Community Values

Cities and communities in Washington County have done a lot of work over the past few decades to identify the values of area residents. The Transportation Futures Study team reviewed dozens of community plans, visioning documents, and local transportation plans as a starting place to determine Washington County community values and goals. A review of these studies and documents paints a picture of Washington County’s core community values for land use and transportation. Some common themes have remained constant over time, while others have emerged more recently, like prioritizing an integrated multi-modal transportation system and the link between transportation and public health.

Public Process for Developing Community Values

The Transportation Futures Study team reviewed dozens of community plans, visioning documents, and local transportation plans as a starting place to determine Washington County community values for land use and transportation. The study team distilled these into a list of ten draft community values.

The study team then invited the public to review and comment on the values, in order to confirm that the research paints an accurate picture of what area residents and travelers value. Input was provided by the Study Advisory Committee, key stakeholders, representatives of historically underrepresented communities, as well as input from the general public through an online open house. The team then updated some of the values statements to incorporate input received.

Values Statements

Washington County community members value:

  • Connectivity
  • Efficiency
  • Transportation Options
  • Community Identity
  • Social Equity
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Strategic Investment
  • Economic Vitality
  • Health
  • Safety

How community values will be used

The final values statements will be used to guide development of a set of evaluation measures. The measures will be used to evaluate alternative transportation investments to see how they support these values, and to assess tradeoffs between alternatives.