Have you ever wondered how regional planning choices are made? Or how you or your organization can be part of the process? You can make your voice heard in the decisions that affect your community and region.
Regional planning addresses issues such as transportation and land use planning, economic development, environmental planning, and sustainability. In order to effectively shape the region's future, area residents need to be informed and involved in the planning process.
At DVRPC, we believe that planning must be done with the public, as well as for the public. We know that our decisions affect the future of all those who live and work in our region; we are committed to understanding your diverse needs and concerns, and to learn from your experiences. Through a constructive dialogue, planners, decision-makers, and citizens can share their opinions and mutually shape a vision for neighborhoods, communities, counties, and regions. Whether you are interested in environmental issues, are an avid bicyclist, or are someone who uses our region's roadways and transit system, we want you to get involved.
There are a variety of opportunities for the general public and regional stakeholders to participate in DVRPC plans and programs, and to obtain information. We invite you to connect with us on social media, attend a public meeting, or visit our Resource Center at our offices in Center City Philadelphia.
DVRPC maintains a number of mailing lists, from the monthly newsletter to receiving public notices about public comment periods and funding opportunities.
Most of DVRPC's meetings are open to the public. Interested community members are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP ahead of time, as indicated in event descriptions. Additionally, many of our partners hold conferences, events, and workshops on specific topics and interest areas. Please visit our Partners Calendar for more information.
One of the primary roles of DVRPC is to bring public input into regional planning. To accomplish this, the DVRPC Board has established several committees to address regional issues of transportation, land use, air quality, housing, goods movement, and other issue areas. These committees enhance and expand the regional forum provided by the Board and allow for more detailed discussions. See a list here.
Committee meetings are open to the public to attend. Translation, interpretation, or other auxiliary services can be provided to individuals who submit a request at least seven days prior to a public meeting. If you are interested in joining a committee please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
DVRPC's Public Participation Task Force is a group comprised of representatives selected from the general public, community and civic organizations, advocacy groups, professional associations, and the private sector to inform DVRPC's Board and staff of local issues and challenges. Task Force members recommend potential projects to the Commission, offer recommendations regarding public engagement, share DVRPC information with your community and county, and network with a dynamic group of regional leaders and citizens.
DVRPC supports and fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Further DVRPC respects the guiding principles of Environmental Justice (EJ) – the fair treatment of all people in a given geographic area. Learn more about DVRPC's Title VI and EJ initiatives.
DVRPC's Public Participation Plan [0.6 MB pdf] was last updated and adopted by the DVRPC Board in July 2018. The Plan is designed as a resource for DVRPC’s staff, member governments and the general public to better understand the Commission’s overall public participation strategy and procedures, as well as the federal mandates that inform DVRPC’s plans, programs, and processes. The plan is also available in Spanish [0.6 MB pdf].
Public notices are formal announcements regarding opportunities for public input and comment on significant DVRPC policies and plans, such as the Long-Range Plan or the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). All recent public notices are posted and archived here.
Please share your comments about DVRPC's projects, plans, and programs.
The public can comment on Board Action items using an online commenting application, in addition to commenting by mail, fax, or in person.
Planning can be confusing, with professionals using many different acronyms and referring to laws and regulations. Additionally, different planning processes call for public participation at different points in decision-making. We have compiled several resources to help interested citizens understand more about these acronyms, definitions, and planning processes.