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National Planning Awards 2014 Announced


This year's award winners inspire and encourage us to think differently. They have used their talents to protect pedestrians, to restore waterfront access, and much more. Join APA to honor the recipients of 18 Excellence Awards and 10 Achievement Awards in Atlanta during the 2014 National Planning Conference.

Energy Efficiency – Retrofits, Incentives, and Renewables Webinar

Free Webinar for Local Governments
Energy Efficiency – Retrofits, Incentives, and Renewables
February 20 2014
1:00 - 2:00 MST

Board Minutes 12-6-2013

December 6, 2013 Board Minutes
Items discussed include the 2014 Budget, 2016 Conference RFP and others.

Board Minutes 11-1-2013

November 1, 2013 Board Minutes
Items discussed include appointment of the Western Planner Representative and Professional Development Officer, web launch, legislative liaison contract and other items.

2014 Downtown Colorado Sustainability Partnership Application

  Downtown Colorado, Inc. Now Accepting Applications for Participation in

Outstanding Planning Project – Honor: Adams County Open Space, Parks and Trails Master Plan

Outstanding Planning Project – Honor: Adams County Open Space, Parks and Trails Master Plan
The plan for Adams County provides the vision that was lacking for the County to address tremendous changes that have occurred as a result of rapid urbanization over the past ten years. The Master Plan update provided the opportunity to be forward thinking about the parks, trails and recreation needs of residents for the next ten years, and propose a new role of open space to serve as a garden for a metropolis.

Award-Worthy Planning Increases the Value of Planning

Presiden'ts Message
Award-Worthy Planning Increases the Value of Planning
Susan Wood, APA Colorado President

Community Engagement – Honor: City of Lakewood Sustainable Neighborhood Program

The Sustainable Neighborhoods Program (SN) gives residents the opportunity to become active partners in making Lakewood a vibrant and sustainable community. Developed through the City’s Neighborhood Planning section as an implementation of Lakewood’s Comprehensive Plan, the program focuses on five goal areas: energy, air, water, land, and people. Within these goal areas, residents in participating neighborhoods select the initiatives and projects that they would like to implement, allowing each neighborhood to address the unique challenges and leverage the opportunities specific to their area of Lakewood

New Community & Economic Development Tool: Colorado Fresh Financing Fund

Grocery stores are a key component of healthy, thriving communities but are absent or at risk of closing in some Colorado communities. A new fund, the Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund (CO4F) was started to help expand and retain grocery stores in areas where fresh and healthy food is lacking – sometimes known as “food deserts.” By financing grocery stores and other forms of healthy food retail, the fund aims to improve healthy food access for all Coloradoans.

Outstanding Planning Project – Merit: El Paso County Parks Master Plan

The purpose of the project was to update the El Paso County Parks Master Plan, last updated in 2005. The Master Plan is an important document and element of the overarching County Master Plan that guides planning and development of parks, trails and open space. It is also used in the development application review process to ensure that developers contribute to an orderly system of recreation and open space facilities, and provide appropriate dedications of land, easements and fees.



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