Community engagement to inform bus rapid transit and land use planning in the City’s most diverse area

The City of Fort Collins is developing a plan to explore adding bus rapid transit service to North College Avenue, an area that is culturally and economically diverse, and rapidly growing. In partnership with Fehr & Peers, IBE is designing and implementing public involvement activities for the entire twelve-month planning effort. IBE is to elevate the voices of the entire community, particularly those who are historically underrepresented, including Hispanics, low-income residents, youth, people with disabilities, and older adults. As part of the work, IBE is developing relationships across the community, facilitating focus groups and workshops, designing messaging and public questionnaires, and supporting City working groups and advisory committees. Community input during the first phase of engagement identified broader community concerns about land use and gentrification, which will require IBE to draw on our ability to facilitate contentious dialogue. Stay tuned!

Multifamily Tenant Engagement | City of Fort Collins

Key Outcomes

The public involvement process is designed to meet the following goals:

  • Provide a robust, adaptive, inclusive outreach process for impacted populations, especially those who live, work, and travel in the North College Avenue area
  • Inform and engage the public so that community members meaningfully participate in the important issues that impact their daily lives and advocate for themselves
  • Document public input and show how the plan incorporates input into the design and decision-making process
  • Help build community capacity for civic engagement
  • Illustrate the level of public support and key transit-related issues in the North College Avenue corridor

Key Deliverables

  • Public Involvement Plan
  • Public Involvement Reports for three phases of engagement