2018 National Planning Conference

All About Scenario Planning

Monday, April 15, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198005

Location: 3014

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  • Learn more about scenario planning and its uses.
  • Consider how scenario planning would fit into your planning processes.
  • Understand different scenario planning applications in different contexts.


While many planners are interested in using scenario planning in their work, the planning field is short on resources to help them answer some key questions: Is scenario planning right for my project? What elements go into a scenario planning process? How do I get started designing one? This session is designed to help provide participants with a framework for answering these questions. Get an overview of what scenario planning is, how it can be used, and receive basic guidance on how to design a scenario planning process, and useful resources. Hear from practitioners who have used scenario planning at a variety of levels as they talk about the problems they were trying to solve with scenario planning, how they designed their processes, and what they learned along the way.

Session Speakers

Amy A. Cotter
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Cambridge, MA

Brett J. Fusco
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
Philadelphia, PA

Benjamin P. Zellers, AICP
Miami University Library 22945761
Madison, WI