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Proclamations, Scavenger Hunts, Box Cities, and Crosswords

Posted November 05, 2014

Recap of the 2014 National Community Planning Month Celebrations

Communities around the country celebrated National Community Planning Month this past October in a variety of ways – open houses, city hall displays, proclamations and community contests. Here’s a quick recap of event highlights.

Proclamation Contest

This was the first year for the APA Coast to Coast National Community Planning Month Proclamation Contest. While we fell short of coloring the entire U.S. map “APA Blue,” we did have 27 states participate. Three states even submitted state-wide (or Commonwealth-wide) proclamations: Arizona, Michigan and Virginia. Member Mike Upston, AICP, from Eagle Point, Oregon, was randomly selected among all those who submitted a proclamation to receive the forthcoming PAS Report Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation. Congrats Mike!

Community Activities

While a proclamation is one way to celebrate planning during October, several communities were creative with their activities to highlight planning and planners.

Avondale, Arizona, hosted a city-wide scavenger hunt that celebrated the community’s treasures. A local family team won the hunt and received a $200 gift card. Minnetonka, Minnesota, hosted a box city during the annual city-wide open house. More than 100 kids contributed to the design, including a library with attached librarian quarters, a hotel with a green roof and an energy efficient building. Boynton Beach, Florida, hosted a photography contest. The photos had to portray the city’s built environment.

Amarillo, Texas, created a unique way to increase awareness about planning. James Bentley, a planner with the  City of Amarillo Planning Department, created a planning terms crossword puzzle. The catch, all of the puzzle’s answers could be found in the first four pages of the city’s zoning ordinance. Bentley said that by directing participants to the ordinance, it helped inform the public that there was a way to view the various rules and regulations that associated with planning.

“The most challenging part of creating the puzzle was trying not to make it too difficult because I, and most everyone in the field, understand these terms and what they mean, but your everyday citizen might not,” said Bentley.

Check out Amarillo’s crossword puzzle.

Check out the blog for additional ways communities celebrated.

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Champaign proclaims

Posted October 31, 2014

Champaign, Illinois 

Mayor Don Gerard has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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Normal proclaims

Posted October 31, 2014

Normal, Illinois

Mayor Christopher Koos has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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Carbondale proclaims

Posted October 31, 2014

Carbondale, Illinois

Acting Mayor Donald D. Monty has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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McLean County proclaims

Posted October 31, 2014

McLean County, Illinois

McLean County Board Chairman Matt Sorensen has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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New Braunfels proclaims

Posted October 31, 2014

New Braunfels, Texas

Mayor Barron Casteel has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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Fort Meade proclaims

Posted October 31, 2014

Fort Meade, Florida

Mayor Robert Elliott has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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Buckeye proclaims

Posted October 31, 2014

Buckeye, Arizona

Mayor Jackie A Meck has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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Aspen proclaims

Posted October 31, 2014

Aspen, Colorado

Mayor Steven Skadron has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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Watauga proclaims

Posted October 31, 2014

Watauga, Texas

Mayor Hector F. Garcia has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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Savannah proclaims

Posted October 31, 2014

Savannah, Georgia

Mayor Edna Branch Jackson has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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Oakland Park proclaims

Posted October 31, 2014

Oakland Park, Florida

Mayor Shari McCartney has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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City-wide scavenger hunt

Posted October 31, 2014

Avondale, Arizona

The city celebrated in multiple ways. The mayor proclaimed October as Community Planning Month. An informational booth was located in the city hall lobby and a city-wide scavenger hunt for residents celebrated the community’s treasures. A local family team won the hunt and received a $200 gift card!

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Awards Honor Planning

Posted October 31, 2014

Hillsborough, Florida

The Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission will celebrate National Community Planning Month with its annual Planning and Design awards program October 30.

Event information.

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Palm Beach Gardens proclaims

Posted October 31, 2014

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Mayor Robert G. Premuroso has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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Winter Haven proclaims

Posted October 31, 2014

Winter Haven, Florida

The city has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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Rockville proclaims

Posted October 31, 2014

Rockville, Maryland

Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton and the Councilmembers of Rockville have proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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Tega Cay Proclaims

Posted October 31, 2014

Tega Cay, South Carolina

Mayor Georgo C. Sheppard has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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“Planners R Us”

Posted October 23, 2014

Charleston, West Virginia

Four middle schools participated in “Planners R Us” the second annual mock city design program. The program was sponsored by the Charleston Area Alliance.

