About Public Participation Panles (PPPs)
Download a PDF of SPC's Public Participation Panel Guidebook.
Involving our public in the regional planning processes is a high priority for the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission. As one means of receiving valuable public input, SPC maintains Public Participation Panels (PPPs) for each county in its transportation planning region. Citizens do not need to travel outside their own county to address SPC, because through the PPPs, SPC comes to them. PPP meetings are open to the public.
PPPs are a bit like focus groups: members are appointed to represent the population of their respective counties in regards to age, income, ethnicity, special needs, and special interests. Members are expected to "get the word out" about what they learn at meetings to the groups they represent. They also assist SPC by reaching out to involve the general public.
PPPs meet on an as-needed basis, generally when a major document (such as the long-range plan, the TIP, or the Air Quality Report) is under public review. When meetings are scheduled, they are listed in our Meetings section and in your local newspaper.
You can always communicate your views or request information from SPC by visiting our Contact section and calling or e-mailing the appropriate party:
Transportation Contact | Planning and Development Contact
For questions about Public Participation Panels, contact Abigail Stark at (412) 391-5590 x343 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.