2. For the long term, develop a process, or template, for how county and state officials can work together on land use/transportation coordination issues.
3. Develop an action plan for Botetourt based on the scenarios analysis to be used when the design for Exit 150 is finalized by VDOT.
4. Develop a data element protocol that helps Botetourt and VDOT manage data collection costs by prioritizing data elements and determining which may be omitted when scenario analyses are performed.
This type of collaborative effort is feasible provided adequate staff resources are dedicated. Time commitments came from three major sources: county staff who provided input, data, and maps; VDOT planning and engineering staff who also provided input, data, and corrections; and VTRC staff who performed analysis.
VDOT staff have the skills necessary to provide this type of technical assistance. VDOT staff provided corrections and demonstrated an understanding of the trip generation steps required; further, the steps in the developed
template are comparable to those undertaken in a conventional traffic impact analysis. The difference was the large number of assumptions that needed to be made given uncertainty with the data. Those assumptions entailed not knowing the specific types of development that would be constructed under a general zoning category and interpolating with existing data ).
The biggest challenge is maintaining momentum, especially when staff have other duties. The template shows how some challenges can be overcome: for example, to prevent uncertainty from stopping a project, VDOT staff can present a sample solution giving participants something tangible to discuss, as illustrated in the step 1 of the template.
in a project where they are responsible for providing a clearly defined technical assistance product.
This project did not resolve how VDOT would deliver assistance on this scale if requests came from multiple counties. This project required about 1,500 hours from VTRC staff-a role that in future efforts would be played by VDOT staff.