Read more.

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Wilson proclaims

Posted October 23, 2014

Wilson, North Carolina

Mayor C. Bruce Rose has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month. The city also presented the city council with the North Carolina APA Great Places in the Making Award along with the biannual comprehensive plan report showing how planning is implemented and making a difference in the city. Additional activities include a Walk to School Day, a city-wide service project with Barton College called Barton Day of Service, a neighborhood cleanup around the city center in the Old Wilson neighborhood and at the Freeman Roundhouse, and a team to do trail maintenance at the Educational Forest.

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Michigan Governor Proclaims

Posted October 23, 2014

Lansing, Michigan

Governor Rick Snyder has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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Northeast Florida Regional Council proclaims

Posted October 23, 2014

Jacksonville, Florida

President Kenny Eubanks of the Northeast Florida Regional Council has signed a proclamation proclaiming October as Community Planning Month.

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Norman proclaims

Posted October 23, 2014

Norman, Oklahoma

Mayor Cindy Rosenthal has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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Parkersburg proclaims

Posted October 23, 2014

Parkersburg, West Virginia

Mayor Robert D. Newell has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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Harpswell proclaims

Posted October 23, 2014

Harpswell, Maine

The Board of Selectmen have proclaimed October as Community Planning Month in Harpswell.

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Matthews proclaims

Posted October 23, 2014

Matthews, North Carolina

Mayor James P. Taylor has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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Governor of Arizona signs proclamation

Posted October 23, 2014

Phoenix, Arizona

Governor Janice K. Brewer has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month within the state of Arizona.

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Gallatin proclaims

Posted October 23, 2014

Gallatin, Tennessee

Mayor Jo Ann Graves has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month in Gallatin.

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Stillwater proclaims

Posted October 23, 2014

Stillwater, Oklahoma

Mayor John W. Bartley has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month in Stillwater.

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Shelby County proclaims

Posted October 16, 2014

Shelby County, Kentucky

Shelby County Judge Executive Rob Rothenburger has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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Tucson proclaims

Posted October 16, 2014

Tucson, Arizona

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month in the City of Tucson.

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Eagle Point Proclaims

Posted October 16, 2014

Eagle Point, Oregon

Mayor Robert Russell has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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Medford Proclaims

Posted October 16, 2014

Medford, Oregon

Mayor Gary H. Wheeler has proclaimed October as National Community Planning Month.

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Photos and Crosswords

Posted October 16, 2014

Amarillo, Texas

The city is asking residents to share their favorite photos of Amarillo in the Favorite Amarillo Places Photos. Photos can be shared via the city’s Facebook page or via Twitter using the hashtag @AMAFavoritePhotos.

The city also has a downloadable crossword puzzle designed to help citizens better understand planning terms.

Read more.

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Resident participation recognized

Posted October 16, 2014

Westfield, Indiana

Members of the city’s city council, advisory planning commission, redevelopment commission, board of zoning appeals and task forces were recognized for their contributions during a recent city council meeting. Mayor Andy Cook also proclaimed October as National Community Planning Month.

See pictures. 

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Library Activities

Posted October 16, 2014

Woodland, California

Kids ages 3 to 9 created dioramas of their favorite places in Woodland on October 8. Future activities include kids creating dioramas of how to better use a vacant lot in the town and to draw a picture of what they like most in Woodland.

Read more. 

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Back to school

Posted October 16, 2014

Bloomington, Illinois 

By a Friday afternoon, 60 sixth-graders had created eight new communities using construction paper, recycled boxes and other art supplies. Two were river communities, two were lakeside communities and two were communities rebuilt after being destroyed by a tornado. The students were assisted by planners from several communities.

Read more. 

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Student Post Contest

Posted October 16, 2014

San Angelo, Texas

The Planning and Development Services Department is hosting a student poster contest. The contest is open to students at three area middle schools and must depict how they imagine San Angelo will look in 10 years. The winning poster will be displayed at City Hall.

