Call Mayor Nutter the Man with the Plan. Thanks to the efforts of his administration, Philadelphia will receive the 2013 National Planning Excellence Award for a Best Practice from the American Planning Association for the city’s “innovative approach” to coordinate citizen education, planning, and zoning reform.
The award will be presented at APA’s National Planning Conference in Chicago on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.
About a dozen cities received similar awards, but the Planning Association said few had attempted so many changes at once, including:
Establishing a Citizens Planning Institute, which educates community leaders on planning and zoning.
Creating Philadelphia2035, the city’s first comprehensive plan adopted in more than 50 years.
Rewriting the city’s 50-year-old zoning code and revising multiple zoning maps.
“In any city, let alone one as large and politically complex as Philadelphia, undertaking either a comprehensive plan, zoning code rewrite, or citizen planner leadership program, would have been a major accomplishment,” said Dennis G. Puko, APA Pennsylvania Awards Committee chairman. “Philadelphia through 2011 to 2012 did all three, and integrated them to achieve the most positive outcomes.”
Heard in the Hall awards diplomacy points to Puko for calling Philly “politically complex.”
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