Public Participation

The MPO provides a continuous, cooperative, and comprehensive planning process for the area. As part of this process, the MPO solicits public review and comment on the work, projects, and products that it creates and proposes.

The MPO’s public participation process is outlined in the Public Participation Plan. The process aims to provide citizens, stakeholder groups, and other interested parties with reasonable opportunities to be involved in planning processes.

Public Participation Plan


Public Comment Period Open for Polk County Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Des Moines Area MPO, on behalf of Polk County, is seeking public comment now through Monday, March 25, on the Polk County Hazard Mitigation Plan. You can review the chapters and leave comments below. 

The purpose of hazard mitigation is to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from hazards. Polk County and participating jurisdictions developed this multi-jurisdictional local hazard mitigation plan update to reduce future losses to the County and its communities resulting from hazard events. The plan was prepared pursuant to the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 and to achieve eligibility for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Programs.

Plan Chapters

Executive Summary
Chapter 1 — Introduction and Planning Process
Chapter 2 — Planning Area Profile and Capabilities
Chapter 3 — Risk Assessment 
Chapter 4 — Mitigation Strategy 
Chapter 5 — Plan Maintenance Process

Public Comment


Ways to Get Involved

There are multiple ways for people to get involved in the MPO, including:

Language Assistance Program

The Language Assistance Plan (LAP) seeks to ensure that individuals with limited English proficiency have meaningful access to the transportation planning process.

MPO Language Assistance Plan 2015

Translation Services

The Des Moines Area MPO offers translation services to non-English speaking members of the public who wish to participate in the MPO’s public meetings, programs or other planning activities. For more information, click here.