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Scenario Planning Peer Workshop Report - Vancouver, Washington

I. Summary

This report summarizes key findings from a one-day scenario planning workshop held in Vancouver, Washington. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (RTC), and the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) jointly sponsored and hosted the workshop. RTC is the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Vancouver and Portland (Oregon) urbanized area and is the state-designated Regional Transportation Planning Organization for Clark, Skamania, and Klickitat counties in Washington.

Clark County has experienced extensive population growth over the past twenty years. The county is expected to add nearly 220,000 people by 2035; however, the Cascade Mountains and two rivers bordering the county leave little room for expansion. RTC aims to use scenario planning as a mechanism to help determine effective land use and transportation plans that can accommodate Clark County's projected population growth.

The goals of the workshop were to:

Given outcomes from the small group breakout sessions and the day's activities, RTC now plans to develop a strategy to conduct scenario planning in Clark County.

Alan Matheson, Executive Director of Envision Utah, participated in the workshop as the featured peer speaker. Envision Utah, a nonprofit and public-private partnership based in Utah, facilitates visioning processes to help communities identify sustainable growth strategies.1 During the workshop, Mr. Matheson shared examples, best practices, and lessons learned from Envision Utah's experiences.

Sixty-five participants attended the workshop, including representatives from: FHWA, the USDOT Volpe Center, RTC, WSDOT, the City of Vancouver and nearby cities, the Clark County Community Development and Planning offices, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler's office, the office of Washington Senator Patty Murray, the Port of Vancouver, several private sector businesses, the Vancouver City Council, the Evergreen Public School system, and several other agencies and organizations. Appendix C includes a complete participant list.

1 For more information on Envision Utah, see

Updated: 10/20/2015
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