The department also is offering free trolley tours of downtown on Oct. 16 during the monthly Art Walk. Riders will see development that is revitalizing downtown.

Read more.

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Afternoon of volunteer service

Posted October 16, 2014

Albany, New York

Members of the Capital District Planners Association celebrated National Community Planning Month by volunteering in Albany’s Arbor Hill neighborhood. A dozen members and friends volunteered with Habitat for Humanity at its Sheridan Hollow Village project. Finishing touches were added to the first of two residential units being completed.

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Volunteers adding finishing touches to a Habitat for Humanity home.

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Missouri City proclaims

Posted October 16, 2014

Missouri City, Texas

Mayor Allen Owen has signed a proclamation declaring October as National Community Planning Month.

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Members of the Planning Division staff and the Planning and Zoning Commission.

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Nature hike and kids run/bike duathlon

Posted October 16, 2014

Avimor, Idaho

As part of National Community Planning Month, the Avimor community has partnered with the Ada County Development Services to host a nature/bird walk and a kids run/bike duathlon on Saturday, October 18.

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Valdosta celebrates with farm days, clean ups and walking to school

Posted October 15, 2014

Valdosta, Georgia

The City’s Planning and Zoning Division have a variety of activities and events planned throughout the month to celebrate National Community Planning Month.

Read more.

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Ogden proclaims

Posted October 09, 2014

Ogden, Utah

Mayor Michael P. Caldwell and the Ogden City Council signed a joint proclamation declaring October as Community Planning Month.

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Members of the Ogden City Council and city staff.

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Members of the Ogden City Council and the Planning Commissioners.

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Yakima County proclaims

Posted October 09, 2014

Yakima County, Washington

The Board of Yakima County Commissioners, Chairman Kevin Bouchey, and Commissioners J. Rand Elliott and Michael D. Leita signed a proclamation proclaiming October as Community Planning Month.

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Charleston County proclaims and heads back to school

Posted October 09, 2014

Charleston County, South Carolina

Council Chairman Teddie E. Pryor, Sr., signed a proclamation declaring October as Community Planning Month in the county.

County planning staff are also participating in a career fair at a local elementary school to help students explore a career in planning.

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Members of the Charleston County Council.

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Graham proclaims

Posted October 09, 2014

Graham, North Carolina

Mayor Jerry Peterman signed a proclamation declaring October as Community Planning Month in the City of Graham.

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Members of the City of Graham’s Planning Board and comprehensive plan steering committee were recognized during the proclamation signing.

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Las Cruces proclaims

Posted October 09, 2014

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Mayor Ken D. Miyagishima has signed a proclamation declaring October as Community Planning Month in the City of Las Cruces.

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Minnehaha County proclaims and engages

Posted October 09, 2014

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

County Commission Chair Cindy Heiberger signed a proclamation declaring October as Community Planning Month.

In addition to the proclamation, the Minnehaha County Planning Department is hosting a public workshop to continue to gather resident input for the development of the Envision 2035 Comprehensive Plan. Members of the community also are invited to share photos, art, drawings, videos and other media of a special place in the county that they enjoy or want to ensure is protected. Submissions will be accepted for two months.

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Florence proclaims

Posted October 09, 2014

Florence, Arizona

Mayor Tom J. Rankin has signed a proclamation declaring October as Community Planning Month in the Town of Florence.

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Building a box city

Posted October 09, 2014

Minnetonka, Minnesota

During the City of Minnetonka’s annual city-wide open house, the Community Development’s table offered an activity for kids ages 2 to 12 to create their own city using paper and boxes. It is estimated that approximately 100 kids participated in building the box city. Highlights include a library, complete with an attached librarian’s house next door, water tower, energy efficient building, a tree house and a hotel with a green roof.

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The entire kid-created box city.

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Library with attached librarian quarters.

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Energy efficient building with water tower.

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Hotel with a green roof.

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Largo proclaims

Posted October 09, 2014

Largo, Florida

Mayor Patricia S. Gerard has signed a proclamation declaring October as Community Planning Month in the City of Largo.

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City of North St. Paul proclaims

Posted October 09, 2014

City of North St. Paul, Minnesota

Mayor Michael R. Kuehn signed a proclamation on October 7 declaring October as Community Planning Month in the City of North St. Paul.

