In 2005, NWMCOG, now Networks Northwest, staff created a Citizens’ Guide to Transportation Planning. The guide helps citizens understand the transportation planning process. It provides a thorough explanation, in plain English, of the many factors involved in transportation and issues specific to Northwest Michigan. It also provides key statistics, definitions, opportunities, and challenges. Citizen participation throughout the process is stressed, and the guide gives contact information for Transportation Planning Agencies and County Planning Offices.
Effective transportation planning is vital to the strength of Northwest Lower Michigan. We are dependent on transportation networks for the shipment of goods and services throughout the region, state, nation, and the world. Additionally, because there is such a large tourism base in the region, there is an increased need for reliable and efficient transportation systems for residents and tourists alike. This guide explains the transportation planning process and transportation issues in our region. Transportation involves many things that affect everyone’s quality of life, including:
An important component of the transportation planning process is informed and productive citizen participation. We at Networks Northwest wish to encourage the message:
The earlier citizens are involved with the process, the more likely the results they desire will be achieved. We have done our best to present this guide in plain English, but transportation planning appears to have its own language. If you have any questions about any of the terms or acronyms used, there is a glossary located at the back of the guide for your reference. If you are still unclear about a particular term or subject area, contact your local planning agency or road commission. All contact information can be found at the end of this guide on page 30.