LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Executive Director Eva Rey of the Lakewood Ranch Inter-District Authority has been formally confirmed to serve on the Citizen Advisory Committee of the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Commission.
Rey attended her first meeting of the committee as an observer Sept. 11 and was confirmed by the MPO board Monday.
"I was officially confirmed, just for the record, and I was surprised by how many people actually go to the meetings," Rey told members of the IDA Board during a monthly Agenda Review Workshop on Tuesday morning.
The MPO advisory com
mittee volunteer members represent a cross-section of the citizens of Manatee and Sarasota counties and their respective cities. They provides input and guidance on long-range transportation planning affecting the entire region.
The CAC is instrumental in helping the MPO develop transportation plans for the two-county region to meet the growing needs of the area.
Rey said she is well-versed on resident concerns at Lakewood Ranch and the supervisors who govern the master-planned community, including traffic and related issues on major thoroughfares such as Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and University Parkway.
Residents are also wary of additional traffic resulting from the opening next month of the new Mall at University Town Center, the future reconstruction of Interstate 75 and the University Parkway Interchange and the development of the Fort Hamer Bridge to the north, Rey said.
"We're looking forward to having her participate. We have many educated, experienced people who are knowledgeable about transportation and we're looking forward to having her join the group," said David Hutchinson, planning manager.
Rey's first meeting as a fully ratified member of the Citizen Advisory Committee will be the first Thursday in October at MPO headquarters in Sarasota.
Hutchinson said there is another opening on the CAC for a minority representative. Interested parties can contact the MPO directly at mympo.org or seek nomination from Manatee County or any city within the county.
Kathryn Moschella, Lakewood Ranch reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7010. Follow her on Twitter @Moschellaherald.