Citizens Advisory Team (CAT)
Since 2002, ADOT has worked with a Citizens Advisory Team (CAT), representing various stakeholder groups in the South Mountain Freeway Study Area. The group meets regularly to review environmental and technical data, discuss the interests and concerns of their respective organizations, and to help find a consensus solution for this proposed project.
The CAT's recommendation is one of many factors ADOT and the Federal Highway Administration will consider during the study process examining this proposed freeway. While the CAT's progress is tied to the development and review of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, the team will ultimately make a recommendation to the study team as part of an expanded effort to collect diverse input from the community. Likewise, individual members of the community will have an opportunity to review the draft environmental document, attend a public hearing, and provide comments to be included in the Final Environmental Impact Statement.
The CAT reconvened in January 2010 to continue its evaluation. Following the public release of the Draft EIS, the CAT had the opportunity to provide a final recommendation of "build" or "no-build" based on available alternatives for the South Mountain Freeway. Timing of this recommendation, signaled the accomplishment of the CAT's mission, was based on the progress of the Draft EIS and was completed during the 90-day public comment period. View the final recommendation summary.
There are no upcoming meetings scheduled at this time.
Since the CAT's formation in 2002 to support community involvement with the South Mountain Freeway Study, the team has produced recommendation papers and decision documents to help guide their processes of reviewing the various technical elements of such a complex study. Ultimately, the team will be asked only to consider a build or no-build recommendation, but interim steps throughout the process have provided important input and guidance to ADOT and the study team.
- 2006: Alternatives – This page details the western and eastern alignments under review, the process for examining those alternatives and which alignments have progressed in the corridor study.
- 2006: Evaluation Criteria – This is a list of the evaluation criteria the SMCAT used to evaluate the alternatives.
- Criteria Importance Graph – This graph shows the criteria that were the most important to the SMCAT members.
- 2006: Alternative Matrix – The members rated how well the alternative met each of their evaluation criteria using a scale of 1-9 with 9 being the best. This matrix shows the values given to each alternative for each criterion.
- 2006: Alternative Comparison Graph – This graph compares how each alternative was rated by criteria.
- 2006: SMCAT Letter to ADOT – This is the SMCAT letter submitting their recommendation to ADOT, which is signed by each member of the team that participated in the April 27, 2006, evaluation process.
CAT members represent a variety of organizations throughout the study area: