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Noteworthy Practices and Innovative Uses

This page is designed to provide you with links to noteworthy practices and innovative uses of scenario planning.


Below are several resources that provide information about organizations that have been engaged in Scenario Planning since the 1990's. These resources provide a national picture of Scenario Planning activities across the country.

Integrating Land Use Issues into Transportation Planning: Scenario Planning Summary Report
The University of Utah, under a cooperative agreement with FHWA, prepared a study to identify the antecedents to current land use-transportation scenario planning, observes trends emerging from the recent examples, and explores whether the technique has entered the state of the practice in land use-transportation planning.

Integrating Land Uses Issues into Transportation Planning: Scenario Planning Bibliography
The University of Utah, under a cooperative agreement with FHWA, created a bibliography of the state of the practice in land use-transportation scenario planning. This annotated bibliography highlights the breadth of the technique and some of the themes that are emerging by reviewing 79 scenario-planning projects from more than 50 metropolitan areas in the United States.

Noteworthy Practices

Below are descriptions and links to organizations that are engaged in Scenario Planning activities. Contact these organizations directly for more information.

2040 Regional Framework Plan
Local elected officials and planners have an important new set of tools to aid land-use decisions in the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission's 2040 Regional Framework Plan. The comprehensive plan is the culmination of an extensive public-involvement process that included 200 workshops where 4,000 participants expressed their vision of how the region should address growth through the year 2040.

Envision Utah
Envision Utah is a non-profit formed in 1997 to evaluate growth issues in Utah. Eighty-five percent of its funding comes from private sources. Envision Utah's initial process in 1997 created a clear civic view of transportation and growth in the area. Some of the agencies that they worked with on this effort included Utah Department of Transportation and Utah Transit Authority. The plan that they created focused on sub-areas within the valley, and each local government adopted the plan as an addendum to their general plans. Their effort also won the American Planning Association's Daniel Burnham Award and the Urban Land Institute's Award for Excellence.

Sacramento Blueprint
Sacramento Blueprint is the product of a three-year, award-winning public involvement effort and is intended to guide land-use and transportation choices over the next 50 years as the region's population grows from its current population of 2 million to include more than 3.8 million people. The Preferred Blueprint Scenario will become part of SACOG's Metropolitan Transportation Plan update for 2005, the long-range transportation plan for the six-county region. It also will serve as a framework to guide local government in growth and transportation planning through 2050.

Idaho's Transportation Future: Getting There Together
The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), working in partnership with transportation providers, users and stakeholders throughout the state, is developing a comprehensive and shared transportation vision for Idaho. To address the numerous challenges associated with creating such a vision, ITD has decided to engage in a unique visioning process. Guided by principles, values and common futures endorsed by a large community of stakeholders, the vision will guide and inform transportation decision-makers. The vision will be accessible to the citizens and users, and be flexible in its implementation. Most importantly it will reflect the diverse and unique needs of Idaho. Go to for more information about Idaho's Transportation Future.

Thomas Jefferson Area Eastern Planning Initiative (EPI)
The small city and rural areas that make up the Charlottesville, Virginia region are growing rapidly. While growth stimulates new economic and cultural resources, many are concerned that the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the historical ambience of Monticello are being encroached upon by strip commercial development and dispersed subdivisions. These concerns prompted the Sustainability Council of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) to develop the broadly supported 1998 "Sustainability Accords".

In January 2000 the TJPDC launched the Jefferson Area Eastern Planning Initiative (EPI) with a grant from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Transportation & Community & System Preservation (TCSP) Program. The EPI Advisory Committee, made up of elected officials, residents, and leaders from business, development, environmental and community groups, met eleven times and hosted four public workshops during the two-year study.

FHWA Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Website
The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) GIS in Transportation website. Here you can learn about noteworthy practices and innovative uses of GIS for transportation, find out about GIS-related events, explore other GIS resources, and learn who to contact in FHWA about particular GIS questions or issues

Transportation, Community, and System Preservation Program
The Transportation, Community, and System Preservation (TCSP) Program is a comprehensive initiative of research and grants to investigate the relationships between transportation, community, and system preservation plans and practices and identify provide sector-based initiatives to improve such relationships. States, metropolitan planning organizations, local governments, and tribal governments are eligible for discretionary grants to carry out eligible projects to integrate transportation, community, and system preservation plans and practices that improve the efficiency of the transportation system; reduce environmental impacts of transportation; reduce the need for costly future public infrastructure investments; ensure efficient access to jobs, services, and centers of trade; and examine private sector development patterns and investments that support these goals.

Updated: 10/20/2015
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