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Scenario Planning Peer Workshop Report - Denver, Colorado

Background

Prior to the workshop, DRCOG conducted two webinars to share background information about Metro Vision 2040 and introduce the scenario planning process. During the first webinar held in April 2012, DRCOG presented preliminary results of a listening tour, summarized its new analysis tools, and detailed the Metro Vision update process to a public audience. The expert panel provided feedback and suggestions for DRCOG’s consideration. A complete summary and audio recording of the April 2012 webinar is available on the FHWA-FTA scenario planning program website. In May 2012, FHWA and FTA sponsored a follow-up webinar solely for DRCOG staff and the panel. During this webinar, the panel had an opportunity to discuss Metro Vision 2040, the scenario planning process, and the June workshop in more depth. A summary of the May 2012 webinar is available in Appendix A.

During the first day of the June 2012 workshop, FHWA and FTA staff provided background information about scenario planning and an overview of the resources offered through the scenario planning and TPCB programs. DRCOG staff then presented material about the Denver region and the agency’s previous scenario planning efforts. Staff from BBC Research and Consulting, a consulting firm retained by DRCOG, introduced preliminary themes and values resulting from a regional survey that identified key issues to include in Metro Vision 2040. Following this presentation, DRCOG staff identified key goals for the Metro Vision update and presented the tools and data that the agency intends to use for the plan and scenario planning exercise.

Workshop participants had opportunities to discuss the presentations and ask questions. Following these discussions, the experts offered insights on how DRCOG could improve its scenario planning process, particularly in terms of considerations that the agency could take to ensure effective public outreach and use of its analysis tools.

In the afternoon, participants engaged in small group breakout discussions to comment on the regional survey and elements of the scenario planning exercise. As part of these discussions, participants used Brainstorm Anywhere, an interactive keypad polling tool developed by PlaceMatters, a nonprofit consultant, to select and discuss key themes for DRCOG to consider in the Metro Vision update.

During the second day of the workshop, staff from DRCOG, FHWA, FTA, and the expert panel reconvened at DRCOG’s offices to engage in roundtable discussions. The discussions focused on topics of interest to DRCOG, including how the agency can maintain the momentum from the workshop for public engagement and the constraints that might influence scenario development and evaluation. Appendix B provides a complete list of the topics discussed in roundtables in addition to full agendas for the workshop and webinars.

Additional information about DRCOG’s Metro Vision 2040 update and the June workshop, including copies of all presentations, is available on DRCOG’s Metro Vision 2040 kickoff website

Updated: 05/14/2014
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