About the Consortium

The Consortium for Scenario Planning, an initiative of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, is a participation organization established in 2017 to foster growth in the application of scenario planning in rural and urban areas. Participants range from rural, city, county, and regional planners to urban managers and more.

Vision: Communities regularly use scenario planning to help make important decisions, increasing their capacity to act strategically in pursuit of equitable, prosperous, and sustainable places in a complex and uncertain world.

Mission:  To improve the practice of scenario planning and broaden its use in communities of all sizes across disciplines.

Major Strategies

Education and Outreach

Provide education and outreach on scenario planning to planning professionals

Process and Tool Improvements

Clarify, broaden, and improve the processes related to scenario planning and improve the technical tools used in scenario planning

Peer Exchange

Strengthen and scale up the professional network for scenario planning

Current Participants

The Consortium has 27 participants in total; their locations are shown on the map below. Find out more about individual participants and organizational participants



The Consortium’s partners help expand its reach to diverse participants and ensure initiatives are helpful for the groups they represent. In addition, partners often collaborate with the Consortium on specific resources and support the Consortium’s presence at their conferences.



Board Chair: Dr. Kerstin Carr, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) – Columbus, Ohio

Amy Cotter, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy – Cambridge, Massachusetts

Arnab Chakraborty, University of Illinois – Champaign, Illinois 

David Haynes, Atlanta Regional Commission – Atlanta, GA

Emily Hultquist, Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) – Hartford, Connecticut

Erich Zimmermann, National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) – Washington, DC 

Frank Lenk, Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) – Kansas City, Missouri

Ken Snyder, Radian / PlaceMatters – Denver, Colorado

Lisa Nisenson, Greater Places – Arlington, Virginia

Marc Draisen, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) – Boston, Massachusetts

Robert Goodspeed, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Sarah Dominguez, Southern California Association of Governments – Los Angeles, California 

Uri Avin, National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG) – College Park, Maryland



The Scenario Planning Applications Network (SPAN) and its predecessor, the Open Planning Tools Group (OPTG), were earlier initiatives that brought together US-based software tool developers, practitioners, and academics focusing on supporting Scenario Planning work in urban and regional planning for professionals, particularly those highly skilled in Scenario Planning.  Developed in partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, SPAN’s estimated 30 members held annual conferences during 2010-2016 and served as a forum for connection and peer learning.  The Consortium for Scenario Planning builds on the work of SPAN with support staff and participant expansion to increase the accessibility of Scenario Planning to professionals new to the practice of Scenario Planning, while continuing to support professionals who are already seasoned.  It also works to expand Scenario Planning practices from urban and regional planning to rural and less urban areas, municipalities, and other applicable contexts.