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Friday, December 21, 2007

Reality Check Video: Land Use Planning Visioning

This is an 8 minute video about land use planning exercise that was conducted in Tampa Bay Florida. I attended a similar one that was conducted in Maryland last year. Its a visioning exercise that is becoming very popular around the country.

Reality Check is a one-day exercise designed to discuss, analyze and develop alternative growth scenarios for our rapidly growing region through 2050. Reality Check is designed to accomplish four tasks:

  • Promote a region wide awareness of the level of growth that is coming
  • Allocate projected housing and employment growth between and among jurisdictions
  • Recognize the legitimate points of view of different stakeholders
  • Lay the foundation for the development of a concrete list of next steps to assure quality growth to meet the region's needs over the coming decades.
Participants will work in teams of 8 to 10 per table, negotiating with each other to create a blueprint for the growth of the region based upon actual demographic, geographic and economic data assembled specifically for the event.