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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.

 

Fresno COG’s Community Outreach Mini-Grant Program – Application released

Deadline extension! Completed applications now due by April 15, 2020 at 12:00 noon.

The Fresno Council of Governments (Fresno COG) is seeking assistance from community organizations, schools, agencies and businesses to solicit ongoing public input into key activities associated with the preparation of the 2022 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and the Sustainable Communities Strategy Scenarios within it. In order to ensure diverse and extensive input on the 2022 RTP from people and populations throughout the region, Fresno COG is requesting help to expand community outreach that garners significant public input.

 

Fresno COG will provide mini-grants ranging from $1,500 – $2,500 each to organizations with existing community contacts. Successful applicants will reach out to residents of the Fresno County region, include them in the RTP and SCS transportation planning process via workshop and online participation, and obtain defined input regarding their perceived community transportation needs. This program is designed to ensure that interested members of the public have ample opportunity to understand and provide meaningful input on these plans during the planning process. Completed applications are due to Fresno COG by April 15, 2020 at 12:00 noon. This reflects a 20-day extension.

 

Community Mini-Grant Program Application Packet

 

Fresno COG’s Draft 2020 Public Participation Plan – Release for 45-day public review and comment

The Fresno Council of Governments (Fresno COG), released their Draft 2020 Public Participation Plan (PPP) for 45-day public review and comment on March 3, 2020. The public comment period closes at 5:00 pm on April 17, 2020. The PPP is a plan intended to give the Fresno COG 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.

 

Fresno COG’s Draft 2020 Public Participation Plan- released March 3, 2020

Appendix A: Fresno COG’s RTP Public Outreach Strategy and SCS Public Participation Plan

Appendix B:   Fresno COG’s Tribal Consultation Plan

 

On March 26, 2020, Fresno COG Policy Board will conduct a public hearing during their normal monthly meeting which begins at 5:30 PM in the Sequoia Conference Room at 2035 Tulare Street, Fresno, CA 93721 in downtown Fresno. The meeting is accessible to the disabled.  Individuals with disabilities may call Fresno COG (with 3-working day advance notice) to request auxiliary aids necessary to participate in the public hearing.  Translation services are available (with 3-day advance notice) to participants speaking any language with available professional translation services. Public comments are welcomed at the public hearing or they may be submitted in writing via mail or email to the following:

Brenda Veenendaal, Fresno COG Administrative Services Manager, 2035 Tulare Street, Suite 201, Fresno, CA 93721

Email:  brendav@fresnocog.org

 

After addressing all submitted comments, the 2020 Public Participation Plan will be considered for adoption, by resolution, on May 28, 2020, by the Fresno COG Policy Board at their regularly scheduled meeting. All documents are also available in hard copy at the Fresno COG offices. Please contact Brenda Veenendaal with any questions about the plan by emailing her at brendav@fresnocog.org or calling 559-233-4148 ext. 219.

 

RTP Roundtable Participant Application

The RTP Roundtable will support Fresno COG staff and the COG’s standing committees and Policy Board as the 2022 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) are developed. Roundtable members will provide expertise and generate consensus on RTP issues, acting in an advisory capacity to the Fresno COG Policy Board.

Environmental Justice (EJ) Subcommittee Application

The Environmental Justice (EJ) Subcommittee serves Fresno COG’s Transportation Technical Committee (TTC) by assisting Fresno COG staff in setting thresholds for environmental justice populations for the RTP’s Environmental Justice Report. The EJ Subcommittee will appoint one member to sit on the RTP Roundtable for the duration of the RTP update.

 

2020 Unmet Public Transit Needs Process

At the beginning of each fiscal year, the Fresno COG must determine the amount of TDA funds available from the TDA Local Transportation Fund (LTF) for allocation to local agencies within Fresno County. Allocations are made in four categories: Bicycle and pedestrian facilities, social service transportation, regional transportation planning, and public transportation. In certain cases, funding from the public transportation category can be applied to local streets and roads in individual jurisdictions if a finding has been made that there are no unmet transit needs that are reasonable to meet within the jurisdiction; however, public transit must be given priority. As a result, prior to allocating LTF funds for any use other than public transit in the public transportation category, the Fresno COG must identify any unmet public transit needs that may exist in Fresno County that are reasonable to meet.  The Unmet Transit Needs Assessment process is conducted to identify any unmet transit needs and make any related findings.

Unmet Transit Needs Process Flyer – English

Unmet Transit Needs Process Flyer – Spanish

 

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.

Fresno COG offices will be closed on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in observance of Caesar Chavez Day.

Fresno COG Office Operations: Consistent with protocols being followed by state and local public agencies, in light of the COVID -19 crisis, beginning today March 19, 2020, the majority of Fresno COG staff will be telecommuting from home.

Regional Transportation Mitigation Fee (RTMF) Collection: Fresno COG will continue to collect RTMF mitigation fees, however RTMF payments will only be collected on Monday and Tuesday until March 31st or until the COVID-19 situation is mitigated to a level deemed safe by public health officials.

Senior Taxi Scrip Program: Seniors who live in Fresno County will still be able to purchase senior taxi scrip via mail.