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Visualization Techniques (Visioning)



"Visioning is used to create a statement of goals or to begin to develop a long range plan. Typically, it consists of a series of meetings focused on long-range issues. With a 20- or 30-year horizon, visioning also sets a strategy for achieving the goals. Visioning has been used to set a long-range statewide transportation plan in Ohio, a statewide comprehensive plan in New Jersey, and a regional land-use and transportation plan in the Seattle, Washington, region. The Governor of Georgia, acting as "Chief Planner," used it to create long-range goals for the State. Central Oklahoma 2020 is a visioning project for a regional plan. Visioning can also be used to develop short term plans as well, with implementation phases of 10 years or less."

Info tab Icon -- U.S. Department of Transportation , Federal Transit Administration , Federal Highway Administration
Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates, Inc. and Parson, Brinckerhoff, Quade & Douglas
Public Involvement Techniques for Transportation Decision-Making



Excerpt IconExcerpt WS DOT recommends "scheduling at least three meetings...
WS DOT recommends "scheduling at least three meetings to create a vision and to organize your team effectively to carry out the project. If the project is a large one and involves a strong community vision, such as has been outlined in a master, long-range, or comprehensive plan, bringing in an outside facilitator to help the community evaluate, prioritize, and encourage discussion of the multitude of ideas, concepts and dreams that are often generated when a community gets excited about its future." more...
from  Building Projects that Build Communities: Recommended Best Practices
Excerpt IconExcerpt What does this project need to do for us?
"Ask 'What does this project need to do for us?' The project goals should range across the board and take in many aspects of the CSS context, namely mobility, safety, economic revitalization, creating a sense of place, enhancing transit service, enhancing bike facilities, aesthetics, facilitating pedestrian circulation, etc. Think big at this point and remember that there are no wrong answers. The goals and visions outlined in these brainstorming sessions need to be evaluated in terms of how they may complement or compete with each other. The draft project definition clearly details what you are trying to achieve through a project. Therefore, it can be reviewed and revised by the project stakeholders until consensus is reached."  more...
from  Building Projects that Build Communities: Recommended Best Practices
Excerpt IconExcerpt Demonstration Projects
Demonstration projects are an invaluable way of involving communities in the process to develop transportation approaches that can immediately begin to enhance community life. They entail envisioning and implementation of small-scale improvements that can be accomplished in a short time within the community context. more...
from  Transportation as a Catalyst to Rebuild Communities
Excerpt IconExcerpt Visualization
Visualization techniques are used to assist in the decision regarding design choices and can be anything from renderings to photo-simulations. more...
from  NCHRP Report 480: A Guide to Best Practices for Achieving Context Sensitive Solutions
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Visioning leads to a goals statement. Typically, it consists of a series of meetings focused on long-range issues. Visioning results in a long-range plan. With a 20- or 30-year horizon, visioning also sets a strategy for achieving the goals.
--  Federal Highway Administration
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An FHWA website where you can learn about noteworthy practices and innovative uses of visualization for transportation planning, and who to contact in FHWA about questions or issues on visualization in planning.
--  Federal Highway Administration

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