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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

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.

Student Chapter Update

The APA Colorado 2013 Annual Conference drew over 40 students throughout Colorado to the scenic and beautiful City of Vail this past October. Among these students a variety of planning disciplines were present from Urban Planning to Environmental Design. Students took this opportunity to further explore the planning profession as a multi-disciplined profession while learning of various planning efforts occurring throughout Colorado so they may grow both professionally and personally as they continue with their educational goals.

Chapter Administrator Update

2013 is closed and we’re starting to look forward and plan for 2014. With the launch of our new website, we have the opportunity to better distribute information to our members and to promote our organization as a whole. I hope you’ve taken the time to visit the website since the launch in November and like what you see. Our goal is to make it the hub of all things APA Colorado.

2013 APA Colorado Presidents Award: Janet Bell

For 2013, Janet Bell is named as the recipient of The President’s Award for meritorious contributions to planning, including the recognition that good planning cannot be achieved without citizen involvement and stakeholder input; that to determine outcomes you first have to determine the component parts of an issue; and that planning is done with grace and integrity, which requires all planners to know their “bottom line.”

Legislative Committee Meeting

Legislative Committee Meeting
January 13, 2014
6:00 p.m. FasTracks Office

Board Agenda January 10 2014

APA Colorado Board Agenda
January 10, 2014
Pikes Peak United Way Office
Colorado Springs, CO

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