Regional plans are difficult to get right—they are often ineffective and unimplemented. Regional planning processes typically suffer from limited scope, compromised political support, unreliable base information, limited or insignificant public involvement in the decision making process, and unrealistic implementation cost estimates.
Most regional plans are developed from a ‘10,000-foot elevation’ perspective without understanding what needs to happen at the ‘ground level’. Our process is effective because we are able to address both the big picture and the ground level issues required to produce effective—and implemented—regional plans.
Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the region’s existing plans and policies to show citizens and planners where they are as the process begins.
Begin with the question, “Is there a problem?” Problems are identified through a base case analysis that considers resource management, transportation, quality of life, and economic vitality.
Generate solutions to create low-, medium-, and high-levels of improvement. Push the envelope by asking, “What if we did this...?” to ensure that all potential solutions are identified and analyzed.
Regional plans are traditionally shaped by land use and transportation concepts. A community's resilience in the face of unpredictable events, quality of life, and economic vitality must be given equal billing.
A clear and understandable planning process is essential. Clearly articulate the steps in the planning process and secure the commitment of all key parties to create a plan that makes a difference.