Online Public Engagement

The Washtenaw Area Transportation Study Blog PostThe Washtenaw Area Transportation Study (WATS) is in the process of developing the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan for Washtenaw County. The Plan identifies over 200 transportation system improvements including transit, safety, bridges, non-motorized facilities, congestion and pavement improvements.

Given the scope of the Plan and the need to reach a wide and diverse group, WATS realized that traditional community outreach had to be complemented with unique community engagement techniques. To provide an alternative engagement format, WATS partnered with Carlisle/Wortman Associates to use the MiCommunity Remarks tool. The MiCommunity Remarks tool is a customized, web and mapped-based program built on Google Map software. It provides an alternative method to attract and engage a larger audience by allowing participation from the comfort of home or office. The use of MiCommunity Remarks for the 2040 Plan was unique in that it allowed users to view and directly comment on specific projects as well as suggest additional projects for consideration.

WATS will be accepting comments on proposed projects for the 2040 Long Range Plan via the MiCommunity Remarks tool until March 21. Please visit http://micommunityremarks.com/miwats/ to make your mark on county transportation improvements.

How can the MiCommunity Remarks tool assist your community? For more information, contact Ben Carlisle at 734-662-2200.