recognizes the need for coordinated planning efforts outside
the metropolitan areas. To achieve this goal, MoDOT will work with the regional
planning organizations throughout the state. The RPOs were
established as a result of the State and Regional Planning
Community Development Act of 1965.
Because RPOs coordinate local issues
related to regional planning and development, they maintain
an active working relationship with MoDOT. Federal law requires
that states consult local officials in the transportation
planning process. Regional planning organizations are consortiums
of local governments. As such, they develop regional consensus
and address transportation issues and are the most logical
entities to help MoDOT fulfill federal requirements and capture
local perspectives. MoDOT relies on RPOs to provide uniform
planning services that reflect local needs and priorities.
the Regional Planning Commissions (pdf, 582 kb)