MPO seeks public comment for FY 2018 spending plan

Date Posted: Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

The Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization has opened a public comment period for its draft FY 2018 spending plan, the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). The comment period will run from Sunday, April 2 to Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

This spending plan, which becomes effective July 1, reflects a total budget of $828,380 in cash and in-kind services. Most of the funds are marked for planning studies and programs that coordinate transportation and land use in central Delaware. Some of these studies and programs include providing assistance to MPO member agencies, intersection traffic counts, freight planning, amendments to the MPO’s long-range plan, comprehensive plan assistance for municipalities, bicycle and pedestrian studies and more.

The Dover/Kent County MPO is federally required to have a written work program in accordance with the federal transportation bill, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation, also called the FAST Act. FAST authorizes federal surface transportation programs for highways, highway safety and transit.

The MPO’s policy-making body, the MPO Council, is scheduled to vote on the UPWP at its May 3 meeting. If approved, the spending plan goes to the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration and the Delaware Department of Transportation for final review and approval.

The draft UPWP is available to view here. A copy of the draft summary is available here. The public may request a copy or comment on the draft UPWP by calling the office at (302) 387-6026 or (302) 387-6030, or via e-mail by writing to kate.layton@doverkentmpo.org.