D5: Regional planning
Thursday, April 25, 2019
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. EDT
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Transportation agencies face a significant challenge planning for long-range transportation needs at a time when trends are volatile and traditional models can't keep up. This presentation will address exploratory scenario planning, an approach to answer the questions "What could happen?" and "What should we prepare for?" This is distinctly different from traditional regional scenario planning which asks "What should happen?" and identifies a desired future to pursue. Two examples will be discussed, including Virginia's 2040 statewide Transportation Plan, which employed sketch planning methods to address economic, demographic and technology trends; and a more model-intensive approach that is being undertaken in the Hampton Roads region's scenario planning for their 2045 LRTP. Both approaches include critical land use-transportation linkages. These linkages facilitate the development of a range of assumptions regarding future trend drivers - including technology - and help shape the performance assessment of each scenario.
This session will detail changes made to the MTP document and planning process from the 2040 MTP to the 2045 MTP. Speakers will cover topics such as schedule, engagement, content, and process/implementation activities. Speakers will also discuss how North Carolina’s Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) law impacted the development of financial plans and project lists.
Staff will also share their assessment of the 2045 MTP update – including what worked and what can be improved– as well as the plan for ensuring opportunities for improvement are addressed in the next MTP update. Topics will include ideas to maintain momentum after plan adoption and be proactive in preparing for the next update, as well as ways to keep elected officials and stakeholders engaged and informed between plan cycles. Presenters will leave time for other MPO staff to share ways they have improved their MTP document and update process.
The CONNECT Our Future project developed a consensus based regional growth framework using place types as a common language for talking about land use on a regional scale. Place types enabled regional scenario planning across 14 counties and two states, which led to a preferred growth scenario. Since CONNECT, place types have been used in comprehensive and corridor planning and create the backbone for allocating population and employment forecasts to traffic analysis zones.
Charlotte has taken this information to begin to build its own Place Types Palette that is nuanced to our community, yet whose data can feed into the regional model. As we move into Phase 2 of our comprehensive planning initiative, we will take this even further with growth scenario modeling, similar to what was done in CONNECT.
Radha Krishna Swayampakala, PE, PTOE
Robert Cook, AICP
Michelle Nance, AICP
Neilq Burke, email@example.com