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American Planning Association Announces 2017 National Planning Award Recipients

April 26, 2017

CHICAGO --(BUSINESS WIRE) The American Planning Association (APA) honors comprehensive planning efforts and inspiring individuals with its 2017 National Planning Excellence and Achievement Awards. APA’s national awards program is a proud tradition established more than 50 years ago to recognize outstanding community plans, planning programs and initiatives, public education efforts, and individuals for their leadership on planning issues. These efforts help create communities of lasting value throughout the country – and around the world. Each year, APA recognizes outstanding efforts in planning and planning leadership through its National Planning Excellence and Achievement Awards. The two-tier awards are selected through a juried process. Excellence recipients are the highest honor and Achievement Awards recognize areas of specialization with the planning profession. Five recipients were selected to receive APA’s National Planning Excellence Awards and 12 recipients were selected to receive Achievement Awards. Award recipients will be recognized during APA’s National Planning Conference at a special awards luncheon on Monday, May 8, 2017, in New York City. Read more about the 2017 award recipients, access images and supplemental materials. 2017 National Planning Excellence Recipients National Planning Excellence Award for Planning Pioneers Lawrence P. Witzling, PhD, AIA, ASLA—Milwaukee, Wisconsin National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Landmark Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve –MontgomeryCounty, Maryland Pierre L’Enfant International Planning Excellence Award Bhubaneswar Smart City Plan – Odisha, India Advancing Diversity & Social Change in Honor of Paul Davidoff Near Northside Quality of Life Agreement (QLA) 2015 – Houston, Texas Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan Plano Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan – Plano, Texas National Planning Achievement Awards The Achievement Awards are a way for the awards jury to recognize good planning work and are similar to an honorable mention. National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice | Gold Urban Development Areas and Technical Assistance Grant Program – Commonwealth of Virginia National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice | Silver Placemaking for an Aging Population: Guidelines for Senior-Friendly Parks – Los Angeles, California National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice | Silver Historic Fort Ord Regional Urban Design Guidelines – Monterey Bay, California National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice | Silver Plan 2020: The Bicentennial Plan for Indianapolis – Indianapolis, Indiana National Planning Achievement Award for Economic Development Planning | Gold Wynwood Neighborhood Revitalization District – Wynwood, Miami, Florida National Planning Achievement Award for Environmental Planning | Gold Colorado Resiliency Framework – State of Colorado National Planning Achievement Award for Environmental Planning | Silver Millvale Ecodistrict Pivot Plan – Millvale, Pennsylvania National Planning Achievement Award for a Grassroots Initiative | Gold Huerta del Valle Community Garden – Ontario, California National Planning Achievement Award for Implementation | Gold Arlington County’s Smart Growth Journey – Arlington County, Virginia National Planning Achievement Award for Public Outreach | Gold The Game of Floods – Marin County, California National Planning Achievement Award for Transportation Planning | Gold Bicycle Master Plan Stress Map – Montgomery County, Maryland National Planning Achievement Award for Urban Design | Gold Austin Historic Cemeteries Master Plan – Austin, Texas "Good planning is not just preparing the community for the future, but engaging the residents in the discussions and decision-making that will impact their lives," said W. Shedrick Coleman, AIA, 2017 chair of APA’s Awards Jury. "This year’s award recipients advanced the planning profession by more thoroughly engaging all residents in the planning process."

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