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Scenario Planning Peer Workshop Report - Denver, Colorado


This report documents the proceedings of a two-day scenario planning workshop that took place June 7-8, 2012, in Denver, Colorado. The workshop was hosted by the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Denver region, at the History Colorado Center.

The workshop was co-sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Approximately 130 participants attended the workshop, including DRCOG and Federal staff as well as representatives from State, local, and county government agencies; non-profit organizations; advocacy organizations; private sector groups; and other organizations. Several members of DRCOG’s Board of Directors also attended. Appendix C includes a full list of workshop attendees.

The purpose of the workshop was to initiate a scenario planning exercise that will inform DRCOG’s update to Metro Vision 2040, the regional long-range transportation plan. In hosting the workshop, DRCOG sought to highlight the scenario planning practices that the agency has undertaken in the past and intends to use when updating Metro Vision 2040. DRCOG also presented its recently developed analysis tools that will support the scenario planning effort. The workshop provided an opportunity for DRCOG to obtain feedback on how to most effectively apply the tools.

Prior to the event, FHWA and FTA sponsored two webinars during which DRCOG presented on Metro Vision 2040, the scenario planning exercise, and the suite of new tools to a national audience as well as an expert panel. The webinars and workshop were held as part of the FHWA-FTA scenario planning program, which is part of the FHWA-FTA Transportation Planning Capacity Building (TPCB) Program.

A panel of four experts1 with expertise in scenario planning participated in the webinars and workshop. The experts included:

Kevin J. Krizek, Professor of City Planning at the University of Colorado;

Uri Avin, Director of the Planning and Design Center at the University of Maryland’s National Center for Smart Growth;

Reid Ewing, Professor of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah; and

Paul Waddell, Chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California-Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design.

Discussions held during the workshop and webinars will help DRCOG improve and tailor the scenario planning exercise for Metro Vision 2040, identify key factors to consider in developing scenario alternatives and indicators, and solidify the analysis and evaluation that will ultimately produce Metro Vision 2040.

1 For more information on Envision Utah, see

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