The Next Evolution of Public Hearings: Digital

APA Colorado Chapter


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.

Learning Objectives:

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.

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CM Criteria

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

Confirmed Speaker

Mr. Parker has been Planning Director for Lakewood, CO since August 2011. Since that time he has led the updates of the Lakewood zoning code and comprehensive plan as well as developed the City's first sustainability plan and lead major planning efforts surrounding the West Corridor light rail. His ... Read More

Paul Rice, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Paul Rice is the Planning Manager for the Development Assistance Division with the City of Lakewood, Colorado. Paul has over 17 years of planning experience in Colorado, Indiana, and Washington State. Paul is a firm believer in community outreach and stakeholder collaboration, he has been team leader for dozens of ... Read More

Jason Sperling

Confirmed Speaker

Jason Sperling is the Co-Founder of People Speak, an experienced technologist and serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of working in digital technology. Jason has consulted on the design, development, and management of numerous communication campaigns, websites, and software applications for fortune 100 companies and early-stage startups. He founded and ... Read More

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