The City of Austin Planning and Zoning Department’s Urban Design Division is being recognized for extraordinary achievement in sustainable urban design by the American Planning Association’s (APA) Sustainable Communities Division.
The Urban Design Division was announced as a winner of the Award for Excellence in Sustainability for the South Central Waterfront Vision Framework Plan at the APA’s National Planning Conference in New York City on May 8.
Awards presented by the APA’s Sustainable Communities Division honor projects, plans, policies, individuals, and organizations whose work is dedicated to supporting and growing sustainable communities.
Austin is one of only five cities to receive an award one of the following categories:
Sustainability or Resiliency Plan or Project: evolveEA, Millvale EcoDistrict Pivot Plan (Millvale, PA)
Sustainable Urban Design Plan or Development Project: City of Austin Planning and Zoning Department Urban Design Division, South Central Waterfront Vision Framework Plan (Austin, TX)
Sustainable Transportation Project: HDR, Kansas City Downtown Streetcar (Kansas City, MO)
SustainablePark, Recreation, or Open Space Project: The Conservation Fund, Lindsay Street Park (Atlanta, GA)
Leadership in Sustainability: Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Division of Neighborhood Revitalization, Maryland Sustainable Communities Program (Baltimore, MD)
Adopted in June 2016, Austin’s South Central Waterfront Vision Framework Plan provides a roadmap to transform the South Central Waterfront by building an attractive pedestrian environment, expanding open spaces, enhancing connections to and along the waterfront, and building significant affordable housing. Learn more about the plan here: https://www.austintexas.gov/waterfront
About the American Planning Association (APA): APA is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA includes a professional institute for certified planners, 47 chapters, 21 divisions, and special memberships for students.
About the APA Sustainable Communities Division: The need for leadership on comprehensive approaches to sustainability planning is growing. The APA Sustainable Communities Division's goal is to help planners engage in and collaborate on innovative approaches to this important emerging issue. The Division was recognized for outstanding communication efforts with a Divisions Council Achievement Award for their email bulletin which is published bi-monthly. https://apascd.wordpress.com/category/bulletin/