INFORMAL DISCUSSIONS OF SELECTED TOPICS FROM THE TRANSPORTATION AND LAND DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

The speakers focused on topics that mirrored changing priorities in transportation and land use policies as they affect governmental responsibilities at each government level. Stress was placed on emerging initiatives in the present administration for a new national policy on urban growth and development at the same time that priorities in public programs are either changing or under stress. Note was taken, for example, of a popular vote in one major eastern city that favored job stimulation over environmental regulation, while another panelist stressed that our national concern with growth problems and growth management has not allowed us to concentrate sufficiently on the problems of declining areas. Transportation programs were seen to provide new initiatives in community building and land development, at the same time that national and state agencies were unsure of themselves in responding to these initiatives. An example was the opportunity to create multicentered suburban activity centers that is provided by newly planned radial mass transportation systems. State governments and regional agencies were also seen to face an uncertain future as the roles allotted to them in national planning and related programs remain unclear. One panelist indicated that the role of state planning and development agencies remains unclear in an administration that apparently intends to place greater stress on regional solutions to urban problems. At the same time, regional transportation planning agencies were seen to be struggling with their new planning mandates, and some urged a review of experience to date under unified transportation planning programs. /Author/

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  • Accession Number: 00193477
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 26 1979 12:00AM