The Next Evolution of Public Hearings: Digital
Friday, October 6, 2017
10:40 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. MDT
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The process and format of public hearings hasn’t changed much in the past century. As technology continues to improve and lives get ever busier, a shift toward more online input in public hearings is inevitable. Learn what Lakewood has done to evolve its Planning Commission meetings to allow for online participation and how their experiences might help your community.
1. Identify the challenges to including online options for public hearing input
2. Avoid the pitfalls made by others in this new shift
3. Steps your community can take to start the process
Introduction: Present and discuss problems with current public hearing format including participation gaps, information flow problems, and logistical limitations.
The Lakewood solution: describe the online platform created by Lakewood and People Speak to include online participation in public hearings; review factors that were considered in design of the site; present the site and its functionality.
The Lakewood experience: describe the rollout and results to date in Lakewood including examples from cases and overall impacts on the process.
Q & A
This activity will be a presentation and discussion of new technology for improving and broadening public hearings. We will encourage planners to think about incorporating online participation in their meetings and show how this was accomplished in Lakewood. While we will be showcasing a solution designed by a private entity, the presentation will be non-promotional and designed to educate and inform. The lessons learned by Lakewood staff in covering new ground here will be valuable to planners considering this move in their own communities.
Travis Parker, AICP
Paul Rice, AICP
Shelia Booth, email@example.com