Definition – Option generation refers to the development of a range of strategies or packages of measures that represent different ways of meeting SUMP objectives. The options generated are typically subjected to appraisal processes, so that the most promising can be developed in further detail.
Relevance to SUMP – The SUMP process encourages the development of scenarios to help planners and stakeholders better understand the likely combined effects that different variables (e.g. economic growth, land use development patterns and SUMP measure packages etc.) could have. The KonSULT web tool developed by ITS Leeds incorporates an option generator which allows users to create a list of ranked policy instruments (measures) based on individual search criteria.
Source: ITS Leeds KonSULT (online)