Least Cost Planning Workshop

August 12, 2009

On August 12, 2009 a workshop discussing Least Cost Planning (LCP) was held at the Portland office of Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (KAI). The interactive workshop was presented by Dave Mayfield of Cogan Owens Cogan, where he described potential applications of LCP tools at statewide, regional, and project levels, as well as a summary of potential barriers to implementation. The presentation slides, as well as a bit of additional information on both Least Cost Planning and the presenter can be found below:

Least Cost Planning (LCP): Least cost planning and backcasting are related planning methods developed by the energy industry that can help us in the transportation sector. Oregon House Bill 2001 directs Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to work with Oregon’s MPOs to consider how to apply LCP. LCP and backcasting are coming to Oregon and other state and public entities throughout the country in a time of declining transportation funding, rising fuel prices, and climate change. They provide new approaches to making transportation decisions in light of rapidly changing conditions. LCP boosts the role that demand management plays in planning, and also considers costs and benefits that are often outside the range of typical analysis. Backcasting provides an adaptive management process to ensure that goals are met.

Additional information regarding Least Cost Planning can be found on the web here.

Dave Mayfield, COC: David has 32 years professional experience as a planner and project manager of park, environmental, land use and transportation planning projects. He is well respected for his team leadership skills and successful management of large, complex projects. He is especially accomplished in integrating transportation corridor planning with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), developing context-sensitive solutions and advising on sustainability practices. Dave has a master’s degree in Cultural Ecology from San Francisco State University and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Planning from Sonoma State University. Dave’s commitment to sustainable mobility includes giving a series of presentations on least cost planning and backcasting for the following organizations: Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC) at Portland State University, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Portland Metro, the Oregon Metropolitan Planning Organization Consortium (OMPOC), and the Coalition for a Livable Future (CLF).

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