InterACT, a subsidiary of Identity Clark County (a private, non-profit organization focused on community and economic development), recognized an impending implosion of voter financial support for Clark County’s transportation system and elected to take on a project that enabled its citizens to dream it, fund it, build it. The Washington State Legislature had failed to impose gas tax (or other) dollars to care for an aging/in need of expansion transportation system, and voter confidence was affecting tax measures.
A grassroots-effort to learn what citizens want, what are they willing to pay for and how they willing to pay for it was designed and taken out into the community. A series of 32 smaller community meetings led to five larger community forums, all of which led to a community-wide all-day summit over a short, three-month time period. Along the way citizens were provided education and information on how transportation works – from concept to design to construction. As they “learned,” their perceptions of transportation changed somewhat – which told us that education was certainly a key to understanding and support of transportation issues. In addition we learned that people care deeply what happens in their neighborhoods, and see fixing travel around the County and to and from Oregon as a priority, and if people know their money will be spent on local projects – and there is an accountability factor - they are willing to pay for it.
The result of the project is a report to the community . . . jurisdictions, citizens and legislators . . . which includes a list of recommendations and how we got there. The model we used, which was to some extent a design-as-you-go process, worked beautifully and could work equally well for a multitude of issues.
We still don’t have all the answers but are currently designing Transportation Priorities Project Phase II which will lead us to most of the answers . . . the bottom line being, what will be supported when voters go to the polls.
On this website is the project report prepared by The Performance Center, which details how the project was conceived, designed and executed, and documents the results. The “Additional Information” provided as attachments to the report capture direct comments/concerns from the jurisdictions prior to launching the project, actual text of polling questions used, keypad technology polling results, a transportation briefing document (educational piece), direct citizen input comments, and jurisdiction reactions to the project.
Please take some time to review the documents. Reports presented on this page have been prepared with Adobe® Acrobat®. You may download Adobe Acrobat Reader, free of charge if you don't already have it.
- Transportation Priorities Project Findings Report
- 44 pages, 414K PDF.
- Jurisdiction Interview Comments
- Comments from interviews with all Clark County jurisdictions conducted prior to the community outreach effort; what jurisdictions needed to know from citizens.
7 pages, 102K PDF.
- Keypad Polling Text from Area Meetings and Forums
- Full text of questions asked of citizens at the Area (first level) Meetings.
5 pages, 122K PDF.
- Written Comments from Area Meeting Participants
- In addition to response to the keypad polling questions, citizens were asked to submit written comments at the area meetings. Comments are presented by "area" of Clark County.
27 pages, 220K PDF.
- Written Comments from Area Forum Participants
- In addition to response to the keypad polling questions, citizens were asked to submit written comments at the area forums. Comments are presented by "area" of Clark County.
11 pages, 123K PDF.
- TPP Summit Purpose, Agenda, Discussion Guidelines
- A brief description of the purpose of the Summit, the agenda and guidelines for table and panel discussions.
1 page, 87K PDF.
- TPP Briefing Document
- A primer in Clark County transportation planning.
4 pages, 85K PDF.
- TPP Summit Keypad Polling Text
- Full text of questions asked of citizens at the county-wide Summit.
4 pages, 128K PDF.
- Written Comments from TPP Summit Participants
- In addition to response to the keypad polling questions, citizens were asked to submit written comments.
21 pages, 168K PDF.
- Jurisdictions' Comments on the Report
- The jurisdictions interviewed prior to launching the project were asked to comment on the project findings, recommendations and report.
2 pages, 147K PDF.
We look forward to your questions and comments.
Transportation Priorities Project II
Presented by Identity Clark County
InterACT / Identity Clark County
703 Broadway, Suite 504
Vancouver, WA 98660
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