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SHRP 2 C08 [Completed]

Community Visioning Approach to Support the SHRP 2 Collaborative Decision-Making Framework for Additions to Highway Capacity

  Project Data
Funds: $800,000
Research Agency: Cambridge Systematics
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Sanford
Effective Date: 2/4/2009
Completion Date: 11/30/2010

Project snapshot. More details below.

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Impact on Practice
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New suite of visioning tools includes a model approach, a step-by-step process, and case studies along with a guide and website intended to generate consensus and shared outcomes for transportation projects.
By investing in visioning early in the planning process, transportation agencies can generate community support not only for an individual project but for entire programs. This support can help agencies avoid delays in the environmental review and ecological permitting stages.
The T-VIZ website and accompanying training videos are available at  The final report and case studies are available at   

Staff Responsibility: David Plazak
Community visioning processes are significant sources of input for transportation planning processes, which now range beyond topics of connectivity or design to consider community livability and a host of interrelated issues. Visions may help guide appropriate infrastructure decisions that enhance economic competitiveness, environmental stewardship, and community resources, while improving transportation project outcomes. However, vision processes tend to produce high-level, policy-oriented outcomes that prove challenging to integrate within focused, project-specific planning efforts. As a result, visioning in support of transportation planning has not been uniformly embraced by practitioners and remains an undefined, though increasingly popular, practice across the nation.
The objective of this project was to develop an effective community visioning process for transportation investment that could be integrated into the collaborative decision-making framework.
This project developed a visioning process intended to assist transportation agency practitioners in assessing the possibilities of community visioning efforts, in identifying practical steps and activities when engaging in visioning, and in establishing links between vision outcomes and transportation planning and project development processes. To this end, this research presents a model vision process, or Vision Guide, for the preparation, creation, and implementation of a visioning process. The Vision Guide was developed based on interviews, case studies, literature reviews, background research, and practical experience. The guide is the foundation of this effort and serves as the organizing framework for research presented on topics of assessing community context, undertaking strategies for involving stakeholders, developing organizational structures and partnerships, and measuring progress and performance of visions and plans. A companion web tool was also developed. The web tool is intended to be a permanent and dynamic resource and will be updated and linked to additional SHRP 2 research as completed.
Project Status: The project is complete. 
Product Availability: Report S2-C08-RR-1: Linking Community Visioning and Highway Capacity Planning is available as a PDF and in hardcopy through the bookstore. Appendices to the report are only available as a PDF. The web tool, Transportation—Visioning for Communities (T-VIZ), is available online at through Transportation for Communities—Advancing Projects through Partnerships.

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