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73 Figure 9.4. Example of adoption of Vision Outcomes into environmental review: Integrating the Decision Guide and the Vision Guide. the MPO did not previously have, such as residents' prefer- example, the DOT is aware of the community's emphasis on ences for which conservation and recreation areas need conservation values through involvement in a previous cor- greater access, and which areas should be avoided. Or the ridor visioning effort, and the alternatives evaluated include goals enumerated in the vision may provide the MPO with an emphasis on wildlife crossings and other considerations an indication of strong public support for the development for the natural environment. of an integrated, multimodal transportation system, which Within the Vision Guide process, the Approve Indicators was not previously evident in smaller-scale, project-focused and Commitments decision point is the point at which the public input processes. Incorporating a vision into a later or vision's outcomes are linked to the commitments of partner concurrent transportation plan is represented by the Vision agencies. In turn, this decision point links to the environ- Guide's decision point Approve Goals. This approval and mental review process and key decision point Approve Alter- integration process then relates to the TCAPP key decision natives to be Carried Forward, as described in the TCAPP point of Approve Vision and Goals, which is used to guide Decision Guide. the transportation vision identified in the region's long-range transportation plan. This is one example of a how a regional Visioning in Support of vision may link to a regional long-range transportation plan. Collaborative Transportation The example in Figure 9.4 describes a hypothetical vision- Decision Making ing process integrated with an environmental review pro- cess. In this case, the vision's values and principles emphasize The above examples illustrate the unique nature of the rela- a strong commitment to conservation of open spaces and tionship between visioning and collaborative transportation preservation of biodiversity and ecosystems. These com- decision making. That is, a visioning process may be com- munity values may then influence the commitments made by pleted well before a transportation process, may occur in par- an agency when scoping and evaluating alternatives within allel to a transportation effort, or may be integrated within a the NEPA environmental review process. At center in this transportation process to solve a specific challenge. The value
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74 of visioning lies in its flexibility, interdisciplinary, consensus- the integration of these two processes to provide specific data based approach, which ultimately leads to collaborative pro- transfer and collaboration points could provide an invaluable cesses that produce responsible decisions. tool to practitioners. It also may encourage those interested Visioning can play an important role in the support of in visioning to adapt the TCAPP model for use in other trans- the TCAPP Decision Guide's collaborative decision-making portation processes, as well as illustrate the value of vision- process. To fulfill the research aims of this project, the Vision ing to transportation practitioners pursuing a collaborative Guide was designed to support directly the information decision-making model. Tools and resources such as those needed at many of the Decision Guide's key decision points. developed through SHRP 2 will serve a critical role as trans- However, because of the nature of visioning, these linkages portation agencies, regional planning councils, civic groups, remain at a relatively broad level. and others are tasked increasingly with coordinating around Through further work with TCAPP's interactive website and planning within the complex interlay of social, economic, and leveraging the application Visioning and Transportation, and environmental issues.