People, Structure, and Committees

Public Involvement Plans

COMPASS’ communication and public outreach activities support excellence in all other aspects of COMPASS’ work. The COMPASS Integrated Communication Plan is designed to coordinate all of COMPASS’ communication and public outreach activities under one guiding document and demonstrate how each of these activities can, and should, be used to augment the others.

In addition, Section II of the Integrated Communication Plan meets federal MPO requirements for a Public Participation Plan. COMPASS has combined its Public Participation Plan with its other education and outreach activities in the Integrated Communication Plan to ensure all of these related activities are considered and planned as one complete program.

COMPASS requested public and agency comment on the Integrated Communication Plan/Public Involvement Plan from April 17 – May 31, 2015. Public comments, and responses, are below and can be found in Appendices A and B.

In 2015, COMPASS conducted a random household survey to determine the public’s awareness, knowledge, and opinions of COMPASS and its work products. This survey will be used to help improve COMPASS communication programs and provide baseline knowledge in preparation for the next update to the COMPASS Integrated Communication Plan (planned for 2018). Link to survey results.

Title VI Plan
COMPASS is committed to compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all related regulations and directives. COMPASS assures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any COMPASS service, program, or activity. COMPASS also assures that every effort will be made to prevent discrimination through the impacts of its programs, policies, and activities on minority and low-income populations. In addition, COMPASS will take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to services for persons with Limited English Proficiency.

Limited English Proficiency Plan
Under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, public agencies are obligated to provide competent language assistance to limited-English-proficient individuals. If you need assistance, please contact 208/475-2229. Bajo el Título VI del Decreto de Derechos Civiles de 1964, las oficinas públicas están obligadas a proporcionar ayuda competente, en su propio idioma, a las personas con limitaciones en el inglés. Si necesita asestencia, por favor llame al 208/475-2229.

This Limited English Proficiency Plan has been prepared to address the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho’s (COMPASS’s) responsibilities as a recipient of federal financial assistance as related to the needs of individuals with limited English language skills (Limited English Proficiency [LEP]). The plan has been prepared in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000d, et seq., and its implementing regulations, which state that no person shall on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

Environmental Justice Consideration Areas:
Presidential Executive Order 12898 (February 1994) amplifies Title VI by requiring every agency utilizing federal funds to review the positive and negative effects of federally funded projects on the surrounding populations COMPASS identified several Environmental Justice Consideration Areas by using 2010 Census and American Community Survey data to locate block groups with high minority population and tracts with low-income population. For projects falling within these identified areas, COMPASS will provide enhanced outreach to minority and low-income populations as well as special consideration of project effects.