About the Consortium

The Consortium for Scenario Planning, an initiative of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, is a participation organization established in 2017 to foster growth in the application of scenario planning in rural and urban areas. Participants range from rural, city, county, and regional planners to urban managers and more. Through the Consortium’s initiatives, resources including education and training, state of practice improvements, and peer exchange are provided in order to reach the Consortium’s goals.

As environments become increasingly complex, funds remain limited, and the future remains uncertain, scenario planning helps groups of decision-makers navigate challenging terrain.  The Consortium has three primary goals:

Expansion of Understanding and Capacity

Expand capacity in and understanding of Scenario Planning processes and software tools 

Increased User Base

Increase the number of entities applying Scenario Planning processes and software

Strengthened Professional Network

Strengthen the professional network to increase peer learning, innovations, and progress

Current Participants

Arnab Chakraborty, University of Illinois – Champaign, Illinois 

Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) – Atlanta, Georgia

Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) – Hartford, Connecticut

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) – Chicago, Illinois

Fregonese Associates – Portland, Oregon

Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) – Portland, Maine

Ken Snyder, Radian / PlaceMatters – Denver, Colorado

Matt Noonkester, City Explained – Charlotte, North Carolina

Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) – Omaha, Nebraska

Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) – Boston, Massachusetts

Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) – Kansas City, Missouri

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) – Columbus, Ohio

National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG) – College Park, Maryland

Ralph Marra, Southwest Water Resources Consulting (SWRC) – Tucson, Arizona

Robert Goodspeed, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Sonoran Institute – Tucson, Arizona

Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) – Los Angeles, CA 

Southwest Colorado Council of Governments (SWCCOG) – Durango, Colorado

Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) – Salt Lake City, Utah


The Consortium’s partners help expand its reach to diverse participants and ensure initiatives are helpful for the groups they represent. In addition, partners often collaborate with the Consortium on specific initiatives and support the Consortium’s presence at their conferences.




Janae Futrell, AICP, LEED AP

Decision Support Fellow, consultant to the Consortium for Scenario Planning



The Scenario Planning Applications Network (SPAN) and its predecessor, the Open Planning Tools Group (OPTG), were earlier initiatives that brought together US-based software tool developers, practitioners, and academics focusing on supporting Scenario Planning work in urban and regional planning for professionals, particularly those highly skilled in Scenario Planning.  Developed in partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, SPAN’s estimated 30 members held annual conferences during 2010-2016 and served as a forum for connection and peer learning.  The Consortium for Scenario Planning builds on the work of SPAN with support staff and participant expansion to increase the accessibility of Scenario Planning to professionals new to the practice of Scenario Planning, while continuing to support professionals who are already seasoned.  It also works to expand Scenario Planning practices from urban and regional planning to rural and less urban areas, municipalities, and other applicable contexts.