Metropolitan Planning Organization asks community for input

Jessica  Rodrigo By Jessica Rodrigo

Aug. 5, 2014 at 1:18 p.m.

Whether it's driving or using public transportation to complete that to-do list, the city is interested in it.

The Metropolitan Planning Organization has been collecting information from the community since the beginning of June and will continue with its surveys through Sept. 30.

Data collected from the surveys will help the group devise goals and projects that cater to the needs of Victoria residents until 2040, said Mary Craighead, MPO coordinator.

"Transportation impacts everyone," she said. "Every day we are using it through roads, sidewalks or bicycling. It's something that affects our daily lives."

Using public feedback is a required part of the planning process, she said. This year, the aim was to go out into the community and listen to their comments.

"The response has been pretty incredible. The last plan had very little input from the public," she said.

So far, the group has collected about 350 surveys from community members either in person or through the website's survey.

Projects that were approved during the last planning process in April 2010 included the overpasses at Mockingbird, Salem and Airline roads.

As the city continues to grow, transportation needs will shift and change, Craighead said. Surveys will help the organization to meet those future needs.

"It's something everyone has an opinion about and we want to plan accordingly," she said.



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