French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (FBRMPO)
Website - www.fbrmpo.org
Land of Sky Regional Council (LOSRC), a regional planning agency, represents 19 local governments in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania Counties and for transportation planning also represents 5 local governments in Haywood County.
Designated as the Lead Planning Agency for the Land of Sky Rural Planning Organization (RPO) as well as the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), LOSRC has the primary responsibility for preparation of the Rural Planning Work Program (PWP) and the Urban Area Planning Work Program (PWP). The MPO is also responsible for developing the Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP). Land of Sky Regional Council is the primary local recipient of transportation planning funds received from the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the US Department of Transportation.
The Land of Sky RPO includes the City of Brevard, Towns of Hot Springs, Marshall and Rosman, and the non-urbanized areas of Buncombe, Haywood, Madison, and Transylvania Counties. The French Broad River MPO includes the Cities of Asheville and Hendersonville; the Towns of Biltmore Forest, Black Mountain, Canton, Clyde, Flat Rock, Fletcher, Laurel Park, Maggie Valley, Mars Hill, Mills River, Montreat, Waynesville, Weaverville, and Woodfin; and the urbanized areas of Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania Counties.
Along with the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the US Department of Transportation, these 24 local governments participate in a continuing transportation planning process for the RPO and MPO. Locally based transportation planning gives communities the opportunity to make transportation investment decisions that enhance economic and community development goals.
The RPO works in partnership with the MPO and the North Carolina Department of Transportation in assisting the four counties and 19 municipalities develop a regional transportation planning process. Planning efforts will reach out to each of the counties in order to connect the entire region in developing an multi-modal transportation system that facilitates the safe, efficient movement of people and goods. The RPO and MPO have had a unique chance to create a partnership to coordinate all phases of transportation planning for the Land of Sky and Haywood County area.
A Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC), or Board, and a Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) participate in transportation planning for both the RPO and the MPO. Regular joint meetings are held with RPO and MPO representatives.