From the case study:
Context: Fort Lupton (pop. 7500) is a small town positioned just 25 miles from Denver and the cities of Boulder and Greeley. It has ready access via major transportation routes and finds itself within the rapidly growing urban corridor of Colorado’s Front Range. In 2006, the City set out to update its 1997 Comprehensive Plan to make it “a statement of public policy and an expression of the community’s vision for the future [that would] also represent the community’s values for positive economic growth and development, as well as preserving the quality of life the residents enjoy.”
The result, Fort Lupton’s 2007 Comprehensive Plan, is notable for many reasons. It looks beyond the City boundaries to address lands in unincorporated areas. Substantial efforts were taken in drafting the plan to include county residents, the Hispanic population, the elderly, and students. And Plan policies are being implemented in numerous ways, including through intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) with the surrounding communities and with Weld County. In 2008, the Fort Lupton Plan was given an award by the Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association. “The Comp Plan was chosen for a Community Engagement Award because the [Awards] Committee was impressed with the innovative ways of capturing public participation and the use of IGA’s and other creative avenues. The Plan had great goals and is very realistic.”
Technology and Tools: Foresee Consulting used CommunityViz Scenario 360 to input, evaluate and illustrate the alternative plans and the “synthesis plan.” The community was engaged through a variety of means including widely-distributed surveys in English and Spanish, and focused workshops with seniors, students, and the Chamber of Commerce. An interactive Comp Plan web site enabled online survey responses and shared project information and updates. The workshops used CommunityViz, keypad polling and the “Growth Challenge Game” to define resident priorities, to develop, analyze, and evaluate alternative land use plans, and to confirm the synthesis plan that is the basis of the Comp Plan.