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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.

Sustainability and Environmental Planning – Merit: Bucking Horse Ranch

Bucking Horse is an infill, mixed-use neighborhood on 160 acres located in Fort Collins, Colorado. The goal of the project is to “buck” the system and demonstrate a financially successful, agriculture- oriented neighborhood centered on the values of community and quality of life. This new neighborhood will promote a triple bottom line of sustainability considering environmental, social and financial outcomes.

Small Budget – Merit: Sonoran Institute

Twenty years of working with communities to advance conservation and smart growth has taught us that success is not random. It relies on effective local leadership and community capacity. The Community Development Academy (CDA) training program helps local leaders develop the skills and knowledge to assess challenges and opportunities, weigh options, guide the community through challenging issues, and make sound decisions for the future.

APA Colorado Website Re-Design

We are pleased to be launching a revamped, up-to-date website which will function as the communication hub for the APA Colorado Chapter and its members! In the Fall of 2012, we asked you, our members, to provide feedback on how we can best meet your communication and information sharing needs to provide you the best member services we can! We have heard your responses and the new website will not only have the functionality to allow communication between the Chapter and you the members but also the ability for you to communicate with your colleagues and provide a forum where you can share ideas and collaborate quickly and easily.

Update From the Professional Development Committee

This year’s annual conference was among the many success stories in 2013 for APA Colorado and its members. I would like to thank the former Professional Development Officer, Abby Shannon, AICP for her hard work and dedication serving the APA Colorado members and leading the Professional Development Committee. She and the committee (among others) worked tirelessly to ensure that the Chapter’s educational events, including the annual conference, served the training needs for APA Colorado’s membership.

APA Community Planning Assistance Teams

The Community Planning Assistance Team (CPAT) initiative is an AICP component of a broader APA Community Assistance Program. Read the article to learn more.

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