Rural Planning Organization

Southwestern RPO Public Involvement Policy – current

SWRPO Public Involvement Plan_Revised 2015 – proposed

The Southwestern RPO proposes the following revisions to the Public Involvement Policy.  Public Comments will be accepted from September 28 – December 1, 2015.  Send comments to Rose Bauguess at or 828-586-1962.

The Southwestern RPO has approved the following projects to be included in the list for consideration in the next round of funding priorities.  This list is not inclusive of all existing projects, only new submittals to the list.  Priority projects will be selected in the spring and summer of 2016.

2015-09-28 SWRPO P4.0 Project Submittal Lists ALL

SPOT 4.0 Schedule


January 26, 2015

March 23, 2015

May 19, 2015

September 28, 2015

November 23, 2015

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.

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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.


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.