Meetings of this group would follow the Open Meetings Act.
Public Involvement - Public involvement and a systematic interdisciplinary approach are essential parts of the EIS development process.
The public involvement program would include multiple open house public meetings with opportunities for input from the public. The program would also solicit input through discussions and presentations with citizen groups and advocacy organizations, participation in meetings with municipal and county staff and elected officials, and coordination with multiple environmental resource and regulatory agencies. This would be combined with a robust outreach program including a project website, email e-blasts, newsletters, and other engagement tools.
The Tollway would also create a unique Local Advisory Committee (LAC). The LAC functions as an advisory body to the Tollway Board, and the
Tollway would provide a moderator and will staff the meetings.
The formation of a LAC is a requirement of the Toll Highway Act with the purpose of ensuring that the Tollway Board is soliciting feedback from
those governing bodies most affected by the project as it relates to impacts on property owners, land use, environment, aesthetics, economic development, access, etc. The LAC would be created from members of Lake County, the municipalities and townships along the corridor, and
citizen groups directly affected by the project. A summary of the formation, role and composition of the LAC is as follows:
The LAC selects their Chair, and the topics for the meetings are driven by the Chair and LAC members.
The LAC would determine its own structure and would decide how best to organize its meetings.
Alternatives - Develop, evaluate, and eliminate potential alternatives based on the environmental impacts and the purpose and need of the
project. The final EIS will identify and describe the preferred alternative and the basis for that decision.
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (EIS) FACT SHEET
The LAC would be formally established during the EIS and continue through construction completion. For example, the LAC for the Elgin-O’Hare Western Access project has met regularly since October 2012.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT
An EIS primarily looks at:
Environmental Impacts - Evaluates potential impacts, including ecological (such as the effects on natural resources and on the components,
structures, and functioning of affected ecosystems), aesthetic, historic, cultural, economic, social, or health, whether direct, indirect, or cumulative.
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT
Proposed IL Route 53
The Toll Highway Act requires that no less than 50% of the membership of the committee be comprised of citizen groups directly affected by the proposed corridor.
WHAT IS EIS?
An EIS is a full disclosure document that details the process through which a transportation project was developed, includes consideration of a range of reasonable alternatives, analyzes the potential impacts resulting from the alternatives, and demonstrates compliance with other applicable environmental laws and executive orders. More.
LOCAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE (LAC)
Mitigation of Environmental Impacts - Describes in detail both the impacts of the proposed action and the potential measures that could be taken
to mitigate these impacts.
Lake County Communications
The composition of the LAC is established in accordance with the potential level of impact on each governing body along the corridor.
Project Purpose and Need – For the proposed Route 53 project, examples include transportation demand (ease congestion and improve mobility),
safety, and system linkage.
Representatives serving on the LAC are appointed by the governing bodies affected by the project.