APA Excellence Awards

Western New York APA Award 

Chautauqua 20/20 - Awarded "Outstand Planning Award for Comprehensive Planning."

The American Planning Association (APA) - Western New York Section - has awarded Chautauqua County's Comprehensive Plan: Chautauqua 20/20 the "2011 Outstanding Planning Award for Comprehensive Planning." This prestigious award was presented to County officials at WNY APA's 2011 Awards Banquet and Business Meeting held on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at Chef's Restaurant in Buffalo. Receiving the award on behalf of the county was Mark Geise, Deputy Director of Planning & Economic Development (CCPED), a major contributor to the plan's success. Also attending the recognition banquet were Bill Daly, Director of CCPED, Don McCord and Chris Kinn, Senior Planners for the CCPED, and Robert Kerns, Principal of Wallace Roberts & Todd (the primary consultant for the project).
 
Development of Chautauqua 20/20 extended over the course of more than 2 years, and consisted of broad community stakeholder input. It provides a prioritized list of recommended actions to be taken to realize a shared long-term vision for the county. Chautauqua 20/20 was unanimously adopted by the County Legislature on April 27, 2011.
 
 
 
Accepting the award on behalf of Chautauqua County, from left to right, are Robert Kerns, Principle, Wallace Roberts&Todd; Bill Daly, Director, Planning & Economic Development (CCPED); Mark Geise, Deputy Director, CCPED; Christine Kinn, Senior Planner, CCPED; and Don McCord, Senior Planner, CCPED.
 
Some of the highlights of the comprehensive planning effort include:
 
•          Utilization of a values-driven, asset-based planning approach;
•          12+ public meetings/hearings held in North & South County locations;
•          3 Surveys were conducted (1 phone poll, 2 web-based);
•          15 Stakeholder groups were formed and 45+ stakeholder meetings were held;
•           “Visualizing our Options” Design Guidebook was published by Randall Arendt for local municipal
            land-use decision makers;
•          194 action recommendations are outlined in the plan; and
•          Several thousand individuals participated in the process.
 
The American Planning Association (APA) is a professional organization representing the field of city and regional planning in the United States. The APA was formed in 1978 when two separate professional planning organizations, the American Institute of Planners and the American Society of Planning Officials, were merged into a single organization. The American Institute of Certified Planners is now the organization's professional branch.


Upstate New York APA Award

Chautauqua County's Comprehensive Plan Receives Another Award
 
The American Planning Association (APA) – Upstate New York Section - awarded Chautauqua County's Comprehensive Plan: Chautauqua 20/20 the "2011 Planning Excellence Award for Comprehensive Planning." This prestigious award was presented to Chautauqua County at APA's Annual Conference and Awards Banquet held in Utica from September 28th through the 30thChautauqua 20/20 also received the "Outstand Planning Award for Comprehensive Planning" from the APA Western New York Section at an awards ceremony held in Buffalo on June 22, 2011. Receiving the award on behalf of the county was Mark Geise, Deputy Director of Planning & Economic Development (CCPED), a key contributor to the plan's success. Other major contributors to development of the plan included Bill Daly, Director of CCPED; Don McCord and Chris Kinn, Senior Planners for the CCPED; and consulting firm Wallace Roberts & Todd (the primary consultant for the project).
 
The Upstate Chapter Awards Committee, in selecting Chautauqua 20/20 to receive the Planning Excellence Award for Comprehensive Planning, stated "the plan was top notch!  It was accessible, visually well put together and included guidelines that communities could use to incorporate regional values at the local level." In receiving this award, Chautauqua County competed against all other counties, municipalities and private sector submissions from throughout the state with the exclusion of New York City.
 
 
Mark Geise, Deputy Director of Chautauqua County Department of Planning & Economic Development, accepted the Upstate APA Award for Planning Excellence on behalf of Chautauqua County in Utica, NY on September 29, 2011.

 
Development of Chautauqua 20/20 extended over the course of more than 2 years, and consisted of broad input by community stakeholders. It provides a prioritized list of recommended actions to be taken to realize a shared long-term vision for the county. Chautauqua 20/20 was unanimously adopted by the County Legislature on April 27, 2011.
 
Some of the highlights of the comprehensive planning effort include:
 
•          Utilization of a values-driven, asset-based planning approach;
•          12+ public meetings/hearings held in North & South County                                                                                                          locations;
•          3 Surveys were conducted (1 phone poll, 2 web-based);
•          15 Stakeholder groups were formed and 45+ stakeholder meetings were held;
•           “Visualizing our Options” Design Guidebook was published by Randall Arendt for local municipal
             land-use decision makers;
•          194 action recommendations are outlined in the plan; and
•          Several thousand individuals participated in the process.
 
The American Planning Association (APA) is a professional organization representing the field of city and regional planning in the United States. The APA was formed in 1978 when two separate professional planning organizations, the American Institute of Planners and the American Society of Planning Officials, were merged into a single organization. The American Institute of Certified Planners is now the organization's professional branch.
 
Chautauqua 20/20 can be viewed in its entirety at: www.planningchautauqua.com.