The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) develops transportation plans in cooperation with the public, state and federal review agencies. WisDOT offered a variety of statewide public involvement activities and options throughout the entire Connections 2030 planning process. Activities included public meetings, newsletters, surveys and focus groups.
Plan development process
Development of Connections 2030 included a comprehensive, four-phase process to gather early input into the scope of the draft plan, as well as review and feedback on the detail of the individual policies and theme chapters.
- Phase 1: Early planning
- Phase 2: Pre-draft plan
- Phase 3: Draft plan outreach
- Phase 4: Final plan
Phase 1: Early planning
Early efforts to define the scope and focus of Connections 2030 and identify key statewide transportation issues included:
- Stakeholder interviews
- Statewide telephone survey - A statewide telephone survey was completed in the spring of 2004. Over 1,000 Wisconsin residents participated in the survey.
- Focus groups
- Stakeholder meetings - WisDOT planners met with stakeholders to identify current and future transportation issues.
- Meeting with major urban areas - WisDOT also met with professional staff from the state’s major urban areas.
Phase 2: Pre-draft plan
Pre-draft plan development outreach efforts focused on obtaining feedback through consultation with environment resource agencies and tribal governments having a historic interest in Wisconsin.
Phase 3: Draft plan
Phase 3 began with the release of the Connections 2030 draft plan for public comment. The public review period began on November 10, 2008, and continued through March 13, 2009. WisDOT received more than 1,200 comments. A number of appropriate and feasible revisions were made to the plan. WisDOT also made minor changes to improve readability, correct punctuation and grammatical errors, and update data in tables and charts.
Phase 4: Final plan
WisDOT held six public hearings in August on the final draft of Connections 2030. The public review period began on July 24, 2009, and continued through August 31, 2009.