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Highway 61 North Shore of Lake Superior FHWA Minnesota Division Federal Planning Finding (FPF)

Highway 61 North Shore of Lake Superior FHWA Minnesota Division Federal Planning Finding (FPF) Update MPO Summer Workshop 8/27/19 ANDREW EMANUELE, AICP Community Planner

What is a Federal Planning Finding? FHWA Minnesota Division • Formal verification of the

What is a Federal Planning Finding? FHWA Minnesota Division • Formal verification of the statewide planning process. Issued with STIP approval. • Legal Basis STIP: 23 CFR 450. 220(b), 23 U. S. C. 135(g)(8) & 49 U. S. C. 5304(g)(8) o TIP: 23 CFR 450. 330(g) o • Required since SAFETEA-LU (2005) • Followed in varying degrees by FHWA Division Offices 2

CFR Language FHWA Minnesota Division “The FHWA and the FTA shall…make a joint finding

CFR Language FHWA Minnesota Division “The FHWA and the FTA shall…make a joint finding on the extent to which the STIP is based on a statewide transportation planning process. ” 3

MN FPF Now FHWA Minnesota Division • Issued in letter w/ STIP Approval •

MN FPF Now FHWA Minnesota Division • Issued in letter w/ STIP Approval • Format not extremely rigid – up to Division Office • “Noteworthy Practices” o 2018: D-3 Public Engagement Plan (PEOPLE), MPO ADA Transition Plan Assistance, TH 65 PEL Pilot Study • “Areas for Enhancement” o 2018: Encouraging Community Connections, MPO Performance Management Integration, Linking TAMP strategies to investments/innovation 4

Change Catalyst FHWA Minnesota Division • 2011 – 2014: State of the Practice Reviews

Change Catalyst FHWA Minnesota Division • 2011 – 2014: State of the Practice Reviews 14 Division Offices Reviewed o 20 Recommendations Divisions and FHWA HQ o • 2017: Office of Inspector General Audit o 5 Recommendations 5

Major Review Findings FHWA Minnesota Division • Strengthen STIP Oversight • Strengthen Statewide Planning

Major Review Findings FHWA Minnesota Division • Strengthen STIP Oversight • Strengthen Statewide Planning Oversight • National FPF Inconsistency • Need Better Guidance: How to Conduct a FPF o What to Address o How to Document o Following Up o 6

Planning Process FHWA Minnesota Division • Component of Risk-Based Stewardship and Oversight • Can

Planning Process FHWA Minnesota Division • Component of Risk-Based Stewardship and Oversight • Can address all aspects of the statewide planning process, including MPO Planning Activities • MPOs can be referenced individually or as a group 7

MPO Relevance FHWA Minnesota Division o o o MTP UPWP TIP CMP Public Participation

MPO Relevance FHWA Minnesota Division o o o MTP UPWP TIP CMP Public Participation Plans Self Certification o o o o ADA Transition Plans Freight Planning Scenario Planning Title VI & EJ Compliance ITS Performance Measures And many more! 8

New Document Structure FHWA Minnesota Division • Based off TMA Certification Reviews Working Knowledge,

New Document Structure FHWA Minnesota Division • Based off TMA Certification Reviews Working Knowledge, Risk-Based o Desk Review Component o • Format now more ridged Legal Basis and Background o Observations o Actions o Follow-Up o • Three Possible Actions: o Commendation, Recommendation, Corrective Action 9

Commendation FHWA Minnesota Division • Innovative procedures o Highly effective planning implementation • Represents

Commendation FHWA Minnesota Division • Innovative procedures o Highly effective planning implementation • Represents national model (best practice) o Example for other agencies (Statewide or Nationally) 10

Recommendation FHWA Minnesota Division • Most Common Action • Opportunities for Improvement • Statutory

Recommendation FHWA Minnesota Division • Most Common Action • Opportunities for Improvement • Statutory and Regulatory Requirements Still Met • Will consult OTSM for Emphasis Areas 11

Corrective Action FHWA Minnesota Division • Areas of less than full compliance o Statutory

Corrective Action FHWA Minnesota Division • Areas of less than full compliance o Statutory and Regulatory Requirements not met • Requires an Action Plan 12

Action Plan FHWA Minnesota Division • Tracks Corrective Action to a close • Requires:

Action Plan FHWA Minnesota Division • Tracks Corrective Action to a close • Requires: o o o Timeline w/ Target Completion Date Approach to Resolve Issue “Status” Category Coordinated check-in with FHWA National Database Update upon Resolution • MPO Corrective Actions would have Mn. DOT at the table 13

Example Observations & Actions FHWA Minnesota Division 14

Example Observations & Actions FHWA Minnesota Division 14

Final STIP Approval FHWA Minnesota Division • Approvals make take longer Desk Review Time

Final STIP Approval FHWA Minnesota Division • Approvals make take longer Desk Review Time o Will meet with OTSM prior o • Issue Final STIP approval and FPF o Signed by FHWA DA & FTA Regional Administrator • Observations & Actions entered into National Database • Action Plan follow-up 15

STIP Amendments FHWA Minnesota Division • Technically require a new Finding o Could issue

STIP Amendments FHWA Minnesota Division • Technically require a new Finding o Could issue new actions • If no substantial changes/new risks, reference prior FPF Approval letter language o Action Plan updates o • Mods: No Action 16

STIP Amendments FHWA Minnesota Division 17

STIP Amendments FHWA Minnesota Division 17

Questions? FHWA Minnesota Division Andrew Emanuele, AICP Community Planner Federal Highway Administration Minnesota Division

Questions? FHWA Minnesota Division Andrew Emanuele, AICP Community Planner Federal Highway Administration Minnesota Division 380 Jackson Street, Suite 500 St. Paul, Minnesota 55101 andrew. [email protected] gov 651 -291 -6124 20