November 2, 2006
Champaign Moving Forward
he City of Champaign is in the process of preparing the City’s Transportation Master
Plan, which will become an element of the Comprehensive Plan and replace the
existing Transportation Plan developed in 1992. The development of the
Transportation Master Plan will be based upon the public’s input as to how the City of
Champaign will grow and technical analyses of what transportation solutions are
necessary to accommodate future growth. The Transportation Master Plan will create a
vision for a multi-modal transportation system that helps to achieve the City’s goals of
sustainable growth. The Plan will also give technical and policy direction for decisions
related to planning transportation facilities in the City. Our primary goal is to develop a
well-balanced transportation system that offers choices in how people travel and is
supported by a realistic plan to fund these improvements.
Dear Community Conversation Participant,
The process for the “Community Conversation” has worked across the country for many different issues
addressed in local discussions. This is not a debate in which one side wins and side one loses. Instead, your work
will involve listening, conversation, and deliberation skills in exploring areas of agreement and
disagreement amongst diverse interests. You’re setting out to find the solutions that are in the best interest of
your community and its citizens and that everyone’s opinions deserve some measure of respect. Once people
understand why some groups hold differing views, they often become more creative in seeking new solutions that
everyone can live with.
Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? Here’s how it works and how you can get started!!
• First, read and think about the information provided to you in this booklet.
• Next, participate in your small group discussion during the Community Conversation. You won’t be
picking a preference, but instead you will be exploring the implications of each choic