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COVID-19: Planning Resources

We are currently compiling resources for planners.

If you have any resources to share as examples, lessons learned, documents, software, etc. please email SBooth@APAColorado.org

APA Colorado does not endorse any of the products below. All suggestions have been gathered from members and online research. APA Colorado does not receive any monetary contributions for listing the below resources.

Please consider sharing resources on Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) website as well: https://elgl.org/covid-19/. Articles and tips are listed here as well.

State of Colorado Existing Resources

DOLA:

COMMUNITY RESPONSES & SHARED DOCUMENTS:

  • Clarion Associates has been using MS Teams for both internal and external communication. The Microsoft Suite of tools through Office 365 allows you to collaborate in different ways. We use SharePoint when we need multiple users to be working in a single document (even in zoning codes that are several hundred pages long). You could use SharePoint for plan review, and give access to the various reviewers for commenting. Anyone in the document would see the comments made by other reviewers. Then, when it is time to discuss the document, you could use MS Teams to share the screen and hold a video conference with your development review team. We have been using Teams and other MS 365 products for over a year now, but have used Teams extensively in the past three weeks. In addition to the video conference and screen sharing capabilities, the chat feature has given us a venue for more casual office conversation. Hopefully you'll hear from some cities that have used it for development review. - Tareq Wafaie, AICP
  • City of Centennial Remote Video Inspection Guidelines
  • Boulder County issued a temporary moratorium on accepting new applications and issuing permits, which includes language stating "any temporary cessation of land use permit applications will include applications currently under review governed by codified timeframes for that review (such as Site Plan Review)." The full document can be seen here: https://assets.bouldercounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/covid-19-cpp-notice-20200323.pdf, or by going through the Boulder County Community Planning and Permitting website.
  • COVID-19: Local Action Tracker — The National League of Cities and Bloomberg Philanthropies have teamed up to collect and share actions taken by local leaders in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. View its searchable spreadsheet (which is updated frequently) and learn how to submit a local action response. Source: NLC.org

FUNDING RESOURCES:

  • Colorado Blueprint to End Hungrer: In response to the urgent food access and nutritional needs that are emerging as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the COVID-19 Emergency Hunger Relief Fund is open for applications! You can use this funding for operating funds, including food, staff, packaging, safety supplies, food transportation, client communications, etc. Grants (up to $25,000) are available with some geographic prioritization based on community needs. Applications open each week on Monday and close on Wednesday.

OTHER AGENCY REOURSES:Links to articles and online resources from partner organizations

COVID-19 INFORMATIONLinks to trusted, real time information ...

APA BlogPlanning During a Pandemic: 6 Resources for Planners

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ONLINE & MEETING PROGRAMS:

VIRTUAL STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT|MEETING TOOLS:

  • Narration recorded with power point slides, posted to porject website
  • Online Survey with short videos embedded to correspond with each question.
  • Remote polling from cell phone during a conference call

REMOTE SITE INSPECTIONS:

REMOTE CALL OPTIONS:

  • Jabber: Allows people to answer direct phone calls from the public on their computers

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