2016 APA Virginia Awards - Celebrating Great Planning

January 27, 2017

At the 2016 Awards Ceremony at Wintergreen, the Chapter honored five great plans that are helping to make Virginia a Great Place to Live, Work, and Play! These plans represent some of the best work being done in the Commonwealth by some of the brightest minds in the business. Whether redefining urban space or reclaiming natural heritage, Virginia Planners in the public and private sectors are on the cutting edge of Making Great Places Happen!


2016 Outstanding Plan Award

The APA Virginia Chapter awards jury has selected the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan to receive the 2016 Outstanding Plan Award.  The Plan guides the development of the 620-acre site over the next 25 years. This Plan also won the best “Sustainable Urban Design or Preservation Plan or Project” award from the American Planning Association. 


2016 Outstanding Private Sector Award

The APA Virginia Chapter awards jury has selected the Loudoun County Scenario Planning Study to receive the 2016 Outstanding Private Sector Award. The Loudoun County Land Use Scenario Planning Study considers “alternative futures for a subset of the Dulles Metrorail Service Districts, and measure the impacts of those decisions to evaluate the trade-offs associated with competing scenarios.” The consultants produced a Summary Workbook as well as a Technical Appendix to address multiple scenarios for development of the Silver Line extension through Loudoun County. This Silver Line Scenario Planning Study is a project of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors that is being managed by the Loudoun County Department of Planning and Zoning. The study is being conducted by a multi-disciplinary consultant team led by Stantec Consulting. Other project team members include Rhodeside & Harwell, TischlerBise, W-ZHA, and Placeways.


2016 Outstanding Plan by a Nonprofit Organization Award

The APA Virginia Chapter awards jury has selected the Blue Ridge Heritage Education Center Master Plan to receive the 2016 Outstanding Plan by a Nonprofit Organization Award.  The Blue Ridge Heritage Education Center will serve as a “Gateway to the vibrant cultural landscape of Virginia’s Floyd and Patrick Counties.” The Master Plan (long version, short version) provides “a roadmap and compass to phase-in, build, and open the Blue Ridge Heritage Education Center for business by 2020.” Blue Ridge Heritage, Inc. is a volunteer board that promotes education and economic development through place-based programs related to the natural and cultural heritage of the Blue Ridge in Southwestern Virginia’s Bi-County area of Floyd and Patrick Counties.


2016 Public Outreach and Engagement Award

The APA Virginia Chapter awards jury has selected the Arlington Community Facilities Study to receive the 2016 Public Outreach and Engagement Award. This study represents a joint effort by Arlington County and Arlington Public Schools to examine the necessary strategies to meet the community facility needs of Arlington County.  A 23-member citizen committee, supported by a 250-member Resident Forum, worked with County and Public Schools staff to evaluate Arlington's changing facility and resource needs.


Honorable Mention

The APA Virginia Chapter awards jury has selected the Courthouse Sector Plan Addendum: Courthouse Square to receive an Honorable Mention Award in both the Public Outreach and Engagement and Outstanding Plan categories. “This addendum serves as a guide for the development of Courthouse Square over the next 25 years. As such, it provides prioritized recommendations and will guide future public investment and private contributions in this area related to streets, open space, buildings, cultural resources and sustainability.”


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