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Strategic Assessment and Scenario Planning

Strategic Assessment

A Strategic Assessment is a voluntary activity that allows a metropolitan planning organization, or MPO, and its member local governments to evaluate what the metropolitan area may look like in the future given the area’s adopted plans and trends of today. Strategic assessments can help MPOs by informing development of land use and transportation plans and investment priorities which address community goals.

To help conduct a strategic assessment, MPOs can request financial and technical assistance through contracts negotiated by Oregon Department of Transportation.

Strategic Assessment Frequently Asked Questions


Scenario Planning

Scenario planning is a method for exploring an area’s long-term future - in other words, "where is the area heading", and "is that where we want to go?" The processes outlined for scenario planning allows areas to work together to consider statewide, regional, and local needs and issues, such as economic development, fiscal impacts, resource use, greenhouse gas emissions, and the effects of different choices on the state, region, community or household.

The Scenario Planning Guidelines were developed as a resource to help MPOs and local governments conduct land use and transportation scenario planning. We encourage metropolitan areas to use the guidelines to design a scenario planning process that best addresses local conditions and builds on other concurrent or recent planning efforts.

Scenario Planning Guidelines
Scenario Planning Guidelines Technical Appendix