The team has established a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to discuss the project’s progress and decisions. The CAC is comprised of 70+ individuals and/or organizations, including, but not limited to:
- Civic organizations
- Businesses and large employers
- Advocates for minority groups
- Advocates for low-income populations
- Environmental interest groups
- Neighborhood residents
- Facility users, incl. freight, bicyclists and pedestrians
- Delegates selected by elected representatives
- Religious leaders
- Education leaders
The CAC meets to gain stakeholder feedback, identify and resolve local concerns, and build community support during the decision-making process. It is an effective means of addressing specific issues and hearing a variety of stakeholder views.
The CAC will meet many times to discuss key project milestones, including:
- Introduction of the two-step screening process – March 2018
- Screening-Level Analysis – briefing and meeting 2 – May 2018
- Preliminary alternatives – October 2018
- Project update and CSS round 2 workshops – August 2019
- Preliminary maintenance of traffic plans
- Advertisement of INDOT’s RFP
- Preferred alternative and mitigation
- Public hearing for Environmental Assessment
While not advertised as public meetings or presentations, non-CAC members are permitted to observe the meetings as space allows.
A CAC charter was signed at the first meeting, ensuring everyone acknowledges the roles and responsibilities of the CAC. A CAC handout explained the purpose of a CAC, guidelines on how CACs are established, requirements of CAC members and any additional information pertinent to the formation of CACs.
General meeting summaries will be posted on the project website.