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Integrated Planning

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Integrated planning is an approach that recognizes the continuing need to link short, as well as, long-range transportation planning and corridor level planning studies performed by state and local governments to the planning processes performed by resource conservation and management agencies.

Exhibit C
Shows the same "PEL puzzle" as in Exhibit A, but this version is faded out except for two of the nested rings: Resource Conservation and Management, and Planning.. The outer ring is made up of three puzzle pieces showing steps taken in resource planning where information is communicated and linkages to transportation planning can be made: 1. establishment and prioritization of opportunities; 2. identification and integration of management plans; and 3. assessment of effects. The middle ring of the puzzle shows five corresponding areas where the resource information is used in the transportation planning process: 1. adopted transportation plan, 2. mitigation strategies, 3. identification of needs, 4. identification of solutions, and 5. solutions assessment.

Integrated planning is a collaborative, well-coordinated decision-making process that solves the mobility and accessibility needs of communities. It meets multiple community goals–from economic development and community livability to environmental protection and equity. In short, integrated planning provides users of transportation systems more choices and more information. The linkages it creates can be enduring and be valuable in a variety of ways.

Exhibit C shows three linkages. The outer, multicolor circle shows steps taken in resource planning where information is communicated and linkages to transportation planning can be made: (moving clockwise) identify and integrate management plans, assess effects, and establish and prioritize opportunities. The middle puzzle pieces show four corresponding steps where that type of information is used in the transportation planning process. The linkages between these processes represent integrated planning.

This graphic does not show all the steps in these processes, rather it shows the specific steps where there is a PEL linkage. The following sections describe these linkages.

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