January 22, 2014

APA Announces 2014 National Planning Award Recipients

CHICAGO — The American Planning Association (APA) honors comprehensive planning efforts and inspiring individuals with its 2014 National Planning Excellence and Achievement Awards.

APA's national awards program, the profession's highest honor, 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 the world.

Eighteen recipients were selected to receive APA's National Planning Excellence Awards and 10 recipients were selected to receive Achievement Awards. The award recipients consisting of planning firms, civic organizations, municipalities, and individuals will be recognized during APA's National Planning Conference at a special awards luncheon on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Atlanta.

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2014 National Planning Excellence Recipients

Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan

  • Legacy 2030 Comprehensive Plan – Winston - Salem / Forsyth County, North Carolina
  • Plan Cincinnati: A Comprehensive Plan for the Future – Cincinnati, Ohio

The HUD Secretary's Opportunity and Empowerment Award

  • Mountain View Village (Cook Inlet Housing Authority) – Anchorage, Alaska

National Planning Excellence Award for a Best Practice

  • Urban Forestry Code Revisions Project – Tigard, Oregon

National Planning Excellence Award for a Grassroots Initiative

  • Ridges to River Open Space Network Vision Plan – Mid-Columbia Region, Washington

National Planning Excellence Award for Implementation

  • Detroit RiverFront Conservancy – Detroit, Michigan

National Planning Excellence Award for a Communications Initiative

  • ACCESS Magazine – University of California Transportation Center, Los Angeles, California

National Planning Excellence Award for Transportation

  • Hawaii Department of Transportation's Statewide Pedestrian Master Plan – Hawaii

National Planning Excellence Award for Environmental Planning

  • Broward County Climate Change Element – Broward County, Florida

National Planning Excellence Award for Innovation in Economic Development & Planning

  • East Franklinton Creative Community District Plan (Goody Clancy) – Columbus, Ohio

National Planning Excellence Award for Urban Design

  • Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, New York

The Pierre L'Enfant International Planning Excellence Award

  • The Songzhuang Arts and Agriculture City (Sasaki Associates) – Beijing, China

The National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Advocate

  • Cynthia Lee-Sheng – Jefferson Parish Council, Louisiana

National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Agency

  • Tallahassee – Leon County Planning Department – Florida

National Planning Excellence Award for an Emerging Planning & Design Studio

  • Houseal Lavigne – Chicago, Illinois

National Planning Award for a Planning Pioneer

  • Irving Hand, FAICP – Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

National Planning Award for a Planning Landmark

  • Housing Act of 1949

2014 National Planning Achievement Recipients

National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice

  • Berkeley Downtown Area Project – Berkeley, California
  • Reclaiming the Right-of-Way: A Toolkit for Creating and Implementing Parklets – UCLA Complete Streets Initiative, Los Angeles, California

National Planning Achievement Award for Innovation in Economic Planning and Development

  • Trail Towns: Boosting Appalachian Communities Through Tourism – Maryland and Pennsylvania

National Planning Achievement Award for Environmental Planning

  • Arlington County Community Energy Plan – Arlington, Virginia
  • Sustainable DC Plan – Washington, D.C.

National Planning Achievement Award for Implementation

  • Downtown Golden Urban Renewal Project – Golden, Colorado

National Planning Achievement Award for Public Outreach

  • Pop Up City: Temporary Interventions for Community Engagement – Cleveland, Ohio
  • San Francisco Budget Czar Game – San Francisco, California

National Planning Achievement Award for Transportation Planning

  • SANBAG Improvement to Transit Access for Cyclists and Pedestrians – County of San Bernardino, California

National Planning Achievement Award for Urban Design

  • Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan – Chula Vista, California

Contact

Roberta Rewers, APA Public Affairs; 312-786-6395; rrewers@planning.org