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Sahuarita proclaims

Posted October 09, 2014

Sahuarita, Arizona

Mayor Duane Blumberg signed a proclamation declaring October as Community Planning Month in the Town of Sahuarita.

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Lakeland proclaims

Posted October 09, 2014

Lakeland, Florida

Lakeland Mayor R. Howard Wiggs has signed a proclamation declaring October as Community Planning Month.

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Yuma County proclaims

Posted October 09, 2014

Yuma County, Arizona

Chairman of the Yuma County Board of Supervisors Gregory S. Ferguson has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month in Yuma County.

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Reno proclaims

Posted October 09, 2014

Reno, Nevada

Robert A. Cashell, Sr., Mayor of the City of Reno has signed a proclamation declaring October as Community Planning Month.

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Town of Queensbury proclaims

Posted October 09, 2014

Queensbury, New York

Queensbury Town Supervisor John Strough and council members Anthony Metivier, Brian Clements, Dough Irish and William Van Ness signed a proclamation declaring October as Community Planning Month in the Town of Queensbury.

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Palmdale proclaims

Posted October 06, 2014

Palmdale, California

Palmdale Mayor James C. Ledford, Jr., has proclaimed October as National Community Planning Month.

Read the proclamation

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Sanford Celebrates

Posted October 06, 2014

Sanford, Florida

The City of Sanford is ready to celebrate. Information about National Community Planning Month is available on the city’s homepage and the Planning Department is creating a display of maps, photographs and drawings that show how the community has evolved over time. The city also will be hosting a photo contest.

Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett also signed a proclamation, declaring October as Community Planning Month.

Read the proclamation

Sanford, Florida, Mayor Triplett presents Russ L. Gibson, AICP, with a signed proclamation declaring October as Community Planning Month

Mayor Jeff Triplett presents Russ L. Gibson, AICP, with a signed proclamation declaring October as Community Planning Month.

Members of the Planning and Development Services Department of Sanford, Florida

Members of Sanford’s Planning and Development Services Department with the proclamation.


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Commonwealth of Virginia Proclaims!

Posted October 06, 2014

Virginia

The Commonwealth of Virginia has proclaimed October as National Community Planning Month.

Read the proclamation

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APA New Jersey Celebrations

Posted October 06, 2014

The APA New Jersey Chapter is ready to celebrate National Community Planning Month. The chapter has planned community tours, professional development opportunities and networking events. And the chapter will announce its 2014 Great Places in New Jersey designees, including the People’s Choice Awards for Great Downtowns.

Some highlights include: a bus tour of the Inner Essex Rail Corridor; guided bicycle tour through Hoboken and Jersey City; and a City Planner Book Club Meet-Up.

Check out the chapter’s website for more information.

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Citizens Planning College

Posted October 06, 2014

Camden, South Carolina

A new 10-week program called Citizens Planning College starts October 2. Through the course, citizens can learn about the benefits of planning and how planning is accomplished within Camden.

Mayor Anthony Scully also proclaimed October as Community Planning Month!

Read the proclamation

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St. Cloud Proclaims!

Posted October 06, 2014

St. Cloud, Florida

St. Cloud Mayor Rebecca Borders has signed a proclamation declaring October as Community Planning Month.

Read the proclamation

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Built environment photo contest

Posted October 06, 2014

Boynton Beach, Florida

Boynton Beach’s Planning and Zoning Division is hosting a photography contest to celebrate National Community Planning Month. Photographers of all ages and skill-sets can submit three digital images that portray their unique perspective of the built environment. Winners will be recognized at a city council meeting.

Boynton Beach Planning Photo Contest postcard front

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Food Systems and Prosperity

Posted September 11, 2014

Tampa, Florida

The Tampa Bay Food System: Planning for Prosperity will showcase the role of planning in Tampa Bay’s food system. the event is organized as a partnership between the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension, the University of South Florida and the Florida Chapter of APA, SunCoast Section.

The program will highlight emerging research and new initiatives that are changing community food systems. It will showcase economic development, land development regulations and community engagement initiatives. Presentations will focus on food trucks, new extension initiatives, food policies and civic agriculture.

See event poster.

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