FHWA and ADOT holding Pima County focus groups
FHWA and ADOT have invited the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (U.S. Institute) to facilitate a discussion regarding the Interstate 11 Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement Corridor Study in Pima County, to augment the ongoing public involvement effort. The U.S. Institute will take the lead by conducting two sets of stakeholder engagement meetings (Group B and Group C/D, see I-11 Invitation Letter below) with the objective of facilitating additional productive Pima County community conversations to inform the I-11 Tier 1 EIS Corridor decision-making process.
The results of these group discussions will be summarized in a report prepared by the U.S. Institute, which will be provided to FHWA and ADOT for consideration in the I-11 Tier 1 EIS process. Opportunities to provide public comments directly to the project team continue to be available at any time using various methods--please see i11study.com/Arizona/ContactUs.asp. As with all public comments, the engagement meeting purpose is not to “vote” for a preference, but rather to generate information that would help FHWA and ADOT in making the decision regarding a Selected Alternative – whether it’s a Build Corridor Alternative or a No-Build Alternative.
There will be two separate meeting groups (Group B and Group C/D) composed of 20 individuals to explore discussions important to the community surrounding the associated corridor options, B, C or D. Three separate meetings for each group are scheduled from March through April 2018 and are being held in or as close as possible to the communities potentially affected by the corridor options. In order to fill the group rosters, an I-11 Invitation Letter (see below) was circulated to 63 organizations in the Pima County area on December 12, 2017. The list of 63 organizations was generated from the Tier 1 EIS interested stakeholders list previously collected during the last two years of the I-11 Tier 1 EIS Study. In addition, the invitation letter requested that it also be circulated to any other interested stakeholder organizations.
As a result, two groups of 20 individuals were rostered from nominations submitted and the final list of participating organizations is provided in the I-11 Interview Themes Final Document linked below. The size of each group was limited to 20 people to allow a robust level of participation, while still representing a diverse set of organizations and viewpoints. All submitted nominations were accepted and the identified individuals were rostered on the group of their choice.
Interested individuals or organizations not participating in these groups are invited to follow along with the progress of the stakeholder meetings (summary documents will be posted as they become available) and to submit their feedback in written form--please see i11study.com/Arizona/ContactUs.asp.
Links to study group documents: