The California Chapter American Planning Association Awards Program encourages quality in planning and increases the public’s awareness of the planning profession by recognizing outstanding achievement in the planning field. The program honors innovative plans and projects, distinguished APA members, lay contributors to planning and achievements of local CCAPA Sections.
Sacramento County received the 2009 Merit Award for Comprehensive Planning for a Large Jurisdiction: Land Use Master Plans for Easton Place and Glenborough at Easton
- Robert Sherry & Tricia Stevens, Sacramento County Planning Department; David Hatch, Gencorp Realty Investments; Allen Folks, AECOM
The Easton and Glenbourough project exemplifies several key planning objectives. First, it is a Transit Oriented Development at the Hazel Station that will support the public investment for light rail. Second, the project includes a significant dedication of pristine open space in the Alder Creek area. Third, the project is a desired reuse of a brownfield site - a former rocket testing facility. This project also exemplifies a highly collaborative planning process between Sacramento County and GenCorp in which the County didn't simply react to a development project, but was fully engaged in shaping the project. In fact, because of this collaboration, the final hearings on the project did not generate any public opposition (unheard of for a 5,000 unit master plan!). Thanks to the County Planning Department under the leadership of Robert Sherry, the planning team headed by Allen Folks of EDAW, and the vision and the leadership of GenCorp under the leadership of David Hatch.
The 2007 Awards Program has recognized two important projects for the County of Sacramento.
The American River Parkway Plan Update has been selected as the winner for the Focused Issues Planning Award. This award is given to a document of unusually high merit completed or published in the past three years dealing with a specific aspect of the planning process. Congratulations to the American River Parkway Plan Update Advisory Committee for their Process and Draft Plan. The Jury noted that the plan’s outreach and committee work were effective. The project is controversial and involves a myriad of agencies and stakeholder groups. The process was able to bring those groups together and arrive at consensus so that the resulting plan will be useful in addressing future concerns and interests in the American River Parkway.
The General Plan Update has been selected for Planning Implementation – Large Jurisdiction. To receive this award, a program must be in the process of being implemented or have been implemented within the past 3 years in a jurisdiction of 100,000 or more. The jury chose the public outreach program conducted by Sacramento County staff for their General Plan update process. The Sacramento County staff embraced the outreach process with great enthusiasm and were able to effectively introduce community members to concepts of the SACOG Blueprint. Community members that participated were engaged and excited about planning and have made it possible for Blueprint principles to be incorporated into the ongoing County General Plan Update.
Planning Project Award -- North Highlands Town Center Development Code
Nominees: County of Sacramento; Mogavero Notestine Associates (consultant)
This is a refreshingly practical code with diagrams and tables that are clear and easy to understand, which will facilitate implementation.