Creation of the local involvement
committee. A public private local involvement committee shall be
established for each proposed project. The committee will be known as the local
involvement committee or "LIC." Within sixty days after defining the initial
affected project area, all appointments to the LIC shall be made and submitted
to the department.
The LIC membership shall consist of:
(a) One elected official of each county and
one elected official from each city lying wholly or in part within the affected
project area. Such members shall be appointed by a majority of the members of
the county or city legislative authority.
(b) Two persons from each county lying wholly
or in part within the affected project area each of whom represents an
organization formed in support of the proposed project, if any such
organizations exist; and two persons from each county lying wholly or in part
within the affected project area each of whom represents an organization formed
to oppose the proposed project, if any such organizations exist. Such members
shall be appointed by the county legislative authority. Prior to such
appointment, the county legislative authority shall identify and validate
organizations officially formed in support of or in opposition to the proposed
project. The method of validation shall be devised by the county. Appointments
shall be made from list(s) submitted by the chairs of the validated
organizations. The county legislative authority shall submit a list of the
appointed members in writing to the department.
(c) Four public members active in a statewide
transportation organization who shall be appointed by the governor.
(d) Vacancies in the membership of the LIC
shall be filled by the appointing authority under (a) through (c) of this
(e) If the committee
makeup results in an even number of committee members, there shall be an
additional appointment of an elected official from the county in which all, or
the greatest portion of the proposed project is located.
Compensation and expenses.
Members of the LIC shall serve without compensation and may not receive
reimbursement for subsistence, lodging expenses, or travel expenses from the
Each LIC will serve in an advisory capacity to the department on
all matters related to the administration of the public advisory elections
(a) Reviewing the methodology,
criteria and recommendations developed in the traffic and economic studies and
used by the department to establish the initial affected project area
(b) Reviewing the initial
affected project area boundary and recommending adjustments, if any are deemed
desirable, to the geographic boundaries and the LIC membership.
(c) Reviewing the project description that is
based upon the preferred alternative selected by the department and
recommending changes, if any are deemed desirable, in order for the department
to prepare the final project description.
(d) Recommending to the department the date
for the public advisory elections that are within those dates established by
(e) Providing advice
on any other matters identified by the department related to the administration
of the public advisory election in the affected project areas.
LIC meeting and
(a) LIC meetings shall be
open to the public and shall be subject to the requirements of the Open Public
42.30.030. The public shall have advance
notice of LIC meetings as described in LIC procedures established in (b) of
this subsection. Meetings shall be held in locations within the affected
project areas and be accessible for persons with disabilities.
(b) Within thirty days of the first LIC
meeting, each LIC shall develop meeting procedures to include but not be
limited to the frequency and location of meetings, alternate members, methods
of public notification and public participation at the meetings. Each LIC shall
also develop its own method of providing recommendations to the department,
provided that all decisions of the LIC shall be made by a simple majority of
the LIC members. A simple majority shall be defined as fifty percent of the
members plus one member of the LIC committee.
(c) All LIC meeting summaries, reports,
correspondence and other materials are subject to public disclosure pursuant to
chapter 42.17 RCW.
Administrative support to LIC's. The department shall provide
administrative support to the LIC's. Such support shall include notifying
members of meetings, providing public notification of meetings, facilitating
meetings, arranging for meetings and materials, and other necessary