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Flagler County MPO Forum Friday, January 22, 2010 Hilton Garden Inn Palm Coast, FL Flagler County MPO Forum Agenda Welcome (Charlie Faulkner, Vice Chair, FCARD) Speaker Introductions (Sans Lassiter, Chair, VCARD) MPO 101 – Harry Barley, Exec. Dir., MetroPlan MPO Considerations – Bob Romig, Robert Romig & Associates Large MPO Perspectives – Harry Barley, MetroPlan New MPO Perspectives – TJ Fish, Exec. Dir., Lake- Sumter MPO Panel Discussion Questions of the Panel from the Audience Closing Remarks (Charlie Faulkner, Vice Chair, FCARD) Lunch Flagler County Population Growth Flagler County Agency Relationships CENTRAL & NORTHEAST FLORIDA COUNTIES Flagler County Agency Relationships FDOT DISTRICT BOUNDARIES Counties Flagler County Agency Relationships REGIONAL PLANNING COUNCILS Counties FDOT Districts Flagler County Agency Relationships METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATIONS Counties FDOT Districts Regional Planning Councils Flagler County Agency Relationships (It’s Complicated) COUNTIES, FDOT DISTRICTS, RPCs, MPOs Counties FDOT Districts Regional Planning MPOs Councils Speaker Introductions Sans Lassiter, Chair, VCARD Flagler County MPO Forum MPO Responsibilities January 22, 2010 Harold W. Barley Executive Director Purpose • Frame today’s conversation • Required versus discretionary • Avoid role confusion Authority • Federal law • State law • Interlocal agreement • Board action: – Vision and mission – Unified Planning Work Program Responsibilities • Develop transportation plans and programs • Management and operations • Continuous, Cooperative and Comprehensive planning • Planning and programming of various facilities Responsibilities • Forum for cooperative decision-making • Perform all acts required to qualify for federal aid Required Products • Long Range Transportation Plan • Transportation Improvement Program • Financial plan for LRTP and TIP • Prioritized Project List • Annual Unified Planning Work Program Required Products • Public Involvement Plan • Congestion Management System • Publish annual list of federally-funded projects • Agreements Required Activities • Studies and technical activities • Training for board members • Coordination with surrounding MPOs Required Process • Technical Advisory Committee • Citizens Advisory Committee • Public involvement Plan Development Projects and strategies must: • Support economic development • Increase safety and security • Increase mobility options for people and freight • Protect and enhance the environment Plan Development Projects and strategies also must: • Promote energy conservation • Improve quality of life • Enhance system connectivity • Promote efficient management and operations • Preserve current system Discretionary Products & Activities • Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee • Municipal Advisory Committee • Transportation Disadvantaged Board • Central Florida Clean Air Team Discretionary Products & Activities • Legislative program • Business outreach • Funding initiatives • Integration of land use and transportation • Concurrency management An MPO is not: • a direct provider of transportation services • a construction management agency • an agency with revenue-generating or taxing authority MPO Designations VCARD/FCARD Flagler MPO Forum January 22, 2010 Purpose Background on MPO Designations Review Prior Census Experience Overview MPO Funding Proposed Federal Legislation 26 MPO Designations MPOs to be designated in areas over 50,000 as defined by Bureau of the Census MPO boundary contains the urbanized area plus contiguous areas expected to become urbanized within the next 20 years Governor and local officials must agree on designation and boundaries Governor must review and reapportion MPO Board membership based upon decennial census (State law) 27 2000 Census Results Four new urbanized areas St. Augustine (North Florida TPO) Lady Lake (Lake-Sumter MPO) Leesburg-Eustis (Lake-Sumter MPO) Zephyrhills (Pasco MPO) Existing urbanized areas merged Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Urbanized Areas merged to form Miami Urbanized Area Ft. Pierce and Stuart Urbanized Areas merged to form Port St. Lucie Urbanized Area 28 Issues Identified by 2000 Census Growth across county boundaries Urbanized areas growing together Regional economic centers and transportation networks emerging More intercity and intercounty commuting 29 Urbanized Area (Based on 2000 Census) Palm Coast Beverly Beach Bunnell Flagler Beach Ormond Beach Journey to Work Flagler County Residents Source: Census 2000 County-to-County Worker Flow Files (2003) The State Position Stronger coordination at regional, inter- regional, and statewide levels is needed Discourage the creation of new MPOs Existing MPOs and new urbanized areas were asked