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If you are unsure of whom to contact at Fresno COG regarding programs, projects or COG meetings, you may email staff at comment@fresnocog.org. Your communication will be routed to the appropriate staff member and responded to promptly.

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Fresno COG’s Draft 2020 Public Participation Plan

Summary:  In accordance with public participation plan requirements, Fresno Council of Governments released its draft 2020 Public Participation Plan (PPP) for a 45-day public review and comment period from March 3, 2020 through April 17, 2020. The Policy Board also held a public hearing during its regular May 2020 meeting.

Fresno COG publicized public review and comment and the public hearing as follows:

  • Fresno Bee public notices published on April 22, 2020 and March 3, 2020
  • Vida En El Valle public notices published on April 29, 2020 and March 11, 2020
  • “Coming Up At Fresno COG” e-newsletter articles requesting feedback, providing links to the PPP documents and notification of the public comment period and public hearing were sent out on February 6, March 9, April 16, and May 11 to more than 3,000 subscribers. The average open rate on the enewsletters is 22 percent.
  • The draft document and all public notices were published at fresnocog.org on March 3, 2020 and remain on the Get Involved webpage today
  • Notice of the 45-day review period and public hearings was published on TTC, PAC and Policy Board agendas during the months of March, April and May 2020.

The PPP is a plan intended to give Fresno COG’s Policy Board and staff guidance in providing for public involvement and interagency consultation early and often during the regional planning process. It contains policies, guidelines, processes and procedures Fresno COG commits to implementing while seeking and fostering open public involvement during the decision-making process, regarding all matters within discretion. The PPP also identifies opportunities to be involved in the metropolitan transportation planning process.

All documents are available for review or download at www.fresnocog.org or in hard copy at Fresno COG’s offices.

No comments were received regarding the plan. Therefore, the Fresno COG Policy Board will be asked to adopt Fresno COG’s 2020 Public Participation Plan at the June 25, 2020 board meeting.

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Get involved through public meetings

Fresno COG’s standing or advisory boards, committees and commissions offer an excellent opportunity for expanding public participation opportunities during the transportation planning process. This is accomplished not only by active membership but by presentations made before them and attendance at the open meetings. Find out more about each group, who staffs them and how to get involved with the work they are doing by viewing our committees page which includes links to the meeting agendas at https://www.fresnocog.org/agenda.

For Your Information:

Fresno COG’s notice to the public regarding Title VI

Notifying the Public of Rights Under Title VIIn English and Spanish

  • Fresno Council of Governments operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Any person who believes she or he has been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint with the Fresno Council of Governments.
  • Fresno Council of Governments opera sus programas y servicios sin distinción de raza, color y origen nacional, de conformidad con el Título VI del Acta de Derechos Civiles. Cualquier persona que cree o que ha sido perjudicada por una práctica discriminatoria ilegal bajo el Título VI, puede presentar una queja con Fresno Council of Governments.

For more information on Fresno Council of Governments civil rights program, and the procedures to file a complaint, contact 559-233-4148; email parnest@fresnocog.org; or visit our website at www.fresnocog.org. (click on “About COG” then the “Get Involved” tab)

A complaint may be filed directly with the Federal Transit administration by filing a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights, Attention: Title VI Program Coordinator, East Building, 5th Floor – TCR, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20590.

  • If information is needed in another language, contact 559-233-4148.
  • Si se necesita información en otro idioma, comuníquese con 559-233-4148.
    (This notice is posted in the Fresno COG reception area and meeting rooms.)

Fresno COG has in place a Title VI Complaint Procedure, which outlines a process for local disposition of Title VI complaints and is consistent with guidelines found in Chapter VII of the Federal Transit Administration Circular 4702.1, dated May 26, 1988.