Town Administrator March 4, 2019
Lafayette/TOEURA/Town of Erie IGA
During its March 12 meeting, the Town of Erie Urban Renewal Authority (TOEURA) asked for additional information. Staff is compiling that. Staff will/is also..
Meet late next week with CDOT and Lafayette regarding Access issues and Issuing authority.
Working on proposed amendments to the IGA to clarify ambiguous terms and issues of concern.
Planning March 12th meeting with TOEURA and Board of Trustees to review options.
Based on direction from TOEURA and BoT, we will negotiate terms with Lafayette.
Want to maintain momentum, and anticipate March 26th meeting as meeting for TOEURA and BoT to consider action.
We are managing lots of issues! To make good progress on the 2019 Work Plan we may need to schedule regular study sessions twice a month. We plan to share an Advance Agenda (which is subject to revision daily!) soon.
Lots of Meetings!
In the past two weeks I’ve had meetings with various parties and am working on these issues:
- Foundry Builders re status of 4 corners
- Southern Land Company re Westerly Development (Dearman/Swink development)
- Approach to engaging neighborhoods/HOAs
- Park West development regarding parking for their building
- Boulder Valley Velodrome owners
- Brothers Development re Senior Housing
- Parkdale Access/Commercial Development Related Issues
- Erie Medical Center opening
- Home Builders Association of Metro Denver
- Highway 52 Coalition meeting in Fort Lupton
- Erie PD Citizens Academy presentation on Friday evening, where 24 residents are participating in a series of Friday night sessions; they are DEDICATED residents!
- Trail/infrastructure maintenance in Candlelight Estates
- North Area Transportation Alliance
- RTD Updates on N-Line and G-Line and other issues
- Presentation on Regional Transportation Authorities
This week I’ll be attending meetings regarding:
- Front Range Landfill Tour
- Regency Property (4 Corners)
- Front Range Landfill/Vista Ridge neighborhood meeting
Continuing summary of information and good ideas from the CCCMA conference.
Fort Collins and Arvada described how they use the online Engagement HQ
tool to foster and coordinate community engagement. Smaller cities like Parker and Aspen also use it. Independently, Erie staff (Amber, Amy and Farrell) were evaluating this and other possible tools to “up our game” in community engagement. Engagement HQ was the top ranked tool of all those they evaluated. Since we have funds budgeted for this, we are going to get the tool and start using it ASAP!
At the CCCMA conference, Arvada also described how, as part of their community engagement efforts, they hired 8 part-time “Community Connectors” and paid them $15/hour to go into the community with surveys and encourage people to engage on hot topics. By monitoring the responses, they were able to see there was under-representation among young people, seniors and those with less strongly held opinions. In response Arvada sent Connectors to high schools, senior living communities and other locations where they might get a more diverse cross section of the community. They observed that getting more diverse participation resulted in less polarized discussion. They were also able to more effectively transform the engagement culture from “please take this survey” to “please participate in our ongoing process”.
As part of our 2019 Work Plan, I’m working on, and will be incorporating these concepts into, a draft Community Engagement and Transparency Policy. I’ll review the draft Policy with the Board of Trustees during the March 19th