1. Scenario Development
This task involves the development of scenario maps that project a variety of ideas of how private development, transportation investments and environmental conservation might occur in the future. This task involves a number of opportunities to refine the scenarios using feedback from local planners and the steering committee. Future quality of life is projected for each scenario, such as what will air quality be like?, how much traffic congestion?, how extensive will development be?, or what is the mix of housing that is pictured? These quality-of-life benchmark criteria help residents understand the consequences of the land-use and transportation strategies embodied in each scenario. This approach also allows the public to compare various quality-of-life measures among all scenarios, including the baseline scenario.
2. Evaluation of Scenarios
After alternative scenarios are developed and tested, community meetings are scheduled. Here, the scenarios are evaluated by residents and results are made know to the general community. The community meetings are opportunities to learn which elements within each scenario have the most public support. On-line surveys are another avenue for the public to evaluate the scenarios.