IDOT designated this study as a Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) project. CSS is a collaborative approach that involves all stakeholders to develop a project that fits into its surroundings and preserves scenic, aesthetic, historic, and environmental resources while maintaining safety and mobility. The purpose of CSS is to gather and consider input on the project from all interested stakeholders. Public involvement is a key component of CSS and is strongly encouraged during this study. IDOT will proactively seek stakeholder input and partnerships early and often as it develops solutions for this study area.
A stakeholder is anyone who could be affected by the project and has a stake in its outcome. Stakeholders are identified as all residents of the study area, users of the facility, and those interested parties who can directly affect the outcome of a planning process.
A Stakeholder Involvement Plan (SIP) has been prepared for this project and the SIP will be used as a blueprint for defining methods and tools to educate and engage all stakeholders in the decision-making process for this project.
Opportunities to Get Involved
Corridor Advisory Group and Task Force
To assist in the development of the I-290 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) , IDOT established a Corridor Advisory Group (CAG) and a Task Force (TF) that, for administrative purposes, attends joint meetings throughout the process. The CAG is comprised of local elected officials from each of the eight communities in the Study Area and the Chairmen or representatives from Cook and DuPage counties. The TF is comprised of agencies, municipalities, transportation agencies and interest groups that provided structured input from a diverse set of stakeholders with technical expertise in both transportation/engineering and land use/environmental. The responsibility of the CAG/TF is to provide input on various study elements, including the development of the Purpose and Need statement, identification of transportation needs, alternatives, development, evaluations, and the Alternatives to be Carried Forward to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).
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Public Outreach Meetings
Stakeholder involvement for the I-290 study is an ongoing process since project initiation and will continue through project completion. Various meetings are held throughout the project development process to provide input opportunities to all stakeholders.
- Small Group Meetings Small group meetings will engage stakeholders to share information and foster discussions to address specific project issues, allow for more specialized discussions and input, and aid the general public in better understanding the project goals and objectives.
- Stakeholder Workshops Stakeholder workshops will be conducted between key milestones (e.g. environmental inventory, alternatives development, interchange type, transit/pedestrian, etc.) as a means to obtain stakeholder input regarding various project issues and potential solutions.
- Agency & Municipal Meetings Agency and Municipal meetings will be held to discuss and coordinate specific project issues with those that would be impacted by the project.
- Speakers' Bureau A speakers' bureau, consisting of IDOT and Consultant staff, will be assembled to present project-related information to interested local civic or service organizations.
- Public Meetings/Public Hearings Public meetings will be held at key points during the project development phase to engage the public. The purpose of the meetings will be to solicit the preferences and opinions of those who participate regarding the information presented. Questions raised by meeting participants, depending on the nature, will be either answered immediately or addressed in subsequent meetings, newsletters or other communication mechanisms.
A public hearing will be held near the end of the study. The public hearingwill present the evaluation of the recommended alternative(s). The hearing is part of a Federal requirement for the DEIS under the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). The public will have the opportunity to view and provide their testimony on the recommended alternative(s).
Comments received at the public meetings will be documented and the information will be considered as a part of the analysis and evaluation of the improvement alternatives. Individuals on the mailing list will receive invitations in the mail announcing meeting information.
Other Public Involvement Opportunities
In addition to the meeting opportunities described in the preceding section, there will be several other methods for the public to obtain information about the project. These methods (noted below) will provide information and opportunity for feedback regarding upcoming public meeting events, project schedule, and general project status updates within the study area.
- Mailing List and e-subscription: To support public meeting invitations, newsletter distribution and other direct public contact, a mailing list has been developed. Phone numbers and e-mail addresses will be added to the list, as available. If you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive project printed collateral or to receive electronic notices about website updates and/or meeting notices, please fill out the mailing list form
- Newsletters: Newsletters will be printed over the course of the study. These publications will feature the latest project news and will be used as a means of communicating information requested about the project.