The Louisville and Jefferson County Air Board formed a citizens' advisory committee in October 1971. A major contribution of the interaction of these two groups was the formation of a site evaluation committee whose responsibility was to choose the best of several alternative sites for the location of a new airport serving the Louisville region. This paper discusses the way in which the evaluation committee used a certain methodology in the decision-making process. The committee first determined the criteria by which the relative attractiveness of potential airport sites could be evaluated. A criteria utility vector was established by ranking and rating techniques. An effectiveness value was assigned to each alternative for each criterion. Total site utility was obtained by multiplying the effectiveness values by the criteria weights. The principal conclusion reached is that a group of interested and informed citizens and experts can successfully apply a somewhat sophisticated evaluation technique to community decision making. The technique allowed for the consideration of community social and economic values, environmental concerns, and technical data that the committee thought were relevant.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 37-51
  • Monograph Title: Citizen's role in transportation planning
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00130421
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309024617
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 14 1976 12:00AM