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Chico, California
August 9, 2006
Workshop Host Agencies:
Butte County Association of Governments
California Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration, California Division
Shasta County Regional Transportation Planning Agency
Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
Workshop Participants:
Butte Local Agency Formation Commission
California State University, Chico
Cities of Redding, Shasta Lake
Counties of Butte, Shasta, Tehama
Federal Highway Administration
Merced County Association of Governments (MCAG)
Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission
University of California, Davis
Volpe National Transportation Systems Center


The following report summarizes a Peer Workshop on tools and effective practices for scenario planning. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) coordinated and led the daylong workshop in Chico, California. Presenters from the FHWA provided participants with an overview of the scenario planning process and described available resources and tools to assist with scenario planning analysis. Local presenters from the Butte County Association of Governments, Shasta County Regional Transportation Planning Agency, and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency discussed population, quality of life, and development trends in their region. The region is known for its natural resources and prime agricultural lands, but does face development pressure. Host agencies are starting today to proactively plan for change and growth, and are interested in using scenario planning techniques to do so.

Peer presenters from the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission and Merced County Association of Governments presented information on their regions' scenario planning efforts, including the Jefferson Area Eastern Planning Initiative, the Partnership for Integrated Planning (PIP) project, and the new San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Project.

Alt-text: (L-R): Sharon Scherzinger of Caltrans speaking at the workshop; participants on a site visit viewing environmental mitigation activity; Harrison Rue, from the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, speaking at the workshop.

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