Public hearing Dec. 1 and 2, 2010
Two public hearings regarding the Environmental Assessment/Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EA/EAW) and Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation were held on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at Livonia Town Hall and on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at Elk River City Hall.
Open house May 17, 2007
The second public open house for Highway 169 Preliminary Design and Environmental Documentation in Elk River was held on Thursday, May 17th, 2007 at Elk River City Hall. The purpose of this open house was to present the Highway 169 preliminary design and environmental documentation process, interchange alternatives, proposed frontage road system, and evaluation alternatives in the Elk River area. Over 40 Elk River residents and business owners attended the open house, and provided valuable input.
Open house Feb. 1, 2007
The first public open house for the Highway 169 Preliminary Design and Environmental Documentation-Elk River to Zimmerman was held on February 1, 2007 at Livonia Town Hall outside Zimmerman. The purpose of this open house was to present and review the study process, the interchange alternatives and proposed frontage road system, and the evaluation of those alternatives. Over 250 stakeholders attended this meeting, and provided valuable input for the Local Advisory Committee to consider.
Effective stakeholder involvement is critical to ensure that issues and concerns in the community are raised and addressed as part of the project development process. It is important that each group of stakeholders have an opportunity to become informed about the project and provide feedback on the information they receive. Stakeholder involvement is intended to be open, flexible, and subject to change as part of the evolution of the process. MnDOT will make every effort to consider stakeholders’ concerns in developing the design layout and in analysis of environmental effects of the project.
A variety of different stakeholder groups are involved in the Highway 169 Preliminary Design and Environmental Documentation process, including a project management team, a local advisory committee, local stakeholder contacts, agency stakeholder contacts, affected property owners and the general public.
Project Management Team
The project management team consists of MnDOT representatives and staff from SRF Consulting Group, Inc., the consultant selected to perform the study. The Project Management Team provides contract administration and review throughout the study process.
Local Advisory Committee
A Local Advisory Committee (LAC) is leading the Highway 169 study process. The LAC is made up of members representing the following agencies:
- Sherburne County
- City of Elk River
- City of Zimmerman
- Livonia Township
- Baldwin Township
- MnDOT’s consultant, SRF Consulting Group, Inc.
The LAC is responsible for guiding the overall study process, digesting study input, participating in technical analysis, and making study recommendations.
Important stakeholders from the study area are also participating, including:
- Elk River and Zimmerman Chambers of Commerce
- Elk River and Zimmerman City Councils
- Sherburne County Commissioners
- Livonia Township Board
- Baldwin Township Board
These contacts provide direct stakeholder input on study issues and opportunities, as well as feedback on the alternative evaluation process.
Federal and State Permitting Agencies, as well as major local stakeholders, are also participating in the study process to establish project understanding and support among review agencies. The following agencies are represented in the study process:
- Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE)
- Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
- Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)
Affected property owners and the general public
Affected property owners and the general public are invited to provide input at Open House Meetings. The open house meetings provide an opportunity for the public to participate in the corridor planning process. These meetings also allow specific interest groups and review agencies to further their involvement. Input from the open house meetings will be recorded and provided to the Local Advisory Committee at key study milestones.