Awards Nominations

Other Categories

In 2017, the Chapter has a new approach to its annual awards program. There are additional award categories that recognize great planning efforts, professionals, planning advocates and some of Virginia’s best communities.

Red Clay Award: Elmwood Park

February 03, 2017

Elmwood Park is an exemplary urban space that illustrates excellence in planning, design, and
implementation of a great American Public Place. Originally the home and gardens of early
community businessman and leader, Peyton L. Terry, Elmwood Park has evolved over a
century into downtown Roanoke’s premier green space that includes the Main City Library
(constructed in 1952). Today, as the central downtown park for the City of Roanoke, Elmwood
Park provides significant urban green space, links downtown and the historic Farmers Market
to the library, and serves as a community destination and festival event space. The recent
improvements to Elmwood Park transformed this significant public facility and open space into
a dynamic and energizing 21st Century public space, while furthering downtown revitalization
and engaging the increasing residential population in the central business district.

Holzhiemer Award: GO Virginia

February 03, 2017

The Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity in Each Region (GO Virginia) was initiated by the Virginia Business Higher Education Council (VBHEC) and the Council on Virginia’s Future to foster private-sector growth and job creation through state incentives for regional collaboration by business, education, and government. Recognizing the harsh effect of deep federal budget cuts on a Virginia economy that is overly dependent on public-sector jobs, business leaders formed the GO Virginia campaign to work for regional cooperation on private-sector growth, job creation, and career readiness.

Planning Policy Award: Smart Scale

February 03, 2017

Virginia’s SMART SCALE (§33.2-214.1) is about picking the right transportation projects for funding and ensuring the best use of limited tax dollars. It is the method of scoring planned projects included in VTrans that are funded by HB 1887. Transportation projects are scored based on an objective, outcome-based process that is transparent to the public and allows decision-makers to be held accountable to taxpayers. Once projects are scored and prioritized, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) has the best information possible to select the right projects for funding.

Dogwood Award: Town of Lovettsville Planning Commission

February 03, 2017

Cultivating a passion for proactive planning has been a hallmark of Frank McDonough’s leadership in Lovettsville. With the leadership of their chair, and support of his fellow planning commissioners, the Lovettsville planning commission has:

  1. Increased engagement of town citizens in the design and development of the Lovettsville Comprehensive Plan.

  2. Targeted recruitment of Lovettsville citizens to serve on the town’s planning commission.

  3. Elevated the CIP as a critical and needed tool of plan implementation.

  4. Established on-site and immediate orientation of newly appointed planning commissioners.

  5. Fostered a closer work relationship with the Lovettsville Town Council.

  6. Championed the creation of a Coalition of Loudoun Towns (COLT), a group of planning commission chairpersons that explores the relationship of the County Comprehensive Plan to the area towns.

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