2019 Conference Program

Join the Consortium for Scenario Planning at our annual conference! Registration and additional details are available here, and a downloadable version of the program is available here.


Wednesday, November 6 at the Upward Hartford (20 Church Street)

12:30 – 1:00 pm: Registration

1:00 – 1:30 pm: Welcome and Keynote Address

1:30 – 3:00 pm: Start-Up Region: Scenario Planning in the Capital Region
Learn about the Capitol Region Council of Governments’ work with Urban Footprint to conduct regional scale analysis, as well as updates on their earlier RFP for impactful projects. CRCOG will discuss their one-day workshop (held in October) as a model for building staff capacity and beginning a scenario planning process.

3:00 – 3:30 pm: Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:30 pm: CTfastrak Bus Rapid Transit Tour
Staff from CRCOG and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) will lead a tour of the CTfastrak Bus Rapid Transit Line, an 11-mile, nine-station corridor that connects Hartford and New Britain. Several stops will feature presentations from local planners and economic development officials, and attendees will also hear more about scenarios for transit-oriented development. (Departs from in front of the Goodwin Hotel at 4:00 sharp.)

5:30 – 7:30 pm: Networking Reception at the Goodwin Hotel (Atrium)

Thursday, November 7 at the Goodwin Hotel (1 Haynes Street)

8:00 – 9:00 am: Breakfast (Capitol Ballroom)

9:00 – 10:15 am: Breakout Session I

  • Getting Started with Scenario Planning I (Hepburn): Learn about what scenario planning is, how it can strengthen your planning processes, and how you and your organization can get started. Participants will engage in a hands-on exercise to begin creating a roadmap for implementing scenario planning themselves. 
  • Transportation Scenarios: Exploratory Scenario Planning to Inform Investment (Stowe): The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is exploring ways to support regional agencies’ use of exploratory scenario planning, and panelists will discuss how agencies can apply these techniques to their work. Join this session to provide input on how the FHWA can strengthen national scenario planning guidance and to learn more about the practical approach taken by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) to gauge and incorporate non-linear trends such as climate change, technology, and equity in its planning process.
  • Regional Scenarios: Laying the Groundwork (Twain): This session concerns two regional planning agencies use of quantitative methods in their scenario planning processes: the Genesee Transportation Council of New York State, which embarked on a uniquely holistic and community-driven process to encourage smart-growth planning principles, and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) of Massachusetts, which underwent an exploratory scenario planning exercise to develop a series of quantitative demographic scenarios. Methods like these can test the impact of different policies on a region.

10:15 – 10:30 am: Coffee Break (Capitol Ballroom)

10:30 – 11:45 am: Breakout Session II

  • Getting Started with Scenario Planning II (Hepburn): This session will build on Getting Started with Scenario Planning I and dig deeper into developing agencies’ process roadmaps through active discussion among participants. 
  • Transportation Scenarios: Performance Metrics for Planning (Stowe): This session covers how performance metrics help practitioners understand complex connections between modes of transportation and their relationships to land use, as well as measuring the performance of different investments in future scenarios. Panelists will explore one performance metric—destination accessibility—and discuss how the Regional Connector Study from Virginia’s Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) is using performance measures in their scenario planning.
  • Climate Scenarios: How Technology Can Support Resilience and Inclusiveness (Twain): This session will share examples of scenario planning applications of different software tools. UrbanFootprint and the Nature Conservancy partnered to develop a set of conservation analytics that evaluate land use plans against four conservation themes. Using Envision Tomorrow software, the City of Tigard has developed an innovative approach that combines qualitative community conversations with quantitative scenario modeling to prioritize urban renewal and plan for equitable impacts.

11:45 am – 1:15 pm: Lunch (Capitol Ballroom)

  • Lightning Talks
  • Walking Tour (Optional)

1:15 – 2:30 pm: Breakout Session III

  • Transportation Scenarios: Local Transportation Decision-Making (Hepburn): Scenario planning has its roots in regional planning; however, it also works for smaller plans and projects at the local level. This session provides an overview of traditional parking planning, how change drivers disrupt management assumptions, how parking and vehicle technologies impact demand, and how scenario planning can help design the “right size” parking through area and site plans.
  • Climate Scenarios: Planning for Coastal Management and Sea-Level Rise (Stowe): This session shows how to use scenario planning for high-hazard coastal settings and will present a simple, decision-centered approach for local management of coastal shorelands through master plans. Panelists will focus on coastal hazard mitigation and employing basic spatial analysis techniques and off-the-shelf data. The discussion will also cover the fiscal impacts of alternative adaptation pathways and interjurisdictional cooperation, real-world applied examples, and ways to overcome political and technical challenges to coordinated coastal adaptation. 
  • Regional Scenarios: How Regional Scenarios Affect Local Plans (Twain): This session considers how scenario planning has been used for local plans and how they have been affected by regional plans. Panelists will discuss three case studies, suggest how best to incorporate scenarios into common plan types, and advocate for the use of scenarios in such projects.

2:30 – 3:15 pm Consortium Project “Science Fair” (refreshments served) (Capitol Ballroom)

3:15 – 4:15 pm Facilitated Small-Group Discussions (Capitol Ballroom)

4:15 – 5:00 pm Report-outs and Conclusion (Capitol Ballroom)

5:00 – 6:30 pm Board Meeting (Board members only) (Hepburn)

5:00 – 7:00 pm Social Gathering (Bar Piña)

Friday, November 8 at the Goodwin Hotel (1 Haynes Street)

8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast and Last Call for Unconference Topics (Capitol Ballroom)

9:00 – 9:30 am Unconference Introduction

9:30 – 10:30 am Unconference Session I

10:30 – 10:45 am Coffee Break (Capitol Ballroom)

10:45 – 11:45 am Unconference Session II

11:45 am – 12:45 pm Networking Lunch (Capitol Ballroom)