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C H A P T E R 4 Vision Guide Introduction outcomes, and implementation of a vision. The following roles are used throughout this report to refer to the variety of The Vision Guide provides a model vision process to better actors involved in visioning. enable practitioners to engage in visioning in support of transportation planning. It is a visual representation of a multiphase, activity-oriented process for preparing, creating, Practitioner: A practitioner is a staff member working for and implementing a vision. In subsequent sections of this an agency or organization engaged at some level in a report, the Vision Guide will be referenced as the basic frame- visioning process. Practitioners, the target audience for work for linking the research objectives of this project in a this project, may work for any of the following types of format readily accessible to practitioners. organizations: No two visioning processes are identical, and all must 44 Transportation agency (e.g., state, city, or county depart- adapt to the unique community context in which they occur. ment of transportation, MPO, regional planning agency) However, there are process steps, activities, components, and 44 Governmental agency (e.g., state, regional, local public key decisions common to any visioning process. This high- entity with planning roles and responsibilities) level, critical information is presented in the Vision Guide. 44 Private or civic organization (e.g., academic, business, This model vision process is intended to help vision practi- nonprofit, nongovernmental organization) tioners identify practical activities involved in visioning, in 44 Consultant strategically managing aspects of a vision, and in establishing Convener: Serving as the lead on the vision, a convener is links between vision outcomes and transportation planning the organization responsible for driving the process, devel- and project development decisions. The target audience for oping partnerships, soliciting public participation, and this project is a practitioner, defined as a staff member work- implementing the vision. Conveners may be public agen- ing for an agency or organization engaged at some level in a cies or private or civic organizations. visioning process, either inclusive or exclusive of a transpor- Partners: Partners are individuals or organizations that tation focus. Definitions of the designated roles, and their use have an active and defined role in decision making and in the T-VIZ model process, follow. that have influence over the scope and scale of the vision- A companion resource for this research is the online, inter- ing process. Visioning processes are the products of a series active version of the Vision Guide, which can be found on the of partnerships. TCAPP website ( The Stakeholders: Stakeholders are distinct from partners in site supports this research and is the best portal for accessing that they provide input and influence over the outcome the information within the Vision Guide. but are not involved in defining the scope and scale of the process. Inherent to the public involvement emphasis of visioning processes is the inclusion of stake holders, or Roles within the those who have an interest in the outcome of the study. Visioning Process User: A user is one who is affected by the vision, or uses the Vision processes involve a wide set of public officials, elected vision, but is not involved in the vision development pro- leaders, organizers, partners, and public stakeholders, and cess. Citizens, implementing agencies, private and civic these relationships have a significant impact on the process, sector partners, and future transportation planning, and 23