Office of Planning, Environment, & Realty (HEP)
This report shares highlights from a two-day scenario planning workshop held in Newark, New Jersey, from October 23-24, 2012. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) co-sponsored the workshop, which was hosted by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) at its office in Newark. Approximately 85 participants attended, including representatives from NJTPA, FHWA, FTA, and other Federal, State, and local agencies. Appendix C lists the workshop attendees.
NJTPA requested the workshop to refine its approach for upcoming scenario planning efforts. The agency will engage in scenario planning public workshops to help develop the 2013 update to the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The workshops will also help provide information for the Together North Jersey (TNJ) initiative, which promotes sustainable development practices and strategies in northern New Jersey through a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (RPSD). During the public workshops, which began in winter 2013 but will continue through winter 2014, NJTPA will work with stakeholders to discuss their visions for the region and evaluate trade-offs. This input will help inform the RTP and RPSD.
During the FHWA- and FTA- sponsored workshop, NJTPA staff presented pilot versions of the activities that will be part of the public workshops. The activities will include a "chip" game in which participants place chips on a map to indicate where they believe future development should occur, as well as a shared values exercise developed by TNJ that solicits feedback on what people value most about their communities. A panel of three expert peers also participated in the workshop:
Peers shared information on several topics of interest to NJTPA. EU provided an overview of its own experiences in developing a chip game and discussing trade-offs with the public (NJTPA is adapting EU's chip game model for the northern New Jersey region). SPC provided perspectives on integrating land use, transportation, and economic development considerations into scenarios. CMAP shared information on best practices related to visualization of scenarios and how to effectively convey the results of scenario analysis to the public. Discussions held during the workshop also allowed NJTPA to obtain feedback from the peers on how to refine and tailor the chip game, shared values exercise, and overall format for NJTPA's scenario planning public workshops.