Awards Nominations

Commonwealth Plan of the Year Award:

The Commonwealth Plan of the Year Award honors the best planning document of the year. A successful nominee will show that the effort included outstanding planning processes, vision, implementation strategies and innovative approaches. The planning document can be local, regional or a statewide effort.

Rossyln Sector Plan

February 03, 2017

Rosslyn is a high-density urban center in Arlington, just one Metrorail stop beyond the nation’s capital. First emerging as a major office district in the 1960s, today central Rosslyn has 10 million square feet of development, an auto-oriented street network, limited housing, and little activity on nights and weekends. As it starts to transform from an automobile-oriented to a people-oriented place, Rosslyn is poised to further evolve as a regional center of economic opportunity, but faces many challenges, including: aging office buildings forming an unimaginative skyline; few housing options, limited dining or entertainment options; narrow sidewalks, and small and disconnected public spaces. To address these and other issues, the 2015 Rosslyn Sector Plan reimagines this concentrated urban core in line with people-oriented planning strategies and design principles that emerged from an interdisciplinary, community-based planning approach.

Norfolk: Vision 2100

February 03, 2017

Flooding. Norfolk has dealt with the challenges presented by flooding for centuries. As the realities of sea level rise have become more real in recent years, those challenges have seemed to only loom larger. Following intensive conversations about those growing challenges in early 2015, Vision 2100 emerged. Vision 2100 suggests that Norfolk is not facing a dilemma at all. Instead, it is presented with an opportunity – an opportunity to re-imagine Norfolk for the 22nd Century. Vision 2100 recognizes that while some areas of the City are at risk, many others – due to elevation and existing flood control measures – are not. Further, it recognizes that many higher-ground areas are developed at less-than-ideal densities with less-than-ideal uses. It suggests a strategy for maintaining the at-risk areas, while suggesting a concurrent strategy for re-imagining – even intensifying – the higher ground. It identifies how and where shoreline protection strategies could be employed while at the same time identifying how and where the best elements of the City – the things that make Norfolk great – could be replicated on higher ground. Thus, while Vision 2100 serves as Norfolk’s comprehensive sea level rise strategy – the first in Virginia and one of only a handful in the nation – it is more than that…it is a vision that looks at the entire city, not just those areas at risk but also those that could bear the burden of intensification.

Charlottesville: Streets That Work Plan

February 03, 2017

Charlottesville’s City Council adopted the Streets That Work Plan as an amendment to the City’s Comprehensive Plan on September 6, 2016. The Streets That Work Plan is both a set of design guidelines and implementation plan that carries out the City’s Complete Streets resolution (adopted February 2014). The resolution calls for streets to be designed to best serve ALL users within the appropriate context, and create vibrant and sustainable public spaces along streets. The Plan establishes a vision for both “framework” and “non-framework” streets within the City and a method for prioritizing streetscape features within constrained rights of way. Street elements (e.g. bus stops, street trees, etc.) are prioritized and design standards (e.g. lane width, curb radius, public plaza area, etc.) are recommended for each street “typology”: Downtown, Industrial, Mixed-Use and Neighborhood streets. In addition to the street typologies, the plan establishes a prioritized list of intersection and corridor improvements to leverage existing Capital Improvements funds and secure outside funding sources for project implementation.

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