Achieving Consensus in Developing the Charlotte Regional ...

Achieving Consensus in Developing the Charlotte Regional ...

Achieving Consensus in Developing the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organizations Discretionary Projects Policy Neil Burke, Program Manager Erin Kinne, Principal Planner Agenda CRTPOs Discretionary Projects Policy Part 1: Why Develop a Policy Document? A growing MPO A growing portfolio of local projects CRTPOs Project Oversight Committee

Part 2: Developing the Policy Document Rethinking our approach Forming a work group & hiring a facilitator Building consensus Approval and implementation A Growing MPO CRTPO is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Charlotte Urbanized Area 24 jurisdictions, including

3 counties, are included within CRTPO The population within the CRTPO region is approximately 1.4 million 15% of NC population A Growing Portfolio of Locally Administered Discretionary Projects CRTPO responsibility: Allocate STBG-DA, TAP-DA, CMAQ, and Bonus Allocation funds to member jurisdictions Ensure that all funding has been obligated to avoid rescissions Monitor approx. 100 active discretionary projects Request

updates at least quarterly Prior CRTPO process: Separate, ad-hoc project calls for the STBG, TAP, CMAQ, and Bonus Allocation funds allocated directly to CRTPO Time-consuming to repeat the same deliberation process each time Process was confusing to outsiders Current Annual Funding Levels In millions of $ $332 CRTPO-Controlled Funds (Federal direct attributable funds)

$50 $15 $0 $1 $8 Note: Based upon averages within the 2018-2027 Transportation Improvement Program. Funding amounts subject to change. Project Oversight Committee Subcommittee of CRTPOs TCC(TCC), formed in 2015. Reforms to State funding legislation (Strategic Transportation Investments law) Bonus Allocation from I-77 High Occupancy Toll (HOT) project ($144 Million) Tasks identified in governing document: Project selection methodologies

Consensus-based recommendations Review/recommend requests for additional funding for active projects Late 2017: Discussed the need for documented policies Early 2018: Surveyed POC members regarding policy content Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) Project Oversight Committee (POC) Project Oversight Committee Research policy guides from other NC MPOs, including meeting with staff from Raleigh area MPO (CAMPO).

Initial policy development products: Chapter outline Annual unified funding schedule Document adoption schedule Planned to make decisions with the full committee, topic by topic.. Rethinking Our Approach Fundamental areas to address before we could move forward: 1. How to reach agreement (and stay in agreement) with 15+ people at the table. 2. How to facilitate discussion and still have our point of view included in the discussion. 3. How to press pause on business-as-usual and make policy development the number-one priority of a busy committee. Forming a Work Group & Hiring a Facilitator

Recognized the need to have discussions in a smaller group or groups. CRTPO staff drafted a list of six members to serve on the Discretionary Policy Development Work Group. Presented a proposal to the POC to: form the Work Group to make policy recommendations, draft the document & annual schedule; hire a professional facilitator to guide the policy-development process in an impartial manner; and delay awarding FY-19 funds until after document complete and adopted. Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC)

Project Oversight Committee (POC) Policy Development Work Group Building Consensus Four Work Group meetings, August through December Whats In Your Boat?: The 5 Policy Values 1. Equitable process 2. Consistently applied 3. Cost-effective 4. Easily understood by potential applicants 5. Transparent Next: Stakeholder interviews Testing the 5 Values

Developing the Policys Guiding Principles Building Consensus Guiding Principles of the Policy Guide the development of the discretionary-projects policy Supported by the 5 Values and consistent with stakeholder input 1. Projects must be federal funds-eligible. 2. Must be an annual schedule for proposing, scoring and funding projects. 3. Project scoring must be consistent with the requirements of the funding sources. 4. Must include a process for addressing project funding shortfalls. 5. The process will be iterative (i.e. will evolve based on experience). 6. The policy must be transparent and easily understood by key stakeholders. Next: Focus Group Guiding Principles Policy Values

Building Consensus Focus Group Session: Are we on the right track? Engaging elected officials in the process Reporting on the work completed to date Testing the Guiding Principles and the 5 Values Seeking feedback on proposed policy changes Sharing results of research into specific policy topics Policies (Document Content)

Guiding Principles Policy Values Building Consensus Putting it in writing Work Group consensus on key policy recommendations Delegating main writing tasks and timeline for edits Work group approved draft December 4th Constant communication Reporting to POC at each meeting

Reporting to TCC and Board at key points in process Beginning the approval process Group presentation to POC December 13th TCC-Board Workshop December 18th Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) Project Oversight Committee (POC) Policy Development Work Group Building Consensus Approval Process TCC-Board Workshop

Work Group and facilitator conducted presentation together Excellent discussion & overall agreement on policy recommendations Some concerns raised which resulted in minor policy changes Bridged the gap with approval process in January-February 2019 Approval & Implementation Board action CRTPOs Discretionary Projects Policy Document and annual schedule adopted February 2019 Implementation by staff & Project Oversight Committee

Shortfall funding round March - April Funding decisions under review May 2019 Next Steps Applicant training session webinar Call for projects Documenting potential policy revisions Analysis & Closing Thoughts Build relationships and utilize expertise

Account for all of the skill sets and points of view relevant to the project Delegate tasks carefully and appropriately, and acknowledge your limitations Recognize team members contributions Verbal and/or monetary* appreciation for all contributors time and energy *Includes snacks, lunch, dinner Communicate Iron out problems, conflicts, and misunderstandings as early as possible, by design

Achieve consensus and build agreement in stages Be flexible, but make decisions in the spirit of the agreed-upon core principles Policies (Document Content) Guiding Principles Policy Values Achieving Consensus in Developing the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organizations Discretionary Projects Policy Neil Burke, Program Manager Erin Kinne, Principal Planner

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