Chapter Eleven

Planning Considerations

Chapter Outline

  • Introduction
  • Introductory Case Study: Las Vegas, Nevada Population Growth
  • The Need for Planning
  • Infrastructure Planning
  • Transportation Planning
  • Land Use Planning
  • Regional Planning
  • Emergency Planning
  • Population Projections
  • Outro

Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  1. Define planning and explain why it is necessary.
  2. Explain how a Capital Improvement Program is used for infrastructure planning.
  3. Define context-sensitive design and describe how it is related to transportation planning.
  4. Explain how effective land use planning can lead to more efficient infrastructure.
  5. Explain the importance of emergency planning.
  6. Predict future populations given historical population data.
  7. Compare and contrast infrastructure, transportation, land use, regional, and emergency planning.


Planning is the act of formulating a course of action, of creating a roadmap to what the future should be. As a student, you should plan when you will take specific courses in order to graduate on time. Once you graduate, you will hopefully begin to plan for a financially secure retirement. Planning, as it relates to the infrastructure, is the act of formulating a specific course of action for future roadway expansions, wastewater treatment facility upgrades, airport runway expansions, and the like.


Planning is by nature ...

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