Before embarking on scenario planning, take time to understand the context, both regionally and locally, for your work. Explore both existing conditions and plans for the future, looking for both potential challenges and opportunities related to your planning effort.
3: Evaluate Where You Are Today
Understand Your Regional Context, both where the Region is and Where it is Headed
What regional green infrastructure opportunities are there? How could you work with neighboring communities to achieve your goals? What impact could this plan have on your community? Are there ways to link local systems to regional ones?
What regional housing opportunities or needs are there? How can you best meet demand? (Link:
What regional transportation opportunities are there? What impact could this plan have on your community? How could you work with neighboring communities to achieve your goals? How can your land use be designed to support the transportation systems we would like built?
How does your community or your planning area fit within the economic context of the region? Which economic sectors thrive in transit served areas? Which of the sectors do we want to target with our economic development program?
What are the long-range utility plans for major infrastructure? What impact will plans have? Are there land use compatibility issues to keep in mind?
Understand Your Community/Study Area, Both Where it is Today and Where it is Headed
Review county/municipal general planning documents.
Who are you planning for? Who is and will be in your community? What are their needs? Conduct research to understand demographic context. Adjust stakeholder group and issues accordingly.
What is the market demand for your community? How many new housing units and jobs by type and price point do we need in the future – both short term and long term?
Review/conduct market study
Are there housing units that are affordable to those who work in your community? What are the impediments to housing affordability and access to opportunity? What goals do you have?
Identify affordable housing needs and goals.
What are the barriers to TOD development? What are potential strategies to fund needed improvements?
What range of building types currently "pencil" given today's market conditions?
How market-friendly is our current zoning?
What have recent development trends been like?
Evaluate several years of permit data.
Where might we focus our planning attention?
ET+ Redevelopment Candidate Note: What parcels are ripe for redevelopment now and in the near future?