Environmental Justice & Title VI
Title VI & Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 (P.L. 100.259), the Orange County Department of Planning (OCDP) and the Orange County Transportation Council (OCTC) have been active in working to assure that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, sex, age, disability or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity. OCTC has incorporated Title VI, Limited English Proficiency (LEP), and Environmental Justice requirements into the planning and programming process.
Below, please find in PDF form, the Title VI Plan and Policy Statement, as well as the Title VI Complaint Procedures and Forms, which are available in both English and Spanish. These documents detail the process and procedure for submitting a complaint.
Title VI Documents:
- Title VI Complaint Form (PDF)
- Title VI Complaint Procedures (PDF)
- Title VI Plan (PDF)
- Title VI Policy Statement (PDF)
General OCTC meeting announcements are presently only in English. Special planning initiatives in areas with large LEP populations may be made available in languages other than English, such as for the various public meetings held for the Long Range Transportation Plan. All OCTC meetings are held at ADA compliant facilities. Please contact OCTC Staff if you need assistance in attending meetings or accessing meeting information or materials.
Executive Order 12898 of 1994, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations, looks to identify and address “disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects” on low-income and minority populations. Executive Order 12898 evokes similar principles of the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In support of Executive Order 12898, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) issued an Order on Environmental Justice (USDOT Order 5610.2) in 1997, followed by a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Order on Environmental Justice (FHWA Order 6640.23) in 1998. The Federal Highway Administration order requires the incorporation of Environmental Justice principles in all FHWA programs, policies, and activities. As a federally funded agency, the OCTC is required to be in compliance with both of these federal regulations.
There are three core Environmental Justice principles:
- Avoid, minimize, or mitigate disproportionately high and adverse human health and environmental effects, including social and economic effects, on minority and low-income populations
- Ensure full and fair participation of all potentially affected communities in the transportation decision-making process
- Prevent the denial of, reduction in, or significant delay in the receipt of benefits by minority and low-income populations
For more information on how OCTC incorporates Non-Discrimination policies such as Title VI, LEP, and Environmental Justice regulations into the transportation programming and planning processes, please contact OCTC Staff.