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Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy Roundtable


Wednesday, March 24, 2021
1:00 PM

Fresno COG Via Zoom

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RTP/SCS Roundtable Meeting Agenda and Annotated Agenda in PDF


ROLL CALL (Jeaneen Cervantes)


RTP/SCS Roundtable Meeting Minutes of Feburary 24, 2021 [APPROVE]
Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) Scenario Concept/Indicator Public Outreach (Brenda Veenendaal) [INFORMATION]

Summary:  As reported to the Roundtable last month, Fresno COG staff is planning an outreach effort to present the Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) scenario concepts and list of indicators to the public from March 26 through April 25, 2021, gathering input through an online, interactive survey in English and Spanish and Hmong (to some degree.) This effort will be very similar to the successful RTP Transportation Needs Survey outreach that Fresno COG undertook last fall.

To facilitate the survey development, Fresno COG is working with JSA marketing to create a series of very short, animated videos to incorporate within the survey.  The scenario concepts have to be simplified to a degree to make them relatable to the public, but still presented accurately. Staff will also use graphics to depict all five concepts before asking participants about their impression of each one.  In addition, we will ask the public to prioritize groups of indicators that will be used to assess the performance of each SCS scenario, then ask them which of the indicators within each group are most important to them. 

The surveys will be publicized using the following strategies:

  • Videos explaining the SCS strategies and indicators on Fresno COG's YouTube channel, posted on social media/websites and sent out via email
  • E-newsletters via Constant Contact sent to 5,000+ Fresno COG contacts with requests to forward
  • Hard-copy flyers with QR codes that link to the surveys and public meeting information to circulate within communities 
  • Email share requests sent from COG staff to members agencies, partnering agencies/businesses
  • Public Zoom meetings with recordings to post on social media and websites
  • Website posts with videos on and
  • Organic and boosted posts on Fresno COG's social media channels -- Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Presentations to community groups and organizations will be made upon request

The outreach results will first be reported to the RTP Roundtable on April 28, then to the TTC/PAC on May 14 and the Fresno COG Policy Board on May 27. When the results are reported, staff will also be asking for a recommendation on the top three scenarios to go forward for SCS modeling and a trimmed-down list of indicators to assess scenario performance. 

Staff will provide a walk through of the online survey during the Roundtable meeting.

Action: Information and discussion. Direction may be provided at the discretion of the RTP Roundtable.

Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Notice for Preparation (Meg Prince) [INFORMATION]

Summary: On April 1, Fresno COG will issue a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the 2022 RTP/SCS. The NOP informs reviewers of the lead agency’s intent to prepare an EIR with a 30-day public comment period. A scoping meeting will be held on April 21, 2021 beginning at 10:00 AM via Zoom video conference. The scoping meeting will provide a brief overview of the EIR process, the project and scope of the EIR, and an opportunity to obtain input from agencies and/or the public on the scope of the EIR. Additional information, including the link to the scoping meeting webinar, will be provided with the notice when it is sent out and posted to Fresno COG’s website.

Below is the anticipated timeline for major milestones of the EIR development.



Notice of Preparation Comment Period

April 1-30, 2021

NOP Scoping Meeting

April 21, 2021

Draft EIR Released

March 2022

Final EIR Certified

June 2022

 The NOP will be available for download on Fresno COG’s RTP website:  

Meg Prince can be contacted for questions or more information at

 Action: Information only. Direction may be provided at the discretion of the RTP Roundtable.

2022 RTP Project Webmap (Seth Scott) [INFORMATION]

Summary: Fresno COG staff has developed a webmap where users can view the locations, descriptions, and other details of the projects submitted for analysis in the 2022 RTP.  Projects can be filtered and viewed by mode, and individual projects can be selected to view details such as project limits/description, estimated cost, open to traffic date, etc.

Staff will be providing a brief demonstration of this map, as well as instructions on how to access it.

 Action: Information only. Direction may be provided at the discretion of the RTP Roundtable.


Items from Staff

Items from Members


This portion of the meeting is reserved for persons wishing to address the Roundtable on items within its jurisdiction but not on this agenda.

Note:  Prior to action by the Roundtable on any item on this agenda, the public may comment on that item. Unscheduled comments may be limited to 3 minutes.

Upcoming meeting dates:

April 28, 2021 from 1-3 p.m.

May 26, 2021 from 1-3 p.m.

June 23, 2021 from 1-3 p.m.