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Regional Vision Scenario Development

Project Region employed “scenario planning,” an inclusive, collaborative approach that involves developing and discussing various scenarios with different future conditions and policy directions in order to arrive at a consensus preferred scenario.

Our Work Groups first created six “sketch scenarios” based on research-proven best practices. Each scenario described development location, density and mix; identified predominant transportation system elements; and listed policy statements. Sketch scenarios were refined by Regional Partners into four more distinct draft scenarios: Trend; Dispersed/Fringe; Compact/Infill/Transit-Oriented; and Corridor/Cluster.

SPC presented these scenarios to the entire region through a live Webcast Regional Town Meeting—the first time residents throughout a region had come together via the Web to work together on planning the region’s future. After discussing pros and cons, participants voted on their preferences in six categories: development density; amount of land developed; households near transit; households near highway interchanges; regional travel; and infrastructure cost. The Compact and Corridor scenarios were the top vote-getters, by far, in every category.

Based on this feedback and additional analysis, SPC created the Regional Vision Scenario—an invaluable guide for decision-makers throughout the region and the heart of the 2040 Plan.

The Regional Vision Scenario

Project Region made it clear that there is broad consensus on development strategies that preserve, enhance and build upon existing assets. That can happen in many ways, such as revitalizing established communities; capitalizing on previous infrastructure investment; preserving open spaces; nurturing our agricultural industry; investing in a well-maintained multimodal transportation system; making the most productive use of our thriving academic communities; leveraging historic, cultural, recreational and ecological assets; and much more.

Those essential values expressed by the region are at the heart of the Regional Vision Scenario which guides the 2040 Plan and serves as a model to measure our progress in the years ahead.

Your Regional Vision Scenario
Your Regional Vision Scenario

The Regional Vision Scenario is characterized by high to medium density development in centers and clusters with value placed on a mix of uses.  High To Medium Density Housing

Route 28 Bridge Over The Allegheny River, Kittanning, Armstrong County Infrastructure improvements would be targeted within the centers and clusters of development and the corridors that connect them. 

Emphasis is placed on infill development with reinvestment in existing business districts and brownfield rehabilitation throughout the region. Brownfield

Coal Barge On The Monongahela River There is a strong multimodal focus including highways, transit, railways and waterways, with an increasing emphasis on connecting the centers and clusters and promoting excellent access to the urban core, as well as improved transportation operations and safety.

Open space preservation and support for agriculture are key priorities in the more rural areas of Southwestern Pennsylvania.  Beautiful Greene County Open Space

Water Treatment Plant Upgrading existing water and sewer infrastructure is important, with limited expansion primarily to historically underserved communities.

The scenario supporting this vision is characterized by regional policy statements addressing the public interest in mutually supportive regional activities, places, and the connections among them.

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