SB 1059 requires that ODOT and DLCD prepare guidelines to assist metropolitan areas in conducting scenario planning to meet GHG emission reduction targets.
The scenario planning guidelines provide recommendations and instructions explaining how local governments in the state’s six metropolitan areas should conduct scenario planning to meet GHG reduction targets. The guidelines help define:
- Processes for scenario planning (e.g. who is involved, and key steps), which will include a process for cooperative selection of a preferred scenario.
- Guidance for preparing scenarios (i.e. number and type of scenario to be developed, and scope of actions and programs to be considered).
- Assumptions to be used in evaluating alternatives, which will include assumptions about baseline conditions that reflect the statewide transportation strategy.
- Methods for evaluating GHG reductions, and other costs and benefits.
- Steps for integrating scenario planning with other land use and transportation planning work (including regional transportation system planning and comprehensive planning).
- Processes for public participation in developing and evaluating alternatives.
- Coordination with cities that are near but outside the metropolitan area.
In addition, SB 1059 directed that the guidelines must:
- Take into account the full range of actions local governments may take concerning land use and transportation planning.
- Allow sufficient flexibility for different local governments to meet the needs of their individual communities.
- Provide for coordination between state agencies and local governments.
- Encourage local innovation to reduce GHG emissions.
- Provide examples of alternative land use and transportation scenarios.
A scenario planning technical advisory committee – made up of local governments and other stakeholders – and a consultant assisted ODOT and DLCD in developing the guidelines over the past two years. The agencies provided the public an opportunity to review and comment on the guidelines.
Guidelines were developed in coordination with and reflect other SB 1059 work, including:
- Baseline assumptions by ODOT, DEQ, ODOE about future vehicles, fuels, and vehicular travel.
- OTC Statewide Transportation Strategy to reduce GHG emissions from the transportation sector.
- Toolkit of best practices for actions and measures to reduce transportation GHG emissions.
- Draft guidelines should be completed by April 2011, to help inform target rulemaking, with final guidelines completed by the end of 2011.
Key Issues and Considerations
The guidelines address several major issues:
- Define scenario planning (i.e. level of detail of scenario plans).
- Identify who is responsible for conducting scenario planning and the process for cooperative selection of a preferred alternative.
- Define how scenario plans relate to and should be integrated with other required land use and transportation plans.