Office of Planning, Environment, & Realty (HEP)
Scenario planning is a technique to identify and assess future alternatives related to transportation, land use, and other factors. Scenarios present stories about the future, with each alternative suggesting a different set of possible conditions and outcomes. One of the defining features of the technique is that it provides a framework for actively involving the public, the business community, and local elected officials on a broad scale. Through scenario development and assessment, stakeholders are educated about and provide feedback on the critical trends addressing a region or study area and trade-offs related to future decision-making. Stakeholder feedback can then be incorporated into plans for the future.