timeline by Month

Keep reading for a description of planning activities expected for the Regional Transportation Plan update each month! This schedule is flexible, and the tasks and dates may change. Sign up for our e-newsletter to receive updates about how you can stay involved.

August 2020

Schedule

Aug. 19, 2020: Transportation Policy Board Meeting

The RTP update process begins. SCOG staff is working with consultants to update the regional travel demand model. This model will generate outputs of possible traffic and congestion patterns in 2045 based on population and employment trends, along with trends in travel behavior by residents.

You can engage with the planning process by attending remote public meetings of the Transportation Policy Board. Public comment is not held during the meetings due to the remote meeting format, but written public comment can be submitted to SCOG staff up to a week before the meeting.

September 2020

Schedule

Sept. 16, 2020: Transportation Policy Board Meeting

Regional Transportation Goals, Priorities, and Policies. During this time, we need your feedback! We are planning on updating the regional transportation goals and priorities for this RTP update. What is most important to you when you travel? Please provide your input via our fast and easy online survey

October 2020

Schedule

Oct. 21, 2020: Transportation Policy Board Meeting

Staff Develops a List of Transportation Projects. During this time, agencies throughout Skagit County can submit their transportation projects to be included in the Regional Transportation Plan. Typically, these projects have already been approved through a local public process. For example, a transportation project might come from a city’s adopted Comprehensive Plan. Transportation projects can include roadway, non-motorized, transit, ferry, and rail projects. These projects will be evaluated for their relevance to the transportation goals and priorities.

November 2020

Schedule

Nov. 18, 2020: Transportation Policy Board Meeting

Staff Develops a Financial Forecast for 2045. A forecast of what funding might be available in the future helps SCOG to determine how many transportation projects can be completed in the next 25 years. Unfortunately, we probably can’t fund everything. Given the list of projects submitted for the Regional Transportation Plan and the goals and priorities identified by the community, what are the most important projects to complete?

Begin Equity and Environmental Justice Analysis. Certain populations within Skagit County tend to have more barriers to accessing jobs, healthcare, education, and other services. On top of that, the costs of transportation can be a burden on already low-income families. Federally protected groups such as the low-income community, speakers of other languages with limited English, and minority populations, must be considered in the Regional Transportation Plan. At this time, staff will begin the analysis work required to ensure that the Plan benefits all residents of the Skagit region.

If you identify as low-income or as a member of a minority population and you would like to join the Equity stakeholder group, please contact SCOG staff.

December 2020

Schedule

Dec. 16, 2020: Transportation Policy Board Meeting

Prioritize the Transportation Projects. Based on the financial forecasts, staff will work with our Technical Advisory Committee and Transportation Policy Board to prioritize transportation projects for the future. Typically, transportation projects fall into three categories within the Plan:

  • Funded: These projects already have enough funding to be completed. They are the most likely to be completed by 2045, and will probably be finished long before then.
  • Planned: These projects still need more funding, but are deemed important. These projects are graded based on how well they meet the transportation priorities of the Plan.
  • Illustrative: Typically, these projects are not expected to be completed by 2045. It’s great if they are able to find funding, but the Planned projects are more likely to find funding in the future, given our analysis.

Begin Environmental Constraints Analysis. Based on feedback from local partners, including those in Tribal governments and in land conservation agencies, SCOG staff will conduct an environmental constraints analysis of the projects included in the Plan. This analysis will ensure that transportation projects in the Plan will not have an undue impact on Skagit County’s amazing natural resources.

January 2021

Schedule

Jan. 20, 2021: Transportation Policy Board Meeting

Comment on the Draft Plan. The draft Skagit 2045 Plan has been developed, and we’re looking for your feedback once again. A public comment period of at least two weeks will be held before the Transportation Policy Board takes action on the Plan during their March meeting.

February 2021

Schedule

Feb. 17, 2021: Transportation Policy Board Meeting

Comment on the Draft Plan. The draft Skagit 2045 Plan has been developed, and we’re looking for your feedback once again. A public comment period of at least two weeks will be held before the Transportation Policy Board takes action on the Plan during their March meeting.

March 2021

Schedule

Mar. 17, 2021: Transportation Policy Board Meeting

The Plan is Adopted. The Transportation Policy Board is expected to adopt the final Skagit 2045 Regional Transportation Plan at their March 2021 meeting. The next update to the Regional Transportation Plan will begin in 2025!