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Mission Statement

The mission of the Lake Havasu Metropolitan Planning Organization is to provide open leadership and guidance for regional transportation planning through a cooperative effort that will result in a practical and positive growth model beneficial to residents, visitors and businesses.

What is LHMPO and how did we get here?

A metropolitan planning organization (MPO) is a federally mandated and federally funded transportation policy-making organization in the United States that is made up of representatives from local government and governmental transportation authorities. The United States Congress passed the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1962, which required the formation of an MPO for any urbanized area (UZA) with a population greater than 50,000. Federal funding for transportation projects and programs are channeled through this planning process. Congress created MPOs in order to ensure that existing and future expenditures of governmental funds for transportation projects and programs are based on a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive (“3 C”) planning process. Statewide and metropolitan transportation planning processes are governed by federal law (23 U.S.C. §§ 134–135). Transparency through public access to participation in the planning process and electronic publication of plans now is required by federal law. As of 2013, there are eight MPOs in Arizona.

The 2010 United States Census indicated that Lake Havasu City had surpassed the 50,000 population threshold thus requiring the establishment of a MPO. On January 8, 2013, the Lake Havasu City Council adopted Resolution Number 13-2697 approving the establishment of the Lake Havasu Metropolitan Planning Organization (LHMPO) and Resolution Number 13-2698 establishing the boundaries of LHMPO. All MPO documents were forwarded to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) for review and processing. On March 26, 2013, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer sent a formal letter to the Federal Highway Administration requesting establishment of the Lake Havasu Metropolitan Planning Organization.

To keep LHMPO costs low, Lake Havasu City acts as the fiduciary agent and provide LHMPO office space at the Lake Havasu City - City Hall building.


Why LHMPO is essential:

  • Transportation investment means allocating scarce federal and other transportation funding resources appropriately in our area;
  • Planning needs to reflect the region’s shared vision for its future;
  • Adequate transportation planning requires a comprehensive examination of the region’s future and investment alternatives; and
  • LHMPO is needed to facilitate collaboration of Lake Havasu City, Mohave County, the State of Arizona, interested parties, and residents in the planning process.
  • Metropolitan Planning Manager - M. Jean Knight
  • Administrative Specialist – Jeanette Buckley
LHMPO Planning Area Boundary Map
City Hall Lake Havasu Metropolitan Planning Organization
900 London Bridge Road, Transit Bldg. Lake Havasu City, AZ 86404
Phone: (928) 453-2823