The 2013 APA Ohio Planning Awards were announced on September 27, 2013 at the APA Ohio Planning Conference in Cleveland. Seven exemplary projects were honored in 7 categories. There were 29 high‐quality nominations. The New Jersey chapter of APA served as the awards jury, using published criteria. The awards jury said that it was evident from the award submissions that great planning is going on in Ohio.
Norm Krumholz’s planning career spans 50 years, starting with his first job as a Planning Teaching Assistant at Cornell University. Prior to that he received a Journalism degree (1952), which has contributed to his success in writing 5 books and 60 chapters or articles. Norm is a former Planning Director for the City of Cleveland and has been a Professor of Urban Affairs, Levin College at Cleveland State University since 1985. Norm’s work has impacted most planners in Ohio.Norm has served APA and has been recognized by APA. He was president of APA from 1986 to 1987;President of AICP from 1999 – 2001; is a Fellow of the AICP; and in 1990 APA awarded him the Distinguished Leadership Award. In 2007, he received the Cleveland Art Prize – the Lifetime Achievement Award for Design. Watch a video of Norm produced to commemorate this award here.
On November 21, 2012 Cincinnati City Council adopted Plan Cincinnati, the City’s first comprehensive plan in over 30 years. The guiding document was created by and for the leaders, citizens,and children of Cincinnati throughout 3 years of community conversations, meetings and events. The awards jury stated that the "comprehensive plan is truly comprehensive and does a remarkably good job of describing and planning for many details throughout the city."
The X‐Plan was an unprecedented planning and community outreach effort due to its comprehensiveness, strategic nature and level of community participation. The project has elevated the city’s profile within the region and provided new direction and tools the city staff, leaders and stakeholders. The jury recognized this plan by commenting: " The Xenia plan is genuinely the best small community plan I have ever read – from its nearly organic participation process through to implementation.”
This award recognizes several years of sustained community planning. The master plan for the City of Solon, adopted in October 2010, marked a significant point in Solon’s planning history. 1975 was the last time a comprehensive master plan was adopted. The plan serves as a tool for staff when meeting with developers, business owners, residents and elected officials and when reviewing new projects.
The plan utilizes a combination of strategic recommendations for development and conservation to avoid the negative effects of unchecked growth and sprawl. The primary goal of the plan is to respond to increasing development pressure in the Big Darby Creek which is a state and national scenic corridor. The jury commented "This was a truly creative plan that is practical and well written.”
Livingston Park is a 9 acre park located on the south side of downtown Columbus. The park serves nearby residents. The master plan was created to preserve the character and utility of Livingston Park as a neighborhood amenity. The awards jury stated that "This is a well‐built project, that incorporates strong planning principles.”
Pop Up Rockwell was a temporary transformation of Rockwell Avenue in downtown Cleveland, designed to test complete and green street improvements in real world conditions. Students were charged with the task of researching, designing, construction,installing and assessing a set of physical improvements within a 4 block corridor. The jury commented "what makes the Rockwell submission stand out is that it demonstrates innovation and transferability that is worth emulating by seasoned professionals.”