The State of the Practice: A Study of DVRPC's Peer Metropolitan Planning Organizations' Long-Range Plans

The State of the Practice: A Study of DVRPC's Peer Metropolitan Planning Organizations' Long-Range Plans

Product No.: 23109
Date Published: 03/2023

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A survey and in-person interviews of 14 Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) were conducted to identify the state of the practice in long-range planning among the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s (DVRPC’s) peers. The peers were selected based on jurisdiction, agency capacity and structure, and conducting work relevant to DVRPC. The White Paper contains four primary sections focused on a range of long-range plan activities. Financial Plan reviews assumptions for new revenues; intraregional funding allocation; transportation project identification, evaluation, and selection; and use scenarios in the financial plan. Key Issues discusses equity, climate change, emerging technology, and inclusion of focus areas beyond transportation. Forecasts and Land Use discusses population and employment forecasts and land use considerations. Process and Implementation looks at how MPOs incentivize plan implementation, align the plan with the Transportation Improvement Program and Congestion Management Process, and the design of plan documents. The White Paper concludes with a set of recommendations to inform the update to the Connections 2050 2.0 Long-Range Plan.

Geographic Area Covered: The nine-county Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission region, as well as the planning jurisdictions of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB), North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Council of Governments (OKI), Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC), Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), and Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC).

Key Words: Climate Change, Comparison, Congestion Management Process, Connections 2050, Coordination, Criteria, Comprehensive Planning, Demographics, Employment, Equity, Equity Analysis, Financial Plans, Forecasting, Funding, Funding Allocation, Implementation, Interview, Land Use, Long-Range Plan, Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), New Revenue, Noteworthy Practices, Peer Study, Plan Design, Population, Project Evaluation, Project Identification, Research, Revenue, Scenario Planning, Selection, Survey, Technology, Transportation Improvement Program, Transportation Planning.

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Project Team

  • Brett Fusco Associate Director, Comprehensive Planning
  • Jaclyn Davis Manager, Office of Long Range Planning

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