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74 8. Freight groups (both private sector and government) Understand the issues that arise from conflicts and how need to partner with educational institutions to ensure that these impact freight-transportation-related services the underlying principles of freight activity are included and communities; as part of the curriculum at the graduate and under Begin to consider the kinds of tools, scenarios, commu graduate levels in planning, architecture, policy, engineer- nication, and educational outreach that they might want ing, business, and law disciplines. to use to improve their freight planning and preservation 9. Ports, which have started tracking port-related job impacts capacity throughout the region, need to make a similar scale effort For developers, EnvisionFreight aims to ensure that they to quantify the congestion and noise impacts that they consider how freight activities may affect and intersect produce outside of the immediate port area. Port master with residential and other sensitive types of land use they plans should illustrate affiliated congestion and choke may be planning. With a better understanding of these points beyond their own properties. Similar activities components, developers should be able to choose appro- should be undertaken by other types of freight operations priate sites and design and incorporate construction and that cannot be easily relocated. mitigation components to reduce conflicts that may arise. 10. Innovative funding practices, including public-private For freight entities, EnvisionFreight is intended to provide partnerships and rights of first refusal, are needed for education and assistance regarding land-use planning and freight planning and preservation. zoning processes. With a better understanding of these 11. Real estate contracts and other notice-type documents processes, as well as tools that can be used to more effec- provided to purchasers and lessees should include sections tively deal with freight in land-use planning and zoning, discussing the possible freight-related impacts that may freight entities can be more effective participants in such occur as a consequence of living in proximity to freight processes. activities. For individual citizens or community groups, the goal of EnvisionFreight is to provide basic information about However, in many cases, incompatible land uses already the various freight modes, impacts that arise because of exist close to freight-transportation-related services and freight activity and proximity to incompatible land uses, conflict has resulted. In these cases, at least in the short run, and show the types of tools that can be utilized to more measures such as design standards and mitigation approaches effectively plan for freight. are a means to minimize conflicts. For state legislators and staff, EnvisionFreight is designed to provide information and ideas for potential legislative changes that would facilitate better integration of freight Implementation Plan for and land-use planning. Disseminating Research Results The ultimate value of the research conducted under In addition to the development of the EnvisionFreight web- NCFRP Project 24 will be reflected by its usefulness to the site, as part of the implementation plan for NCFRP Project 24, various stakeholders who are involved with, or are affected the research team recommends that the following activities be in one way or another by, the freight transportation system. undertaken to disseminate the research findings and to obtain The research team believes that this largely depends on the support from organizations that link to the EnvisionFreight ability and willingness of the freight, planning, and develop- website: ment communities to understand and communicate with each other. 1. Dissemination of results at the TRB 2012 annual meeting. To this end, an innovative contribution of NCFRP Project 24 Organize a panel for the TRB 2012 annual meeting. is the development of the EnvisionFreight website and its Recommend a host in conjunction with NCFRP associated guidebook. The "beta" versions of the website and Project 23, "Research on Freight Facility Location guidebook were previewed at the NCFRP Project 24 workshop, Selection." held in January 2011. As discussed, the following are exam- 2. Conduct FHWA "Talking Freight" seminars. ples of how various stakeholders can use the EnvisionFreight Recommend delivering two "Talking Freight" seminars website: during 2011. Combine with NCFRP Project 23 research output. For planners and elected officials, EnvisionFreight has been 3. Make presentations at conferences such as designed to help to Annual meetings of organizations like the Journal of Understand how freight fits into the local, national, and Transportation Research Forum, American Planning global economy; Association, National Association of Counties, National