Welcome to Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization

The Lake-Sumter MPO provides a forum for cooperative decision making concerning transportation issues throughout the urbanized area of Lake and Sumter counties in Florida. As the lead agency for regional transportation planning, the MPO is responsible for the planning of several modes of transportation.

The Lake-Sumter MPO's regional planning allows for the allocation of millions of dollars in federal transportation funding annually. The MPO also helps citizens speak with one voice to their state and federal legislators on transportation-related issues. Most importantly, effective public involvement ensures scarce tax dollars are used in accordance with the greatest needs and desires of the community.

The Lake-Sumter MPO seeks to improve transportation in both counties for all modes of travel, including mass transit, walking, bicycling, rail, air, as well as the automobile. The MPO prioritizes capital improvements to address the counties' travel needs and allocates federal funding to implement the projects as identified in the LRTP and the TIP.

Public Hearing for the Update to the Public Involvement Plan:

The MPO Board opened the 45 day Public hearing for the Public Involvement Plan, Title VI Plan, LEP Plan and the DBE Plan on February 28, 2018. The MPO is looking for comments on the draft plans. The MPO Board is scheduled to approve the Public Involvement Plan at their April 25, 2018 meeting.

Update of Public Engagement Documentation Plans:

Public Involvement, Limited English Proficiency, Title VI and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Plans

Public Involvement Plan Goal:

To establish an on-going process through which citizen input is regularly identified and considered in the development of MPO plans, projects, and policies.

Engaging the Public - But why, do you ask?

  • Required by Federal Law
  • Proactive and collaborative approach to engage citizens in the planning process
  • Tracks progress of public involvement to meet objectives

Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan

The LEP Plan applies to individuals who do not speak English as their primary language and who have a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English.

Title VI Non-Discrimination Plan

No person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, or family status face discrimination in employment and the provision of government services.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act (1964)

Title VI coverage was expanded by the definition of terms "programs or activities" to include all programs or activities of Federal Aid recipients. These requirements included the establishment of a Title VI Plan.

Civil Rights Restoration Act (1987)

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Plan

The MPO supports the participation of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise identified organizations throughout the transportation planning process. This Plan describes the general requirements the MPO will adhere to while conducting MPO operations.

Steps in the Approval Process

  • Sent to federal agencies for preliminary comment
  • Presented to MPO advisory committees and Board in February 2018
  • Open the public comment period on February 28, 2018 through April 25, 2018
  • Revisions to plan will be based on comments received
  • Proposed MPO Board Adoption on April 25, 2018

Please send comments to MWoods@LakeSumterMPO.com