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Scenario Planning Peer Workshop Report - Vancouver, Washington

IV. Clark County Values and Next Steps

During the workshop's afternoon sessions, participants broke into small groups and discussed how Clark County might apply Envision Utah's scenario planning model. Participants believed that Envision Utah's values laddering exercise was a particularly relevant concept that could be applied to Clark County. Participants also believed it was important to follow Envision Utah's emphasis on ensuring community ownership of the scenario planning process through public outreach and other methods.

Highlights from the small group discussions are outlined below. Appendix A presents a complete list of responses discussed during the small group breakout exercises.

As part of the small group breakout exercises, participants also identified issues and values that would likely be important to the region if a scenario planning effort were to be conducted in Clark County, including:

In general, the values and issues that workshop participants identified as important were similar to most of the important values articulated as part of Envision Utah's efforts, with the exception of “regional identity.” The identification of regional identity as an important Clark County value might help focus subsequent scenario planning efforts so that they resonate with community members.

Workshop participants gesture to flip charts where breakout groups had documented important values and issues to Clark County. These values and issues were shared with the larger group.Workshop participants gesture to flip charts where breakout groups had documented important values and issues to Clark County. These values and issues were shared with the larger group.

Small group report out and small group discussion.

Overall, participants expressed enthusiasm about the benefits of scenario planning and the concept of values analysis. Given these outcomes, RTC now plans to develop a strategy to conduct scenario planning in Clark County.

The work conducted in the small group exercises will help Clark County move forward to develop a scenario planning process by identifying important partners who can lead the process, foster credibility, and identify the critical regional issues that need to be addressed. Other important outcomes of the exercise were developing a better understanding of the region's political culture and outlining the steps needed to build broad support for scenario planning.


14 For additional information on the Clark County comprehensive plan, see www.clark.wa.gov/planning/comp_plan/index.html.

15 For additional information on the metropolitan LRTP, see http://www.rtc.wa.gov/programs/rtp/clark/.

16 The economic development plan is available at www.credc.org/.

17 The framework plan is incorporated as part of the 2007 Clark County Comprehensive Plan (pages 1-14), available at www.co.clark.wa.us/planning/comp_plan/documents/CompPlan-WebVersion-2010-text.pdf.

Updated: 04/02/2014
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