2040 Long Range Transportation Plan Update Resolution
A RESOLUTION OF THE MACON AREA TRANSPORTATION STUDY POLICY COMMITTEE APPROVING THE 2040 LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN UPDATE
WHEREAS, it is the objective of the Macon Area Transportation Study (MATS) to maintain a continuing, cooperative and comprehensive transportation planning process which results in plans and programs consistent with comprehensively planned development of the urbanized area; and
WHEREAS, the original MATS Policy Committee approved the original 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (2040 LRTP) on November 20, 2013; and
WHEREAS, at the time, of adoption of the original 2040 LRTP, the MATS area was significantly different in composition, and was designated as a Federal air quality “maintenance” region, requiring demonstration of transportation project conformity with air quality management goals for 8-hour ozone levels, and particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter (PM2.5), under the 1997 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS); and
WHEREAS, on January 1, 2014, Bibb County and the various municipalities incorporated therein were consolidated into a single jurisdictional entity, causing several of the MATS partner agencies to cease to exist as separate entities, and thereby requiring the MATS charter and Memorandum of Understanding to be updated to reflect these administrative changes; and
WHEREAS, on April 23, 2014, the Governor of the State of Georgia expanded the MATS to include that portion of Monroe County bordered by Interstate 75, Estes Rd., and the Monroe County/ Bibb County boundary; and
WHEREAS, on April 6, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officially revoked the 1997 ozone NAAQS. The MATS region was deemed attaining under the 2008 ozone NAAQS by EPA, thereby no longer requiring a demonstration for transportation conformity for the ozone standard, so long as the region does not lapse back into non-compliance; and
WHEREAS, on October 24, 2016, EPA officially revoked the 1997 primary annual PM2.5 NAAQS, and communicated to MATS that, since the MATS region was deemed attaining under the 2012 NAAQS for PM2.5, there is no longer a requirement to demonstrate transportation conformity for the annual PM2.5 standard (including PM2.5 hot-spot screenings/determinations), so long as the region does not lapse back into non-compliance; and
WHEREAS, under U.S. Code of Federal Regulations Title 23, Chapter 1, Subchapter E, Part 450, Section 324(d), the removal of the requirement to demonstrate transportation conformity also changes subsequent update cycles for the MATS Long Range Transportation Plan from 4 years to 5 years.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the MATS Policy Committee, the forum for cooperative transportation decision-making between locally elected officials in the Macon-Bibb County, Jones County and Monroe County areas, and duly appointed agency representatives from the State of Georgia, does hereby approve the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan Update for the MATS region.
Adopted by the MATS Policy Committee on this 3rd day of May 2017
MATS Policy Committee Chairman