Last week the American Planning Association announced their annual Excellence Awards, which recognized work in 13 communities. The planning NEXT team is proud to have supported not one, but two of the exceptional efforts.
Plan Cincinnati: A Comprehensive Plan for the Future, Cincinnati, Ohio
Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan
Congratulations to the Cincinnati planning staff, our colleagues at McBrideDaleClarion and the other consultant team members.
Plan Cincinnati is the first plan for the city of Cincinnati in more than 30 years. The three year effort began in 2009 and planning NEXT staff helped facilitate the “process of discovery,” letting the process itself guide the plan’s direction.
“Jamie Greene’s involvement in Plan Cincinnati helped us take our planning process from predictable to award-winning. He was key in obtaining truly meaningful engagement from our steering committee and the general public alike.”
– Katherine Keough-Jurs, AICP, Senior City Planner
East Franklinton Creative Community District Plan, Columbus, Ohio
National Planning Excellence Award for Innovation in Economic Development & Planning
The planning process focused on specifically attracting and retaining young ‘creative class’ residents who cannot afford the city’s increasingly gentrified neighborhoods. The East Franklinton Creative Community District Plan calls for creating of an arts and innovation district on 200 acres of distressed, partly industrial land.