Public & Agency Outreach

The purpose of agency and public outreach is to facilitate a transparent, inclusive and accessible process that provides a forum for engaging potentially interested parties.

Agencies will be involved through key stakeholder interviews and the technical working group (TWG). Businesses, residents and other interested members of the public will be engaged through open houses, targeted meetings with directly affected parties, and public information provided on the website, by email and mail.

The project team is aware that the study area community has been involved in the Central I-70 Project meetings and will also be engaged in the North Metropolitan Industrial Area Connectivity Study being conducted in parallel with the Vasquez PEL, and overlap among the projects is inevitable. This project will provide opportunities for engagement to stakeholders who do not wish to attend public meetings.

The Technical Working Group (TWG) is comprised of local jurisdictions and agencies that have a significant stake in the future of the study area's transportation system. TWG members have an important role in helping to identify issues and opportunities.

The TWG will:

  • Provide technical input and recommendations to CDOT for consideration in the decision-making process.
  • Share information with and solicit input from their organizations, elected officials and other constituents.
  • Provide input and support for the project's public outreach through efforts such as sharing project information with constituents via their organizations' websites, social media, or regularly scheduled meetings.
  • Meet approximately five times from August 2016 to April 2017.

Agencies and organizations represented on the TWG include:

  • CDOT
  • FHWA
  • Adams County
  • Commerce City
  • City and County of Denver
  • Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)
  • Regional Transportation District (RTD)
  • Colorado Motor Carriers Association (CMCA)

Outreach to businesses and residents in the study area is critical to ensure that the PEL study addresses local concerns and desired outcomes for future improvements. The business and resident outreach will occur throughout the study, and provide opportunities for meaningful involvement and input.

The study team's approach to public involvement is to:

  • Engage businesses and residents in the study area early in the process and at key milestones throughout the study.
  • Reach out to the different communities in their language and with culturally relevant information.
  • Hold public open houses, one-on-one meetings with interest groups, neighborhood meetings and targeted meetings with property owners along Vasquez Boulevard.

The approach will be collaborative, allowing for an open exchange of information, concerns and potential improvements for the corridor.

Key business, resident and property owner stakeholders in the study area include those immediately adjacent to Vasquez Boulevard, as well as neighborhoods that would be potentially affected by any changes in access and circulation in the study area.

Other potential stakeholders include area commuters, business organizations, alternate transportation groups and railroads in the corridor.