The purpose of the RTP Roundtable is to support TCAG in the development and preparation of the 2018 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy. It is vital to the success of the process that the RTP Roundtable help to generate consensus about the RTP that is based on the input of an informed and active local constituency. TCAG periodically updates the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) as required by State and Federal regulations. The RTP is the highest level and most comprehensive planning document prepared by TCAG. The RTP update process has always represented a major work effort. Because of new statutory requirements, and since the region has continued to grow and become more diverse, the current update getting underway is of increasing complexity.
Foremost among the requirements is the incorporation of a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) as called for by the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008 (SB 375). The SCS is a regional land use plan. It is a forecast of the character and distribution of land use in the region to the horizon of the planning period. In the case of this RTP update, the horizon year is 2042. While land use authority remains with the individual cities and counties, the intent of SB 375 by including an SCS in an RTP, which must be internally consistent, is to better align transportation, housing and land use plans region-wide. The current RTP, adopted in 2014, included an SCS. The current update is targeted to be complete and adopted by the end of 2017. (Although it will be referred to as the 2018 RTP).