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
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
- How does Denver compare to
similarly sized metropolitan areas, particularly with regard to challenges and
- 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
- 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.