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Community Outreach

Public participation plays a critical role in identifying and addressing a transportation project's potential impact on quality of life issues such as:

  • Land Use
  • Businesses
  • Safety
  • Social Networks
  • Housing
  • Plants and Wildlife
  • Aesthetics
  • Health
  • Recreation
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Cultural Resources
  • Air/Water Quality

These are the ways the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) will communicate with the Route 21 (McCarter Highway) communities through this Web site as well as:

All printed materials will be produced in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

The Route 21 (McCarter Highway) community outreach plan emphasizes these principles:

  • Clear and honest communication with the public
  • Recommendations stemming from dialogue with the public
  • Inclusive platform to foster public confidence and support
  • Research-supported message of ecological and social benefit

Abiding by these principles, the Route 21 (McCarter Highway) community outreach plan will meet the requirements for ensuring Environmental Justice. Executive Order 12898 (pdf 29 kb), issued in 1994, directs federal and state agencies to incorporate Environmental Justice as part of their mission by identifying and addressing the effects of all programs, policies and activities on minority and low-income populations.

The fundamental principles of Environmental Justice are:

  • To ensure the full and fair participation by all potentially affected communities in the transportation decision-making process.
  • To prevent the denial of, reduction in, or significant delay in the receipt of benefits by minority and low-income populations.
  • To avoid, minimize, or mitigate disproportionately high and adverse human health and environmental effects, including social and economic effects, on minority populations and low-income populations.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF files which is available at our state Adobe Acrobat Access page.

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