Rural Planning Organization


The Southwestern Rural Planning Organization (RPO) is an agency that provides transportation planning and mapping/GIS support to Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties, and the municipalities therein. It serves as a forum for local officials and citizens to interact with NCDOT staff on a regular basis, and for NCDOT to obtain substantial and meaningful local input on transportation plans and projects. More information on Rural Planning Organizations can be found on the North Carolina Association of RPOs website.



January 26, 2015

March 23, 2015

May 19, 2015

September 28, 2015

November 23, 2015  CANCELLED

2016-2025 DRAFT STIP

The DRAFT State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for Fiscal Years 2016-2025 was released on December 4, 2014 by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

The Southwestern RPO portion of the Draft STIP can be viewed here.

Click here for a map of NCDOT Division 14 showing all projects funded in the STIP.

Read the NCDOT press release here.

Next steps: NCDOT will hold a public comment period and public meetings in March and April to seek input on the Draft STIP. The Board of Transportation is expected to approve the Final 2016-2025 STIP in June 2015, which will be the final step in implementing the Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) Law.  Read more about STI here.

The Southwestern RPO Technical Coordinating Committee and the Technical Advisory Committee put a lot of work into the SPOT 3.0 work that fed into the Draft STIP.  The region will have another opportunity to prioritize projects during SPOT 4.0.

Comprehensive Transportation Plans (CTP):

The Southwestern RPO works with the NC DOT Transportation Planning Branch and a local task force to produce a Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) for each county. Click here for information about CTPs.

For more information about transportation planning in your county, click on the county name on the list above left.


******** More RPO information ********

Transportation Prioritization 3.0 Final Project List

Current List of Transportation Projects in Southwestern RPO (updated September 3,  2014)

Current List of Significant Transportation Projects in Southwestern RPO (updated August 18, 2014)

Strategic Transportation Investments: Summary Explanation of NCDOT’s Data Driven Transportation Prioritization Methodologies

Southwestern RPO Local Prioritization Methodology for Prioritization 3.0:  this methodology is used by the RPO to give local input to the NC Department of Transportation on which transportation projects are the highest priority in our area.

Southwestern RPO Public Involvement Policy

Strategic Transportation Investments – Click for more information about NCDOT’s new method of prioritizing and funding projects.

View the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution’s Collaboration Assessment Report on Corridor K .