SOURCE: American Planning Association

March 31, 2015 09:50 ET

APA Announces 2015 National Planning Award Recipients

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - March 31, 2015) - The American Planning Association (APA) honors comprehensive planning efforts and inspiring individuals with its 2015 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.

Seventeen recipients were selected to receive APA's National Planning Excellence Awards and 12 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 Monday, April 20, 2015, in Seattle.

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2015 National Planning Excellence Recipients

Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan
Vibrant NEO 2040 -- Northeast Ohio

The HUD Secretary's Opportunity & Empowerment Award
Mueller Redevelopment -- Austin, Texas

National Planning Excellence Award for a Best Practice
First Last Mile Strategic Plan & Planning Guidelines -- Los Angeles, California

National Planning Excellence Award for Public Outreach
Making Planning Public: Newark Zoning Workshop -- Newark, New Jersey

National Planning Excellence Award for Implementation
Green City, Clean Waters: Philadelphia's 21st Century Green Stormwater Infrastructure Program -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

National Planning Excellence Award for a Communications Initiative
Boston Complete Streets Design Guidelines -- Boston, Massachusetts

National Planning Excellence Award for Transportation Planning
moveDC -- Washington, D.C.

National Planning Excellence Award for Environmental Planning
Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan -- Louisiana

National Planning Excellence Award for Economic Planning & Development
Phase 1 Glenwood Refinement Plan -- Springfield, Oregon

National Planning Excellence Award for Urban Design
The BIG U -- New York, New York

The Pierre L'Enfant International Planning Excellence Award
Tecnologico de Monterrey Urban Regeneration Plan -- Monterrey, Mexico

National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Advocate
Honorable Greg Cox -- San Diego, California

National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Agency
Maryland Department of Planning -- Baltimore, Maryland

National Planning Excellence Award for an Emerging Planning & Design Firm
Raimi + Associates -- California

National Planning Excellence Award for Advancing Diversity & Social Change (in Honor of Paul Davidoff)
State Representative Harold Mitchell, Jr. and the ReGenesis Project -- Spartanburg, South Carolina

National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Pioneer
Donald Shoup, FAICP, PhD -- Berkeley, California

2015 National Planning Achievement Recipients

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
Realizing the Potential of The Porch: A Case Study in Data-Driven Placemaking -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

National Planning Achievement Award for Economic Planning & Development
Maryland State Arts Council - Arts & Entertainment Districts Program -- Baltimore, Maryland

National Planning Achievement Award for Environmental Planning
Living Breakwaters -- New York, New York
Lake Tahoe Sustainability Action Plan -- California and Nevada

National Planning Achievement Award for Implementation
Branch Brook Park -- Newark, New Jersey

National Planning Achievement Award for a Grassroots Initiative
Opa-locka Community Development Corporation/Gold Coast Section Pop-Up Park Initiative -- Miami-Dade County, Florida

National Planning Achievement Award for Public Outreach
Pop-Up Outreach for the Southeastern San Diego and Encanto Neighborhoods Community Plans -- San Diego, California

National Planning Achievement Award for Transportation Planning
WalkBikeNC -- North Carolina

National Planning Achievement Award for Urban Design
Tongva Park & Ken Genser Square -- Santa Monica, California
Greening Lower Grand Avenue -- Phoenix, Arizona

The Pierre L'Enfant International Planning Achievement Award
Les Isles/ Domtar Lands Redevelopment -- Ottawa, Canada
West End Community Plan -- Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

For additional information about the Excellence and Achievement Award recipients visit: www.planning.org/awards/2015.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning -- physical, economic, and social -- so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, with almost 40,000 members worldwide in nearly 100 countries. For more information, visit www.planning.org.

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