The 2015 APA Ohio Planning Awards were announced on September 25, 2015 at the APA Ohio Planning Conference in Toledo. Seven exemplary projects were honored in 7 categories. There were 23 high‐quality nominations. The Michigan Chapter of APA served as the awards jury, using published criteria including innovation, quality, implementation and transferability.
This year we recognize Greg Dale, a planner who has a distinguished career of professional service, has trained thousands of planning commissioners, and has been an active participant in APA Ohio. The awards jury commented that Greg has covered all facets of planning throughout his career, from infrastructure projects to planning ethics, from environmental planning to public engagement processes. Greg is a fellow of the FAICP.
The plan is the areas first comprehensive land use and development strategy. The judges recognized that:
This plan updated a 1987 outdated plan. The jury commented that the plan acknowledges planning failures of the past, and is ambitious, yet realistic, in proposing bad ideas for addressing substantive issues. The plan also has useful, transferable tools to communities across the county, such as the permeable land use map.
The award recognizes 20 years of working to revive an urban stream. The judges further commentated that the efforts include simplified handouts showing goals, process and focus areas. The jury stated they should be further recognized for innovative public involvement such as canal trips and birding outings to engage and educate residents.
The jury noted that this was the toughest category to decide upon, given that there were 4 or 5 excellent submissions. However, this plan rose above the rest and deserves the spotlight. The plan embraces strategic Athens-based design standards. The judges commented:
This project is part of the ODOT I-70/71 project which re-connects the King-Lincoln neighborhood to Downtown. The jury recognized the project respects past planning efforts and the transportation needs of all users, rights the historical wrongs of dividing neighborhoods by freeways, and uniquely combines walkability goals with art, culture, history and truly invites people to explore this vibrant, proud neighborhood.
The judges recognized the plan is well researched, well-written and makes excellent use of graphics. It contains excellent detailed case studies and in-depth analysis of past efforts which makes the document relevant even with leadership changes and the final document speaks volumes about the high level of education provided through the Knowlton School of Architecture.