1) Describe the roles and authorities of the Commission & committees in terms of MPO responsibilities.
Policy Board Structure
East Central WI Regional Planning Commission (ECWRPC) is comprised of membership from eight counties within the region (Calumet, Fond du Lac, Menominee, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, and Winnebago counties). Each county’s commissioners are members of ECWRPC’s Policy Board, which meets on a quarterly basis. The structure of the organization has changed over time in that as a result of TMA designation, two ex-officio members have been added to the Policy Board; one is the manager of Valley Transit and the other is a Representative from WisDOT Northeast Region. In addition, Fond du Lac County recently rejoined the Commission in 2015, after an absence since the early 1980s. Below is a brief description of the how representation is determined:
ECWRPC Structure & Policy Making Process
The basic representation on the Commission’s policy body consists of three commissioners from each county as follows to vote on MPO responsibilities:
Source: Appleton LRTP, Chapter 1, Page 1-3
2) What is the voting structure of the MPO Policy Board (Commission) and advisory committees? (e.g. One vote per member? Vote by population weight? Combination?)
Transportation Policy Advisory Committee (TPAC)
The Transportation Policy Committee (TPAC) facilitates regional participation and consensus building on transportation-related issues through a continuing, comprehensive, and coordinated planning process. The TPAC is composed of elected officials and board members of local governments and transportation agencies within the East Central Wisconsin Region; plus representatives from Federal Highway Administration and Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The TPAC serves as an advisory body to the Transportation Committee and the Commission on transportation related issues.
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) facilitates regional participation and consensus building on transportation-related issues through a continuing, comprehensive, and coordinated planning process. The TAC is composed of planners, engineers, and operators of local governments and transportation agencies within the East Central Wisconsin Region; plus representatives from Federal Highway Administration and Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The TAC serves as an advisory body to the TPAC.
The Transportation Committee is comprised of 9 Commission members. This committee directs and monitors the transportation program element and maintains liaison with the Transportation Policy Advisory Committees and the Transportation Technical Advisory Committee. This committee is responsible for overseeing the transportation element of the regional plan.
See question 1 for Full Commission description. Approval process: Items for approval start with the TAC and TPAC, then forwards to the Transportation Committee and then to the Full Commission for final approval.
Source: Annual Report 2015-2016, page 5
3) Explain any differences in the roles and authority of the adhoc transit and WisDOT representatives on the Commission compared to those of the Commissioners? Where is any distinction documented?
There isn’t any distinction between ad-hoc members/ex-offico (Valley Transit and WisDOT) compared to Commissioners.
Source: ECWRPC Bylaws
4) Provide a breakdown of UZA and MPA population & demographics by County & municipality.
Source: Appleton LRTP, Chapter 2, Page 2-2
It should be noted that the TMA total population does not exactly match the Census estimate of 216,154.
Source: Appleton LRTP, Chapter 2, Page 2-3
Source: Appleton LRTP, Chapter 2, Page 2-5
5) Provide a breakdown of the demographics of the Commission and committee members.
Please be prepared to discuss the following at the site review meeting. A written response is not required.