It is the purpose of this section to prescribe the policy of the Rapides Area Planning Commission (herein referred to as RAPC) whose employees serve as staff to the Alexandria/Pineville Metropolitan Planning Organization (herein referred to as the MPO) and the Central Louisiana Regional Infrastructure Beltway Commission (herein referred to as the Beltway Commission) with regard to employment of consultants for research, environmental, and planning projects by (1) a competitive process and (2) a noncompetitive process.