Public Involvement/CSS Program
IDOT and INDOT are using Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) on this project. CSS is a collaborative approach that involves all stakeholders to develop a facility that fits into its surroundings and preserves scenic, aesthetic, historic, and environmental resources while maintaining safety and mobility. The purpose of CSS is to gather and consider input on the project from all interested stakeholders, and to encourage design flexibility to incorporate environmental and community values as well as meet transportation objectives.
Public involvement is a key component of CSS and is strongly encouraged during the study. Plans are underway to provide many opportunities for the public to provide input on their needs and potential solutions within the study area. Forums include corridor planning and technical task force groups, public meetings, and small group meetings. Through these and other means, IDOT and INDOT will proactively seek stakeholder input and partnerships early and often.
A stakeholder is anyone who could be affected by the project and has a stake in its outcome. Stakeholders are identified as all residents of the study area, users of the facility, and those interested parties who can directly affect the outcome of a planning process.
A Stakeholder Involvement Plan (SIP) has been prepared for this project and the SIP will be used as a blueprint for defining methods and tools to educate and engage all stakeholders in the decision-making process for this project.
Opportunities to Get Involved
Corridor Planning Group
The Corridor Planning Group (CPG) will provide broad perspectives as well as community level input regarding every aspect of the Illiana Study. The Corridor Planning Group (CPG) consists of study area municipal leaders, representatives from Will (IL), Kankakee (IL) and Lake (IN) Counties along with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC), and the Kankakee Area Transportation Study (KATS).
Technical Task Force
The Technical Task Force (TTF) will provide technical expertise and additional perspectives, and consists of staff, other governmental bodies, transportation agencies, resource agencies, and interested groups or organizations.
Both the CPG and the TTF Working Groups will meet on a monthly or bi-monthly basis throughout the Study, and the general public is welcome to attend and observe these meetings.
Public Outreach Meetings
Stakeholder involvement for the Illiana Corridor Study will be an ongoing process from project initiation through completion. Various meetings will be held throughout the project development process to provide outreach opportunities to all stakeholders.
- B3 Landowner Meetings and Coordination Robust coordination efforts with B3 landowners will take place throughout Tier Two. Outreach efforts such as meetings and coordination with their assigned landowner representative will allow for a direct personal contact for project updates and information specific to their property.
- Small Group Meetings Small group meetings will engage stakeholders, share information and foster discussion by: addressing specific project issues; allowing for more specialized discussions and input; and, aiding the general public in better understanding the project goals and objectives.
- Stakeholder Workshops Multiple stakeholder workshops will be conducted between key milestones (e.g. corridor workshop- interchange type, thru-lanes, transit/pedestrian, etc.) as a means to obtain stakeholder input regarding various project issues and potential system solutions.
- Agency Coordination Agency and Municipal meetings will be held to discuss and coordinate specific project issues with those that would be impacted by the project.
- Speakers’ Bureau A speakers’ bureau, consisting of IDOT, INDOT and Consultant staff, will be assembled to present project-related information to interested local civic or service organizations. These meetings will occur as requested.
- Public Meetings/Public Hearings for the Illiana Corridor study will be held at key points during the study to engage the public. These meetings will encourage public attendance and foster public awareness of project developments and alternatives that are being evaluated. They will also provide a forum for general public input, including concerns and comments regarding project alternatives. Three public meetings are anticipated to coincide with major project milestones. A public hearing will then provide stakeholders with the opportunity to view and provide testimony on the DEIS and preferred alternative.
Comments received at the public meetings will be documented and the information will be considered as a part of the analysis and evaluation of the improvement alternatives. Individuals on the mailing list will receive invitations in the mail announcing meeting information.
Other Public Involvement Opportunities
In addition to the meeting opportunities described in the preceding section, there will be several other methods for the public to obtain information about the project. These methods (noted below) will provide information and opportunity for feedback regarding upcoming public meeting events, project schedule, and general project status updates within the study area.
Mailing List and e-subscription
To support public meeting invitations, newsletter distribution and other direct public contact, a mailing list has been developed and updated. Phone numbers and e-mail addresses will be added to the list, as available. If you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive project printed collateral or to receive electronic notices about website updates, please fill out the comment/mailing list form.
Illiana News will be printed over the course of the study. These publications will feature the latest project news and will be used as a means of communicating information requested about the project.
Comment and Mailing List Form
Please fill out a comment form, as we are interested in your thoughts and ideas. Additionally, if you would like to receive project newsletters and other mailings, please fill out the mailing list form.