National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice

On April 3, 2019, the American Planning Association Announced the 2019 National Planning Award Recipients. Lakewood, Colorado won a National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice!

Achievement award recipients were collectively recognized at the National Planning Conference this past Monday, April 15th, in San Francisco. Travis Parker, who went to receive the award for the City of Lakewood, sent us this snapshot from the event:


From the APA:

The web-based platform,, enables citizens to participate in Lakewood Planning Commission hearings two weeks before the live meeting. Citizens can review presentations and documents, ask questions of staff and project applicants, and comment on proposed actions, all on their own time and at their own pace with the same level of experience and impact as attending the live meetings. Public participation in planning meetings has increased significantly since launched in August 2017.


Interested in learning more about the platform powering

Check out the webinar  “The Next Evolution of Public Hearings” hosted by the American Planning Association on Friday, March 22, 2019, which drew an attendance of nearly 600 participants! In this one and a half hour long webinar we share the case study of People Speak's online public hearing software and its impact on the City of Lakewood, Colorado.

You can view the webinar here.