The purpose of the Community Planning Branch is to serve as a resource for improving project delivery through early and continuous stakeholder involvement.
The Community Planning Branch has two major goals:
- Improving delivery of projects and planning documents
- Developing long-term partnerships with stakeholders (agencies, community groups and individuals)
The Community Planning Branch seeks to include community values and involvement early in the planning, design and project implementation stages.
Community Planners coordinate, participate and contribute ideas in community planning workshops; serve as a public participation resource to Caltrans' staff; develop stakeholder databases; do community and agency outreach with Public Affairs; administer the Community Based Transportation Planning Grant Program; promote and encourage Livable Communities and Smart Growth strategies; and review and comment on planning documents to integrate the above stated goals and concepts.
Toward that aim, we work closely with the Regional Planning Branch on RTPA/MPO stakeholder issues, and with Project Management as a public participation resource.
San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties
Larry Newland, Senior Transportation Planner
Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties
Cindy Utter (Acting Branch Chief)