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Traverse City, Michigan
July 27, 2006
Workshop Host Agencies
Traverse City Transportation and Land Use Study
Michigan Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration, Michigan Division
Workshop Participants:
Camp Dresser McKee
Chelsea Environmental
Corwith Township Planning Commission
Cities of Boyne City
Counties of Antrim, Benzie, Blair, Charlevoix, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska
Federal Highway Administration
Grand Traverse Band
Grand Traverse County Road Commission
Grand Valley Metropolitan Council
Land Information Access Association
Mead and Hunt
Michigan Land Use Institute
Michigan State University
Munson Medical Institute
New Designs for Growth
Northern Lakes Economic Alliance
Northwest Michigan Council of Governments
Northwestern Michigan College
Northwestern Regional Airport Commission
San Luis Obispo Council of Governments
TART Trails, Inc
Townships of Acme, Elmwood, Garfield, Peninsula
Traverse City Area Public Schools
Traverse City Area Transportation And Land Use Study
Traverse City Housing Commission
Village of Kingsley
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 Traverse City, Michigan. 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. A local presenter from the Traverse City Transportation and Land Use Study (TC-TALUS) discussed population, quality of life, and development trends in the Traverse City region.

Peer presenters from the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (California) and Michigan's Grand Valley Metropolitan Council presented information on their regions' scenario planning efforts, including using real-time feedback to engage stakeholders and both high and low-tech methods for scenario planning. Lively debated ensued in the breakout sessions and discussion periods, focused primarily on stakeholder engagement and incorporating scenario planning into upcoming planning studies in the Traverse City Region.

Alt-text: (L-R): Steve Devencenzi of the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments speaking at the workshop; participants speaking during a breakout discussion; Jay Hoekstra of the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council speaking at the workshop.

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