Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Grading Your Growth Management Plan

Guidance for Specific Quality of Life Factors
A Good Plan presents criteria for assessing the effect of past and anticipated growth for each quality of life factor; this information is presented in table and map format. The grading process contains a list of quality of life factors; for each, the question is whether the criteria data is present in the list or table at the recommended level of detail. If lists or tables are not present, then check the table of contents to see if there is a chapter that addresses the quality of life factor or search the plan for keywords.
A New Plan for Your Area if your current plan is about to expire or rates poorly based on the Quality of Life Growth Management system, we can assist you in carrying out the outlined steps and/or conduct a community workshop and assist you in formulating a planning strategy for your community.

 Anticipated Growth refers to the growth anticipated in the plan.  Usually the focus is on how population will change by a target year set a decade or more into the future to predict how the number of houses will change along with traffic volume, impervious area and water resource impacts, changes to police staffing and other public safety functions.
Planning Area is the geographical area covered by the plan.  If the planning area is diverse, then data regarding quality of life factors should be provided for each distinct subarea.
Points and Letter Grades five questions are presented for each of the specific quality of life factors.  A firm, unequivocal YES to a question equals one point.  There are situations where a question can be partially answered yes in which case a point value of less than one is an option.  For example, the fourth question for each factor is usually in two-parts: are actions recommended for resolving a negative effect, and does the plan contain text providing the factual basis for why the action is likely to achieve the degree of resolution claimed?
A half-point would be justified for a Yes to either of this two-part question. A Yes to all five questions yields a total score of 5 points and a letter grade of A.  Lesser totals equal letter grades of: 4 = B; 3 = C; 2 = D; 1 = E; 0 = F. If you assess more than one specific quality of life factor then the average score can be equated to a letter grade using this same scale.  For example, an average of 3.4 would be rounded to 3 for a C or you can call it a C+.  A 3.6 average could be rounded up to a 4 or B.  You could also call it a B-.
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