Sustainable development plan for Northeast Ohio takes top honors in 2015 National Planning Awards

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Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium

A plan to steer northeast Ohio toward sustainable growth won a top planning award this week, joining schemes and firms from Austin to Los Angeles on a list of the year’s best urban planning work.

The American Planning Association on Tuesday awarded its 2015 National Planning Awards, naming 17 firms, plans, and individuals worthy of an “excellence award,” and another 12 to their list of “achievement” award winners.

View the full list on this page below, or on the APA’s website.

The Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium took home the top prize for Vibrant NEO 2040—a plan to “do things differently” in the region, which has exemplified the planning perils of deindustrialization, depopulation and the cascading after-effects of those broader trends on a local level. Vibrant NEO is the first regional plan ever implemented in northeast Ohio, which comprises five planning groups across Cleveland, Akron, Canton, and Youngstown.

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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

  • Tecnológico 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 – Los Angeles, California

National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Firm

  • Perkins+Will — San Francisco, 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

  • West End Community Plan – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Les Isles/ Domtar Lands Redevelopment – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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