In 1966, the Regional Planning Commission was decided as the most appropriate existing agency in Richland County to take on the Comprehensive Land Use and Transportation Study.  Due to conflicts in the rules and regulations governing membership on the RCRPC and membership on the Policy Body of the Comprehensive Land Use and Transportation Study, it was necessary to create a separate autonomous body, a “Coordinating Committee,” to oversee this new transportation responsibility.  This committee became to be known as the Metropolitan Planning Organization.  Organized though the RCRPC, the MPO for the Mansfield Urbanized Area is the Coordinating Committee of the Continuing Land Use and Transportation Study. There are five core functions of the RCRPC MPO: