WSDOT is currently compiling state transportation data that should help local and regional planners, decision-makers, and citizens to understand better the story of the state transportation system in their jurisdictions.
What should I or planners know about the Community Planning Portal?
- The Community Planning Portal will be an online forum for state, regional, and local transportation planners to share transportation and land use data.
- WSDOT wants to make it easier for local and regional planners to access the information they need from us while they are updating their plans and regulations, as required by the Growth Management Act (GMA).
- The intent of the Portal is to foster collaborative planning to achieve common goals, including the provision of a reliable, responsible, and sustainable transportation system for the citizens of Washington.
How will the Community Portal work?
- WSDOT will share information about the state transportation system using ArcGIS Online through WAPLAN, a collaborative information site under development by WSDOT.
- It will allow local and regional governments to access interactive online maps and fact sheets customized for their jurisdiction.
- The Community Planning Portal will allow printing of maps, or the download of data layers for local governments to use in their own GIS systems.
- State, regional, and local transportation planners will be able to upload their own geographic data to an online forum, which presents the opportunity for planners across Washington to better integrate local, regional, and state transportation and land use planning.
What kind of information will the Community Planning Portal include?
- WSDOT is developing a basic set of data about the state transportation system that will help local governments complete the transportation element inventory required by the GMA.
- The basic information will include descriptive data about the state transportation system such as airport locations, state highway designations and classifications, roadway characteristics, and traffic counts.
- Additional data will depend on the feedback we get from our partners. WSDOT wants to know what information local and regional planners would find particularly helpful as they plan for their communities.
What happens once the Community Portal is up and running?
- WSDOT hopes local and regional planners will use the online forum to access information about WSDOT, share their own data, and engage WSDOT in discussions of how we can work together to support economic vitality, preserve our transportation system, improve safety and mobility, protect the environment, and better steward our limited financial resources.
When will the Community Transportation Planning Portable be available?
- The Community Transportation Planning Portal will be available in the summer of 2013.
What other information is available about the portal?
Whom should I contact for more information?