Scenario Planning Peer Workshop Report - Denver, Colorado
Appendix A: May 2012 Webinar Summary
In preparation for the June workshop, DRCOG conducted two webinars in April and May 2012. The April 2012 webinar was conducted as part of the FHWA/FTA scenario planning program webinar series and was open to a national audience as well as Denver regional stakeholders.
The second webinar, held in May 2012, provided an opportunity for the expert panel to provide additional insight about the tools and their implications for the Metro Vision update. The panelists raised several questions for DRCOG to take into consideration when conducting the Metro Vision 2040 update and scenario planning process, as summarized below:
- How does Denver compare to similarly sized metropolitan areas, particularly with regard to challenges and opportunities?
- Has DRCOG evaluated the Denver region in the context of national growth projections and urbanization trends?
- How does the Denver regional plan compare with those of these other metropolitan areas?
- What efforts will be taken to ensure that the Denver region builds on previous scenario planning efforts both in Denver and nation-wide?
- To what degree have goals and objectives from previous scenario planning exercises been met? If they have not been met, why not? How will DRCOG incorporate past lessons learned into implementation strategies for Metro Vision 2040?
- On what geographic scale will the June workshop and other discussions occur? Will the conversation take place at a regional scale or will there be municipal-level or neighborhood-level discussions? Who will aggregate the findings and conclusions from smaller discussions back to the regional level, and how will DRCOG address any differences and conflict?
- Visioning exercises may not adequately address the reality of conflicting regional demands and expectations; how will DRCOG balance any conflicting demands that emerge?
- What are the "what–ifs" that have not been addressed in previous scenario planning efforts? How might they influence the scenarios that DRCOG presents to the public? For example, increasing fuel prices or climate change may lead to significant changes in travel behaviors, housing preferences, and large-scale regional development and growth rates. How does DRCOG plan to take these external trends into account?
Following the experts’ discussion of these questions with DRCOG staff, staff provided experts with more background and logistics information to help them prepare for the June workshop.