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Transportation and Land Use in Tennessee. Integrating State, Regional and Local Planning Processes. Phil Armor, Greater Nashville Regional Council Ken Belliveau, Tennessee Advisory Commission Ed Cole, Cumberland Region Tomorrow Ralph Comer, Dept. of Transportation - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Transportation and Land Use in TennesseePhil Armor, Greater Nashville Regional CouncilKen Belliveau, Tennessee Advisory CommissionEd Cole, Cumberland Region TomorrowRalph Comer, Dept. of TransportationAlan Jones, Dept. of Environment and ConservationJeanne Stevens, Nashville Area MPOIntegrating State, Regional and Local Planning Processes

  • BackgroundGrowth planning and zoning local governments onlyLittle coordination and no shared regional visionGrowth pressures mountingInfrastructure costs Environmental impacts

  • BackgroundState budget problems, revenue constraintsTransportation wish list exceeds available fundingInefficient infrastructure investmentsNeed to maintain mobility and provide wider range of transportation modal choices

  • Team and PurposeTennessees team, which unites state, regional, local and nonprofit stakeholders, will work to strengthen and integrate diverse planning processes and seek to coordinate regional transportation, land use and growth decisions.

  • Tennessees VisionA national model of integrated planning processes across federal, state, regional and local levelsLocal land use and growth plans and transportation plans linked and mutually supportiveTransportation projects support local and regional land use and growth plans to receive funding

  • Tennessees VisionDiverse and accessible transportation choices that meet citizen needsGood communication networks and multiple feedback loops among planning processes

  • StrengthsGovernor concerned about infrastructure costs and committed to preserving special lands, farmlands and forests Strong DOT - high quality roads and no road debtOpportunities to change development patternsModest congestion adequate mobility

  • StrengthsRecent state growth planning law a foundationGrowing public concerns - quality of life and growth issuesCumberland Region Tomorrow visioningLeadership and fresh ideas in Nashville

  • WeaknessesState RoleState growth planning lawLittle state oversightQuality of local plans varyLittle consideration of infrastructureLand use and growth planning - local governments onlyNo state planning office, little oversight or guidance on land use planning

  • WeaknessesGrowth and DevelopmentSuburban sprawl dominant development pattern640,000 new households by 2025 Land consumption outpacing population growthLow densitiesFew models of integrated planningFew incentives for desirable developmentExtreme automobile dependence

  • WeaknessesAir Quality and VMT Nonattainment looming ozone and PM2.5Projections of continued VMT growthSignificant increases in congestionClean air may depend upon reducing VMT growth

  • WeaknessesPlanningInadequate land use planning processFew standards for local land use plansLocal governments not required to plan Insufficient communicationPlanning processes fragmented, no collaborationUtility districts not required to follow local land use plans

  • WeaknessesPlanningLack of funding for regional planningLack of consultation among key decision makers

  • Opportunities25-year statewide multi-modal transportation planGrowing interest in alternative transportation modesStrengthen state growth planning lawGrowing awareness of air quality issuesFew public participants, but they have energy and ideas

  • ChallengesCulturalWe love our carsTransit neglectedSocial equity for those who do not or cannot driveLack of public involvementLittle awareness or understandingPublic apathyCitizens do not believe their voice is heard

  • ChallengesPoliticalTennessee is the Volunteer StateStrong sentiment against regulations and land use controls Strong resistance to state role in land usePublic opposition to taxesPotential diversion of transportation funds

  • Tennessees Growth InitiativeWork to strengthen the planning process at all governmental levelsImprove the quality of land use and growth plansBuild better linkages between plansFund only those transportation projects that support local and regional plansTransfer technology to other MPOs

  • PrioritiesNear-TermDevelop an alternatives assessment systemIdentify local barriersIdentify ways to improve and better link land use, transportation and growth planning processesGain support of MPO policy makers

  • PrioritiesLong-TermImplement an alternatives assessment systemState dollars to planned growth areas onlyTransportation projects support local and regional land use and growth plans

  • Selecting PrioritiesAddress root problems, not just symptoms Need near-term successesTake advantage of low-hanging fruitBuild momentum and supportDevelop decision-making tools to span multiple administrations

  • Next StepsSelect strategies and action stepsSchedule milestonesIdentify needed components of alternatives assessment systemInitiate dialogue with MPO

  • ExpectationsLearn from other states, NGA and Academy facultyCatalysts for changeAlternatives assessment systemsMethods for measuring integration of transportation and land use planning

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