Federal and state regulations require public involvement activities during project development. Each public involvement opportunity allows the public a chance to provide ideas and comments regarding the development of a transportation project. Because transportation projects can greatly affect a community, public input is extremely important. Listed below are the most common public involvement events.
Public information meeting
Public information meetings are held at different stages of project development. A meeting may also be held to discuss a detour, a road closure, or right of way needs. The meeting is held as an open forum so attendees can see displays, ask questions and share concerns directly with Iowa DOT staff. During and after the meeting, individuals are encouraged to send in written comments or leave comments online regarding the project or detour.
A public hearing is held when an environmental document has been prepared and is available for the public to review. An environmental document compares different project alternatives and their influence on the environment. The hearing involves a formal presentation made by Iowa DOT staff. An open forum, where attendees may ask their questions directly to Iowa DOT staff is also part of the Public Hearing. The formal presentation is recorded and included in the final record. During and after the meeting, individuals are encouraged to send in written comments or leave comments online regarding the project.