Public Involvement Archive
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) has met with the public, regulatory agencies, and other interested groups since 2000 to keep them apprised of project activities and to get their feedback on the environmental, social, and economic issues associated with the project.
Public Meetings, or Listening Posts, provide opportunities for the general public to hear about recent findings, ongoing technical studies, and the decision-making process. These meetings also provide the public with opportunities to comment on the project.
As an additional forum for public input, the ADOT&PF created an open advisory committee of interested/affected community members and local/regional interest group representatives. This group, the Stakeholder Sounding Board (SSB), has met to discuss project issues and share concerns directly with ADOT&PF.
The ADOT&PF also meets periodically with an Agency Consultation Committee (ACC), comprised of federal, state, and local regulatory agencies, to get the agencies' input into the development of alternatives, the identification of affected resources, and the evaluation of project impacts.
Please refer to the Scoping Summary Report (October 2006)
What are the Listening Posts?
Project “Listening Posts” will be conducted at three key points during the project to provide information directly to the communities that would be affected by the improvements to the Sterling Highway. The Listening Posts are a kind of traveling open house meeting, where displays of information are posted and staff is available to talk with you and answer your questions. The Listening Posts are held in Anchorage, Cooper Landing, and Soldotna over a two to three day period with the same information presented at each location. Listening Posts will be advertised through this website, newspaper display ads, and through project update newsletters.
What is the Stakeholder Sounding Board?
The Stakeholder Sounding Board (SSB) is an open advisory committee of community members and local/regional interest group representatives. The purpose of the group is to provide a regular forum to discuss the Sterling Highway supplemental environmental impact statement preliminary alternatives with the community and other interested stakeholders. Anyone who is interested can participate. A set of participation rules allow new participants to join anytime yet enables the group to build on work completed at previous meetings. Meetings are facilitated and conducted in a workshop format with presentations from the project team and hands on work with participants.
To encourage participation of all interested parties in the SSB, notices of meetings are sent to all (350+) property owners and residents of Cooper Landing, Cooper Landing business owners, and the more than 2,000 people on our project mailing list. While participation on the SSB is open to anyone who is interested, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) has identified the following list of organizations, agencies, interest groups, and others who may be impacted by the project to ensure that they are receiving information and encourage them to participate in the process. Stakeholder Sounding Board
Stakeholder Sounding Board:
What is the Agency Consultation Committee (ACC)?
The purpose of the ACC is to foster communication and coordination between and among the agencies, Native groups and the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities. The ACC is made up of local, state, and federal agencies and Native groups including: