Webinar 3/22/19: The Next Evolution of Public Hearings - Hosted by American Planning Association

Missed us at the APA Colorado State Conference or want an update on how things have been going? Join us at an upcoming webinar, “The Next Evolution of Public Hearings” hosted by the American Planning Association. The webinar will feature a case study about the City of Lakewood, Colorado, and how they’ve innovated their public hearings by adding an online component.

Would love to have you join us!

Details follow.

The Next Evolution of Public Hearings

When: March 22 2019, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

Host: American Planning Association


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 meetings to allow for online participation and how their experiences might help your community.

What You’ll Learn:

  1. The challenges to including online options for public hearing input

  2. How to avoid the pitfalls made by others in this new shift

  3. Steps your community can take to start the proces

Tentative Agenda:

  1. Introduction: Mr. Parker will present and discuss problems with current public hearing format including participation gaps, information flow problems, and logistical limitations.

  2. The Lakewood Solution

    • Mr. Parker and Mr. Sperling will describe the online platform created by Lakewood and People Speak to include online participation in public hearings.

    • They will review factors that were considered in design of the site.

    • They will present the site and its functionality.

  3. The Lakewood Experience

    • Mr. Rice will describe the rollout and results to date in Lakewood including examples from cases and overall impacts on the process.

  4. Q & A


  • Travis Parker, AICP, Planning Director, Lakewood, CO

  • Paul Rice, AICP, Development Assistance Manager, Lakewood, CO

  • Jason Sperling, MBA, Co-founder, People Speak

Registration and more (via the American Planning Association)