Why are goals and objectives important?

Goals and objectives serve as the foundation for all project analysis and final recommendations. Final recommendations will be a direct reflection of what it means for the county’s transportation network to be resilient. At the root of evaluations of resiliency actions and methods is the degree to which the benefits of the possible solution further study goals, measured against the “costs” (including financial, public acceptance, level of effort, etc.) of implementing and using the proposed action.

Goals and Objectives

Goal 1) Institutionalize resiliency: Strengthen Boulder County Transportation Department and local governments’ culture and prioritization of transportation system and flood risk resiliency.

Objective A. Coordination occurs internally among and between departments, and externally between agencies, organizations, and the public.

Objective B. Risk is determined and evaluated regularly for short-term and long-term conditions.

Objective C. Risk-mitigating solutions and innovations are evaluated, prioritized, funded, and implemented regularly.

Objective D. Resiliency is continuously integrated into Transportation Department policy, regulations, decision-making, processes, and budgets.

Objective E. Resiliency is considered along with other factors when prioritizing infrastructure upgrades and replacement.

Objective F. People are educated about resiliency and have plans to respond to shocks.

Goal 2) Withstand shocks: Transportation systems and related flood risk management reduce long-term impact of shock events.

Objective A. A broad range of risks and vulnerabilities are identified and addressed so that infrastructure and services are made to withstand shocks and/or designed to fail in predictable ways which minimize impacts to people as well as natural and manmade features. 

Objective B. Actions to prepare transportation systems and manage flood risk are socially equitable and ensure that vulnerable populations are appropriately served.

Objective C. Current commitments to make resiliency improvements are carried forward and implemented.

Goal 3) Respond to shocks: Transportation systems and flood risk management respond effectively to shock events. 

Objective A. Essential activities are preserved following shock events.

Objective B. Recovery from shocks is performed methodically, prioritizing efforts to minimize interruptions.

Objective C. Transportation systems are redundant and adequate for multimodal community mobility and emergency access and egress following shocks.

Objective D. Floodplain management strategies are adequate to respond to and mitigate shocks and reduce harm.

Objective E. Shock recovery enables Boulder County communities to improve capability of affected transportation infrastructure and systems to better withstand future shocks and stresses.

Objective F. Transportation systems and related flood risk management responses to shocks are socially equitable and ensure that impacts to vulnerable populations are minimized and that appropriate mobility and access to services, jobs, commerce, and community are preserved.

Goal 4) Address stresses: Improve transportation system and flood risk management responsiveness to stresses.

Objective A. On-going and potential transportation system stresses and flood risks are identified and monitored.

Objective B. Solutions to flood risk stress on the transportation system are developed.

Objective C. Reduction of flood risk and transportation system stresses benefits the public equitably and protects vulnerable populations.

Objective D. Actions to address transportation system and manage flood risk stresses emphasize assets that are critical, are connected to other systems, and are significant to peoples’ lives.