These so called "scoping sessions" are to review and determine what considerations and factors should be studied when doing the statistical analysis of the impacts of the General Plan.
The inputs of the General Plan (number of residential units, commercial square feet, etc.) will be run through an "analysis machine" that will spit out an estimate of the results, in terms of pollution emissions, traffic congestion, etc. Those estimates will be used to help City leaders make the final decisions on the City's new General Plan.
The scoping sessions, in other words, pose the following questions:
- "How do we design the analysis machine?"
- "What factors and assumptions should we use?"
If the "analysis machine" is designed under the assumption that everybody drives an auto, that active modes of transportation are impractical and inconsequential, and that the most important factor to analyze is automobile traffic congestion (which is measured by a metric called "Level of Service" , then the assumption will be that automobiles are and will continue to be the sole mode of transportation in the City.