to: ◦ 1) Consolidate MPOs and/or expand boundaries to include new urbanized areas, or ◦ 2) Develop and implement regional coordination mechanisms 32 Concerns Expressed by MPOs and Urbanized Areas Priority setting/Loss of control Differing goals among adjacent MPOs Public involvement will be more difficult 33 Concerns Expressed by MPOs and Urbanized Areas Is the MPO’s mission to be local or regional? Roles and responsibilities for regional planning need to be clear Statutory cap on size of MPO Board (19) prevents adequate representation as size of the MPO increases Existing coordination efforts are effective 34 Coordination Options Identified Interlocal agreements Joint meetings of MPO Boards and/or staff directors analyze differences in MPO plans and link common elements Use regional transportation models Develop regional needs plans Develop regional public involvement plans 35 MPO Planning Funds Federal “PL” Funds ◦ Off-the-top allocation from select federal transportation programs ◦ Allocated to states based upon urbanized area population of state compared to urbanized area population of all states ◦ Florida apportionment is approx. $20-$23 million/year (2010-2015) Federal Transit Administration (Sec. 5303) ◦ Transit planning funds for urbanized areas ◦ Distributed to MPOs by formula (population, revenue miles, and passenger trips) FDOT Support/Transportation Disadvantaged Grants 36 Federal Planning Funding Allocations to MPOs PL formula approved by Florida MPOs ◦ $582,605 to MPOAC ◦ $350,000 base amount to each MPO ◦ $600,000 for regional planning.(allocated to each MPO based on population) ◦ Remaining balance allocated based upon the population of each urbanized area as a percentage of total urbanized area population in the state 37 The Proposed Federal Surface Transportation Authorization Act of 2009 Increases population threshold for MPO designation to 100,000 Grandfathers existing MPOs if the Governor and local governments agree Strengthens the planning process for the largest metropolitan areas Strengthens role of rural agencies in the statewide planning process 38 MPO Designation Anticipated Timeline 2010: Census conducted 2012 (Spring): Census issues urbanized area boundaries 2013 (Spring/Summer): MPO designations by Governor 2014: Apportionment of federal funds Note: Timeline is based upon events of the 2000 Census 39 Summary MPOs will be under increasing pressure to plan “regionally” ◦ The 2010 Census will likely show continued urbanized growth across county lines ◦ Increased emphasis will be placed on regional planning, including air quality and climate change Key issue is whether MPOs be effective at both metropolitan and regional planning Flagler County should closely monitor the new federal transportation legislation and the 2010 Census urbanized area designation process 40 Flagler County MPO Forum Large MPO Perspective January 22, 2010 Harold W. Barley Executive Director Purpose • Organization overview • Our evolution • Formation considerations • Lake County relationship METROPLAN ORLANDO Seminole • 3-county MPO Orange • 1.8 million people • Independent organization Osceola • $5.4 million annual budget • 18 staff members Governance • 19 voting Board members • 3 counties; largest cities • 4 transportation agencies • 6 non-voting members Financials Discretionary Activities • Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee • Municipal Advisory Committee • Transportation Disadvantaged Board • Central Florida Clean Air Team Other Activities • Legislative program • Business outreach • Funding initiatives • Integration of land use and transportation • Concurrency management Our evolution • 1976 – MPO created; hosted by RPC • 1996 – METROPLAN ORLANDO; autonomous • 1996 – Outreach to neighboring MPOs • 2010 – New federal transportation bill Formation of Orlando-Volusia MPO Alliance - June 1997 METROPLAN ORLANDO-Brevard County cooperative planning agreement - May 1999 METROPLAN ORLANDO-Lake County cooperative planning agreement – May 2000 Central Florida MPO Alliance – January 2001 Polk TPO joins Alliance – May 2003 Ocala / Marion County TPO – Nov 2004 Florida’s Urban Transportation Coalition Formation Considerations • Flagler County’s travel market • Governance structure; inclusiveness • Relationship with FDOT • Role of Regional Planning Councils • Necessary financial support • Funding/programming considerations • Your objectives 2000 US Census – Expand to include Lake County? Considerations with Lake • Board composition • Programming considerations • Familiarity Flagler County MPO Forum January 22, 2010 T.J. Fish, AICP Executive Director Promoting Regional Transportation Partnerships MPO AREA 56 MPO History Following 2000 Census and FDOT urging, work began in 2003 on interlocal agreement to form MPO for Lake County Two official Urban Areas (Eustis-Leesburg and Lady Lake-Villages) Lake County was prepared to propose to its 14 municipalities that entire county should be in the new MPO Area = Urban Areas plus Planning Areas FDOT emphasized the need to account for the new Lady Lake-Villages Urban Area that stretches into Sumter and Marion counties 57 MPO History (continued) It was agreed that all five county commissioners from Lake County would serve on MPO Governing Board Of 14 municipalities, seven exceeded 10,000 in population (ranging 10-20k in pop.) Those seven were given voting membership Then discussions began with Sumter County… 58 MPO History (continued) After much deliberation by Sumter County – and consideration of joining the Ocala/Marion TPO – it was agreed that Sumter County would join with Lake County The two counties already shared Lake-Sumter Community College and Lake-Sumter Emergency Management Services Perception existed by Sumter County leadership that they did not want to be “stepchild” to Lake County within MPO Agreed to accept MPO formation with caveat that MPO Area would be restricted to just the Urban Area of The Villages within Sumter County (2 square miles) 59 MPO History (continued) Sumter County was granted one voting member from their Board of County Commissioners – based on population ratios between two counties There was no Sumter County municipal representation as all five municipalities were under 5,000 in population Agreements were signed by all Lake County local governments, by Sumter County and by Gov. Bush by December 2003 60 MPO History (continued) Lake~Sumter MPO Governing Board convened for the first time February 2004 Small municipalities of Lake County wanted voting representation Compromise through by-laws was to create an At-Large Representative with rotating vote among seven smaller municipalities 61 MPO Evolution Administrative support position hired first and Lake County Public Works provided professional support Executive Director brought on board one year later 2006, first interlocal agreement between MPO and Sumter County to strengthen planning relationship (Transportation Regional Incentive Program – TRIP) 62 MPO Evolution (continued) 2007, agreements among Sumter County, Wildwood and MPO for MPO review of transportation issues regarding multiple proposed Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs) 2007, interlocal agreement for MPO to perform region transportation planning for all of Sumter County – precursor to official redesignation of MPO Area 2007, creation of two-county Transportation Concurrency Management System 63 MPO Evolution (continued) 2009, MPO Board, with Sumter County’s blessing, agreed to pursue Reapportionment/Redesignation of the official MPO Area to include all of Sumter County Process will lead in 2010 to transmittal to FDOT and to Governor’s Office of plan to include all of Sumter Resolutions of support adopted by all local governments in two-county area (19 municipalities and two counties) Consensus is that a true two-county MPO creates more leverage with agencies to accomplish goals 64 Challenges Perception issues were at first daunting After appropriate outreach and effective handling of planning, prioritization and funding initiatives, various municipalities and Sumter County became much more comfortable with MPO process – NO SPLIT VOTES Sumter County is within Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council, Southwest Florida WMD and D5 Lake County is within East Central Florida RPC and St. John’s River WMD, but fortunately within FDOT D5 FDOT District 5 = huge benefit; RPCs = manageable through coordination; WMDs = inconsequential 65 Conclusions Attitude is everything – must go into process with collaborative expectations FDOT funding equity formulas and policies typically remove county versus county issues Must appreciate the power of a multi-county MPO in a state populated by single-county MPOs 66 Conclusions A regional approach yields more sustainable results than a localized approach = economies of scale and collective bargaining Voting representation need not be as important as an inclusive process that involves ALL ENTITIES: local governments, transportation entities and agency participation Being part of the MPO process provides advantages much greater than having no regional planning process 67 Flagler County MPO Forum Agenda Welcome (Charlie Faulkner, Vice Chair, FCARD) Speaker Introductions (Sans Lassiter, Chair, VCARD) MPO 101 – Harry Barley, Exec. Dir., MetroPlan MPO Considerations – Bob Romig, Robert Romig & Associates Large MPO Perspectives – Harry Barley, MetroPlan New MPO Perspectives – TJ Fish, Exec. Dir., Lake- Sumter MPO Panel Discussion Questions of the Panel from the Audience Closing Remarks (Charlie Faulkner, Vice Chair, FCARD) Lunch
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