Scenario Planning Peer Workshop: Mooresville, NC July 20, 2005

This report summarizes a Peer Workshop on tools and effective practices for scenario planning. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) coordinated and supported the one day workshop. The FHWA North Carolina Division Office, the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and the Town of Mooresville hosted the event in Mooresville, North Carolina. Presenters at the workshop provided participants with an overview of the scenario planning process, shared examples of scenario planning efforts from elsewhere in the country, and described available resources and tools to assist with scenario planning analysis. Participants then brainstormed ideas for scenario planning in the Mooresville region. Scenario planning is a process in which transportation professionals and citizens work together to analyze and shape the long-term future of their communities. Using a variety of tools and techniques, participants in scenario planning assess trends in key factors such as transportation and congestion, land use, safety, demographics, health, economic development, and the environment. The participants bring the factors together to develop future scenarios; each of these alternative scenarios reflects different trend assumptions and tradeoff preferences, such as directing growth to some areas to preserve other areas. In the end, all members of the community – the general public, business leaders, and elected officials – work together to gain consensus on a scenario for the future. This scenario becomes the long-term policy framework and is used to guide decision-making in the present since the effect of these decisions today may not be realized for several years to come.

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    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Planning, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 2005-10


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 15p

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  • Accession Number: 01765745
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Created Date: Feb 3 2021 11:33AM