A better approach to multiple topics, multiple meetings

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We need a better framework for engaging citizens and gathering input when it comes to massive development or mega-projects. When it comes to these types of issues, there are simply too many sub-groups/meetings to keep track of. Take the West End, for example: There's the BRAC Working Group and its meetings, the Beauregard Small Area Plan and its meetings, the High Speed Transit-way and its meetings, the HOT lanes and their meetings… and on and on. Not only are these topics all over the place, but the meeting times, dates, and locations are always changing, too. It is impossible to stay involved or informed. For something like this, there should be regularly scheduled, ongoing meetings, where these other topics are incorporated and discussed. This way, citizens can PLAN to attend and participate in meetings. Additionally, notes and other materials from these meetings should/would be captured and accessible in single, easy to access website where residents who miss meetings can easily find out what’s going on.

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Follow-up to multiple topics/meetings

An additional concern is the need to consider the various activities within a single context -- for example, how do the High Speed Transit-Way and the HOT lanes and the Small Area plan overlap? Do they contradict in any way?  Will any of these topics result in unintended impacts because decisions were made in isolation and without consideration of what is being decided in the other forums?  Without a consolidated picture of what is being addressed, residents will walk away feeling overwhelmed by all these "decisions."

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