Hundreds of people devoted their Saturdays to the public workshops.
Some came in their professional capacities as elected officials,
planners, developers, environmentalists, business leaders and social
equity advocates. Others came as representatives of neighborhood
groups or out of concern for their communities' future. Our Workshop
Participation Profile(PDF) summarizes the participation of the
Round One and Round Two workshops. Click here
to see the Workshop Sponsors.
Round One Workshops
– September and October 2001
facilitated groups of 10, participants at each workshop identified
the most appropriate locations in their county for future
growth, and the regulatory changes and incentives needed to
realize this vision. They also considered the character and
design of new development. To facilitate this exercise, a
geographic information system (GIS), called PLACE3S,
gave participants in each group immediate feedback on the
impact of their ideas on the future supply of housing and
jobs and their proximity to public transit, overall pedestrian
friendliness, and resource consumption.
Distillation & Analysis - December
The countywide smart growth visions developed at the nine first
round workshops were distilled into three thematic regionwide
alternatives in consultation
with local representatives from each county. These three scenarios
underwent further PLACE3S analysis and a more in-depth
look at their likely impacts on the region’s supply of affordable housing,
displacement of existing residents, the relationship between housing
cost and incomes provided by nearby jobs, and regional transportation
and air quality impacts.
Two Workshops – April and May 2002
A second round of public workshops was held throughout the region.
At each, participants selected one of the alternatives as a starting
point, then agreed on guiding principles for modifications. By the
end of the day, each county workshop had created a single preferred
countywide alternative that specified the level of housing and job
growth and, using the place type menu, the character and density
of that growth in planning areas throughout the county.
Consultant Team for the Smart Growth Visioning Process
and Environment (DC&E)
Dyett & Bhatia (D&B)
Area Economics (BAE)
Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB)
Van Meter Williams Pollock (VMWP)