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Merit Award - Community Engagement: Inspire Littleton

The results of planning processes strive to be representative of their communities. However, as planners know it is a challenge to first define and then achieve that representation. Having faced and lost that challenge several times, the City of Littleton’s planning staff was particularly focused on increasing the number and diversity of people involved in the process. Read more about Inspire Littleton.

Merit Award – Innovation/Creative Partnerships and Collaborations: Emerald Mountain Park Master Plan

The Emerald Mountain Park Master Plan is a site-specific development and management plan for the 586-acre Emerald Mountain Park (EMP). EMP is owned by the City of Steamboat Springs. The Master Plan ensures that new trails and recreational facilities preserve and protect wildlife and natural habitat areas, fill existing recreation gaps in the community, serve youth and families, and are complementary to recreational use of adjacent public lands.

Merit Award - General Planning Project: City of Aspen Affordable Housing Credit Program

The City of Aspen has launched an innovative affordable housing credit program that provides a new means for meeting the mitigation requirement of new development, while encouraging the private sector to voluntarily develop affordable housing not required for mitigation purposes. The success of this program is evidenced by the quality of planned housing projects that have resulted from this program, and the increased interest in using credits as mitigation.

Honor Award – Innovation/Creative Partnerships & Collaborations: The Bike Depot

The seeds of the Bike Depot project were planted in the mid-1990s when a group of residents created the Park Hill Bike Club. They wanted to provide neighborhood youth with alternatives to gang involvement and substance abuse while providing recreational, educational and employment opportunities for neighborhood youth in an atmosphere of friendship, mutual respect and diversity. Financial challenges led the Park Hill Bike Club to cease operations in 2001, but locals never gave up on the dream of a bicycling center in North Park Hill.

Honor Award – Community Engagement: Boulder Civic Area: The Year of Collaboration

5,000 people between the ages of 5 and 85 collectively helped shaped the plan for Boulder’s Civic Area – a central, iconic public space along Boulder Creek in the heart of downtown Boulder.

Merit Award – Sustainability and Environmental Planning: Decatur-Federal Station Area Plan

Capitalizing on the recently opened West Corridor public transit investment, the City of Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department and the Denver Housing Authority (DHA) joined together to take advantage of an unprecedented alliance of federal agencies to transform a neighborhood with the worst performance record in the city and create a more healthy, livable community at the Decatur-Federal light rail station in the Sun Valley neighborhood.

Merit Award - Innovation/Creative Partnerships & Collaborations: Denver Livability Partnership

In 2010, as part of the pilot year for the Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities, the City and County of Denver received a joint Housing and Urban Development Community Challenge Grant ($1.8 million) and Department of Transportation TIGER Grant ($1.2 Million) to expand permanent affordable housing, improve access to jobs and create better multi-modal connectivity along Denver’s transit corridors. This funding helped shape the Denver Livability Partnership, designed to emulate the Federal effort at the local level.

November 7 2014 Board Packet

Board Packet for November 7 2014

2013 APA Colorado Award Recipients

A short summary of the 2013 APA Colorado Chapter award receipients with links to articles with more detail.

Free resiliency webinar on October 29th

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