APA North Carolina Chapter


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.


Lorna Parkins

Lorna Parkins is Michael Baker International’s Vice President for Transportation Planning. She has focused her 30-year career on the interrelationships between Transportation, Land Use and Economic Development. She has led statewide and MPO long range plan projects and a wide variety of multimodal corridor and area studies. Her scenario ... Read More

Radha Krishna Swayampakala, PE, PTOE

Radha Krishna Swayampakala is responsible for RS&H's Transportation-Infrastructure Practice North Carolina office. He has 16 years of professional experience with an emphasis on traffic engineering, travel demand modeling, transportation planning, NEPA documentation, noise analysis, and GIS projects. Read More

Robert Cook, AICP

Bob Cook, AICP, has more than 30 years of planning experience. He currently serves as the Assistant Planning Director of the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization Division of the CHarlotte Planning Design and Development Department.He was secretary of the CRTPO from 2004 through 2018. Prior to that, he worked ... Read More

Michelle Nance, AICP

Michelle E. Nance, AICP is the Planning Director for the Centralina Council of Governments, providing planning services to nine counties in the greater Charlotte region. She directs the Council’s work related to land use and transportation, healthy community initiatives, energy and the environment. Her work is focused on helping ... Read More

Kathy Cornett

Kathy Cornett has been a part of Charlotte Planning, Design & Development’s staff since 1999 and has been leading Community Planning for more than ten years. She has successfully managed numerous plans and other projects and has represented the department on interdepartmental projects such as the Cross Charlotte Trail and ... Read More

Contact Info

Neilq Burke, nburke@ci.charlotte.nc.us