Scenario Planning Peer Workshop: Dubuque, Iowa May 13, 2005

This report summarizes a Peer Workshop on tools and effective practices for scenario planning. The Workshop was coordinated and supported by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The FHWA Iowa Division Office and the East Central Intergovernmental Association hosted this one-day workshop in Dubuque, Iowa. 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, described available resources and tools to assist with scenario planning analysis, and participants then brainstormed ideas for scenario planning in the Dubuque 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 in alternative future scenarios, each of these reflecting different trend assumptions and tradeoff preferences. In the end, all members of the community – the general public, business leaders, and elected officials – reach agreement on a preferred scenario. This scenario becomes the long-term policy framework for the community's evolution, 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

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  • Publication Date: 2005-10


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Maps; Photos;
  • Pagination: 13p

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  • Accession Number: 01765743
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Created Date: Feb 3 2021 11:36AM