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Case Studies in Public Involvement - Anne C. Morris

Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

An integral part of any Context Sensitive Solution project is identifying and engaging all of the publics. Successfully doing this requires understanding their constraints and abilities to participate, providing opportunities for their involvement and giving them meaningful access to decision-making information.

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Case Studies in Sustainable Transportation, Atlanta’s Quality Growth Task Force - Kevin Green

Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

Planners estimate that by 2030 the Atlanta region will add another 2.3 million residents and 1.7M new jobs. With current constraints such as traffic and water supply, how can this growth be accommodated while maintaining the region's quality of life and competitive edge? This was the focus of the Quality Growth Task - a public-private group convened by the business community and comprised of state and regional leaders, business CEOs, developers, universities, civic and environmental groups. Learn about the work of this Task Force, how it framed the issues and fact-base, its recommendations, and what has resulted from this effort.

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Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development
The Department of Energy's site on sustainable development, including numerous case studies on land use planning, transportation, municipal energy, sustainable business.

Context Sensitive Design and Solutions as a Way of Doing Business - Ed Cole

Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

A brief overview of how TDOT moved from a reevaluation of 15 controversial road projects to a commitment to implement Context Sensitive Design and Solutions as a way of doing business.

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Haymount Town Development – Haymount, Virginia
Explains a new development that focuses on New Urbanism, a form of planning that puts pedestrians first and focuses on "recapturing the street as a part of the public realm." Only one-third of the 1,650-acre site will be developed; the rest will remain as forested lands, wetlands, and farming areas.

Inside the Blackbox: Making Transportation Models Work for Livable Communities
A guide for planners, officials and advocates on the usefulness of travel forecasting models in planning and implementing transit, pedestrian, bicycle, and compact land use strategies.

Kentucky Case Study, Pine Mountain - John Metille

Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

Mr. Metille defined Context Sensitive Design/Context Sensitive Solutions (CSD/CSS), discussed the progress the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is making toward implementing that approach, and described the U.S. 19/Pine Mountain Crossing project in Letcher County, Kentucky. He said that CSD is a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that involves all stakeholders to develop a transportation facility that fits its physical setting and preserves scenic, aesthetic, historic, and environmental resources, while maintaining safety and mobility.

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Leaving the Lightest Possible Touch on the Environment – Tales from NCDOT’s Education and Experience on Context Sensitive Solutions - Missy Dickens

Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

The needs of the human environment and the needs of the natural environment often do not coincide with each other, let alone coincide with the need for a safe and efficient transportation system. The North Carolina Department of Transportation recognizes that the responsible development of transportation projects requires a balanced consideration of issues, partnership with stakeholders, and a commitment to innovation. Several case studies will be presented that illustrate how NCDOT is learning to leave the lightest possible touch on the environment as it fulfills its mission. Projects presented will include success stories, the oh-so-difficult road of negotiation, and lessons learned the hard way.

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Natural Context Design Solutions & Transportation Policies - Harold Peaks

Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

The presentation will discuss the evolution of Context Sensitive Solutions, it’s principles and their relationship to the natural environment, and specifically water quality related impacts. Also the presentation will explore how context sensitive solutions, and their connection to natural environmental impacts of transportation projects, can lead to an overall better transportation decision that reflects the best overall public interest. Early interdisciplinary decision-making that incorporates the principles of CSS have been shown nationwide to lead to more community acceptable and cost effective transportation solutions that are compatible with the surrounding environment. This discussion will explore the concepts and discuss a number of examples that have been shown to be effective in various communities in the southeast and other parts of the nation.

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Reconnecting America
Seeks to build connections among transportation networks and the regions they serve in order to generate lasting public and private returns, improve economic and environmental efficiency and give consumers greater choice.

Smart Growth Network
The SGN is rapidly becoming a 'brain trust' of knowledge about best practices, approaches, and tools for smart growth. An historic composite of interrelated interests is reflected in its partners representing diverse organizations, agencies and associations. The SGN was created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1996 and its membership services are directed by the International City/County Management Association.

Sustainable Transportation: Can We Get There From Here? - Trip Pollard

Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

The dominant transportation approaches of the past 50 years have provided incredible mobility, but they have come at a tremendous cost to the environment. There are increasing efforts at the national and state level to reduce the adverse impacts of transportation projects and to promote a more balanced approach to transportation. Although there are numerous obstacles to more sustainable transportation, there has been significant progress in beginning to fashion a new transportation paradigm.

Tennessee Case Study – Kingsport SR 126/Memorial Boulevard - Elizabeth Smith

Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

The State Route 126/Memorial Boulevard project, along with seven other projects that are in varying stages of development, are changing the way that TDOT is doing business. State Route 126/Memorial Boulevard serves as the Departments pilot project for CSS. Beginning in the projects early planning and development phase and in response to feedback from the public and local government for opportunities to provide insight into the community and ideas for improvement, this project will be a testing ground for the processes involved in adopting the principles of Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS). Project deliverables include reports on “The CSS Process” and “Lessons Learned”.

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Transportation and Natural Context Design Solutions for the Florida Panhandle - Charles Pattison

Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

1000 Friends of Florida believes one of the most effective tools for helping manage this balance is through sound transportation planning that is also sensitive to preserving water quality, protecting wildlife, and making communities safer and more friendly for pedestrians.

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Transportation Report from the Trust for Public Land
Discusses how road builders and conservationists can work toward an improved national highway policy. (2002)

Walkable Communities
Walkable Communities, Inc. is a non-profit corporation, established in the state of Florida in 1996. It was organized for the express purposes of helping whole communities, whether they are large cities or small towns, or parts of communities, i.e. neighborhoods, business districts, parks, school districts, subdivisions, specific roadway corridors, etc., become more walkable and pedestrian friendly.

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