The Rural Planning Work Program (RPWP) incorporates in one document all transportation planning and directly supporting comprehensive planning activities in the non-urbanized area of the Central Midlands Region during the 2020 & 2021 fiscal years. It is intended to provide a mechanism for the coordination of planning efforts by local, State, and regional agencies through the Central Midlands Council of Governments (CMCOG).
As the Rural Planning Organization (RPO), CMCOG has the responsibility to carry out the continuous, comprehensive and cooperative transportation planning process for the non-urbanized area. The Rural Planning Work Program (RPWP) identifies the transportation planning activities which are to be undertaken in the CMCOG study area in support of the goals, objectives and actions established in the 2035 Rural Long-Range Transportation Plan, which was adopted in October 2010. CMCOG staff, working with the Planning Department of the South Carolina Department of Transportation, annually initiates the process of developing the RPWP and prepares a final draft for the CMCOG Board consideration. The intent in developing a comprehensive Work Program is to ensure that a coordinated transportation planning process occurs in the region, which will make positive contributions towards achievement of the established 2035 goals regarding mobility, facilities, safety, the environment, and land use.
The RPWP outlines a framework for the work program which the staff is expected to accomplish, and provides guidance with respect to a financial plan to support the Work Program. This 2020 & 2021 Work Program is intended to be consistent with the rural planning requirements of the State of South Carolina and its implementing regulations. Compliance with these regulations frames much of this program. Further, the Work Program strives to address South Carolina Department of Transportation planning emphasis areas which are intended to implement the State’s policies for non-urbanized area transportation planning. This is to ensure that projects conceived by CMCOG fulfill Federal and State policies and local issues progress in a timely manner.
The draft FY 2020 & 2021 RPWP can be downloaded from the following link: Draft FY 2020 & 2021 Rural Planning Work Program