The regional blueprint process provides a glimpse of what most likely 'will be' based on existing trends, plans and policies, compared to what 'could be' if growth and development related decisiions were more closely aligned with community values and priorites.
Sometimes referred to as scenario planning, a forecast map of Shasta County in the year 2050 is generated based on known relationships between population growth, household demographics, employment, statistics, land use, transportation, the environment, and other key factors. If local residents don't like what they see, alternative scenarios can be created.
In effect, regional blueprint planning gives local residents the opportunity to be a virtual community planner, to evalute the trade offs, and expereince what it's like to sit in the elected offical's seat.
To find out more about regional blueprint planning, go to Shasta County's adopted regional blueprint, ShastaFORWARD>>.