Public participation is key to any planning process. So, how do you get involved?
Engaging in public input opportunities, or giving feedback on plans from government agencies, is an important way to advocate for active living and transportation locally, on the statewide level, and even nationally. Your input helps shape decision-making and ensures that community needs are not overlooked. Use the below information to get started!
Please note that all comments to government agencies become public information. It’s important to be aware of what you write, and you can decide what personally identifying information to include if you are advocating as an individual rather than as an organization.
Active Input Opportunities
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You can get involved and provide public input by looking up opportunities with your local Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Indiana Department of Transportation. It’s also helpful to be familiar with who your state elected officials are and know your voter registration status!
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Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization (IMPO), Central Indiana Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Action Plan, August 12, 2022
In August 2022, the IMPO sought public input on Central Indiana’s first safety action plan. Whether you drive, walk, roll, bike, or take transit for your daily commute, arriving safely to your destination is paramount to an equitable transportation system. This plan is part of the IMPO’s efforts to improve road and street safety and comes as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Safe Streets and Roads for All Discretionary Grant Program.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization, Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), March 16, 2022
The CEDS plan is designed to guide economic development efforts across the Central Indiana region over the next 5 years. The plan identifies three goals for the economic development strategy: talent, innovation, and place. It applies to Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, and Morgan Counties.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization, Northern Johnson County Transit Plan, October 20, 2021
The Northern Johnson County Transit Plan evaluated existing transportation trends and explored potential transportation goals for Northern Johnson County. Johnson County has three townships that are eligible to conduct a referendum for transit per Indiana Code–Pleasant, White River, and Clark Townships. The Northern Johnson County Transit Plan is a chapter of the Central Indiana Transit Plan.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization, 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, October 15, 2021
The 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) guides investment in Central Indiana’s transportation systems over the next 20 years. With the help of transportation planners, engineers, elected officials, and the public, the plan ensures facilities and services required to support the mobility needs of the region and its future growth are anticipated and available.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization, Central Indiana Coordinated Public Transit – Human Services Transportation Plan – 2021 Update, October 1, 2021
The Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan was last updated in 2017. It is an inventory of regional transportation providers and their assets, an assessment of transportation needs, and strategies and goals to address unmet needs and gaps.
Indianapolis Department of Public Works, Broad Ripple Ave. Improvements Project, September 17, 2021
This $6 million project includes new stormwater trunkline; stormwater manholes and inlets; new stormwater treatment structures; widening of the south sidewalk from College Ave. to Winthrop Ave.; pavement and sidewalk replacement, including ADA-compliant curb ramps; pedestrian and traffic signal upgrades and ornamental lighting as well as a new 12-foot wide multi-use trail from the Monon Trail to Primrose Ave. Planned to begin in early 2022.
IndyGo, Beyond ADA, September 15, 2021
IndyGo’s Beyond ADA Policy focused on determining a premium on-demand paratransit service area beyond the area (3/4-mile from a fixed-route bus service) mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). After extensive public engagement, the policy was adopted on September 23, 2021 by the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IPTC) Board of Directors.
Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development and Metropolitan Development Commission, Proposal No. 178, 2021, September 1, 2021
The proposal amended Chapter 740, 742, and 744 of the Consolidated Zoning and Subdivision Control Ordinance for Indianapolis-Marion County for technical amendments and the addition of a Secondary District supporting transit-oriented development. The proposal was approved by Indianapolis City-County Council, effective 2021-11-01.
Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development and Metropolitan Development Commission, 2020-CAP-821 / 2020-CVR-821, July 15, 2020
Health by Design provided a letter supporting the City of Indianapolis DMD staff position for denial of petitioner’s requested variance of development standards to build a Crew Carwash at 111 W. 38th Street.
Indiana General Assembly Senate Bill 392
Indiana Department of Transportation, Draft State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP) 2022-2026, September 1, 2021
The STIP is Indiana’s five-year planning and construction document that lists all projects and project phases expected to be funded within five years with federal funds, as well as state-funded projects that have been deemed “Regionally Significant”.
Federal Highway Administration, Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) 2021 Update, May 14, 2021
The MUTCD is a federal document that guides transportation engineering and design standards. Last updated in 2009, the FHWA released the draft in December 2020 for public review and comment. Transportation agencies and advocates provides input on the proposed amendments until May 2021.