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Regional and Local Planning

Local Transportation System Plans, or TSPs, communicate local needs and priorities to justify the value of a project for state funding. Regional Transportation Plans, or RTPs, developed by Metropolitan Planning Organizations, or MPOs, look at the connections between communities and facilities necessary for the transportation system to function at a regional level. RTPs also identify funding for regional priority projects. The two are required to be consistent with each other and with the Oregon Transportation Plan. In turn, Oregon Department of Transportation projects are developed to be consistent with both state and local plans, and sometimes, in the course of reaching agreement on a state project, a local TSP needs to be amended to allow a state project to proceed. This ongoing feedback loop creates multiple opportunities to correlate local, regional and statewide transportation needs and opportunities for a functional and efficient system overall.

Funding Resources

Most local and regional planning is either paid for locally, or with a mix of both local and state funds. Some examples of state funds which can be used to support local and regional planning are:

Planning Resources

  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Toolkit: The Greenhouse Gas, or GHG, Emissions Reduction Toolkit is a collection of strategy reports and case studies designed to help local jurisdictions identify and explore the kinds of actions and programs they can undertake to reduce vehicle emissions, as well as meet other community goals, such as spur economic development, increase biking and walking, support downtowns, create healthy livable communities and more.
  • Interchange Area Management Plan Guidelines: The Interchange Area Management Plan, or IAMP, Guidelines are designed to assist ODOT planners, local jurisdictions and the consultant community in the collaborative preparation of IAMPs. The main focus of the guidelines is to establish and describe the overall process and the components of a stand-alone, proactive, long-term plan for a highway interchange.
  • Oregon Mosaic: Value and Cost Informed Planning: Mosaic is Oregon's value and cost informed transportation planning tool which offers Oregon transportation planners and decision makers an efficient, transparent way to evaluate the social, environmental, and economic costs and benefits of transportation programs and investments.
  • TPOD - Transportation Planning Online Database
  • Transit Development Plan Guidebook: This guidebook was prepared to support Oregon’s transit providers in preparing Transportation Development Plans, or TDPs. TDPs express transit provider goals and identify needs and strategies to achieve them over a 20-year horizon or specified time frame. A TDP is also an opportunity to inform and help integrate transit needs into Transportation System Plan updates and other planning processes. This guidebook provides best practices and recommendations for preparing TDPs.
  • Transportation System Plan Guidelines: The Transportation System Plan, or TSP, Guidelines are one of many resources available to assist local jurisdictions in long-range system planning. The TSP Guidelines are intended to assist cities and counties in the preparation and update of TSPs, and Metropolitan Planning Organizations in their Regional Transportation System Plans. The guidelines help jurisdictions develop plans that meet local needs and comply with state rules, requirements and regulations; including applicable elements of the Transportation Planning Rule, the Oregon Transportation Plan and associated mode and topic plans.
The Oregon Transportation Plan informs topic and mode plans, which in turn informs local/regional plans, which guide priority program projects and funding identification leading to implementation.

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