June 28, 2011

Planning Assistance Team Leader to Visit Crestdale

MATTHEWS, NC — The team leader for an upcoming planning project will visit the Crestdale Community in Matthews, North Carolina, and present the project's goals at that evening's Town Council meeting.

As part of a national community planning assistance effort by the American Planning Association, Crestdale will undergo an intensive planning study by a team of national planning experts. Jason Beske, AICP, a senior planner for Overland Park, Kansas, is the leader of the Crestdale project's team, which consists of four other pro-bono planning experts from around the country.

Beske will visit Monday, followed by the full team of experts who will visit during the week beginning July 18 to engage Crestdale residents and interview local experts to help establish a new vision for the historic neighborhood.

The American Planning Association received applications from communities for planning assistance across the country through its Community Planning Assistance Team (CPAT) initiative and selected the Crestdale neighborhood in April. For more information about the Crestdale project and the visiting team members, visit www.planning.org/communityassistance/teams/matthews/.

Sponsored by the American Planning Association's professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, the Community Planning Assistance Team brings together a team of pro-bono planning experts to help a community establish a vision or framework for a sustainable and healthy community and address challenges such as social equity, affordability, accessibility, and sustainability.


Ryan Scherzinger, Outreach Associate; 202-349-1008; rscherzinger@planning.org