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January Happy Hour – Now at RFD

14 Jan

We’ve heard from several of you that the Tuesday Happy Hour conflicts with the Greater Greater Washington 3rd anniversary party.  Dave Alpert has graciously invited us all to the party!  http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/8836/celebrate-3-years-of-greater-greater-washington-jan-25/

January’s happy hour will now take place at RFD, where we can mingle with other planners from DC, and those who are here from other locations for the TRB conference. RFD is located at 810 7th St NW near the the MCI Center.  It is accessible by the Red, Yellow and Green lines.

We will bring happy hour to Capitol Hill (I know many of you were excited!) for the February happy hour.

Thanks for your flexibility.

 

APA NCAC Awards Nominations Now Open

9 Sep

National Capital Area Chapter – APA Now Accepting Planning Award Nominations!

Nominations are due on Friday, September 17, 2010

The National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association is pleased to announce a call for entries for the 2010 Chapter Awards. This is your opportunity to nominate outstanding plans, initiatives, professionals, public leaders, and citizens that deserve to be recognized and honored for community planning achievements within the last two years.  Nominations are due on Friday, September 17, 2010.

Please download the nomination form here, where submission instructions and award criteria details are included. More information regarding the awards event, which will be held in October, will be forthcoming.
2010 Award Categories

Award for an Outstanding Regional or Comprehensive Plan

Award for an Outstanding Neighborhood or Small Area Plan

Award for an Outstanding Implemented Project, Program or Tool

Award for Distinction in Community Outreach and Engagement

Benjamin Banneker Award for Outstanding Social Commitment and Community Initiatives

Distinguished Leadership Award for a Citizen Planner

Distinguished Leadership Award for an Elected Official

Frederick Gutheim Award for Distinguished Leadership by a Professional Planner

Sherwin Greene Distinguished Leadership Award for a Student Planner

Media Award

Current Topic Award for Innovations in Transportation

Outstanding Contributions to the Chapter

Applicants and nominees are not required to be members of the National Capital Area Chapter.
2010 Award Category Descriptions

1. Award for an Outstanding Regional or Comprehensive Plan: For a plan developed for an entire community that advances the art and science of planning. Entries may include, but are not limited to, comprehensive plans, regional plans, community-wide issue plans such as housing, capital improvement, transportation, environmental, historic preservation, or economic development plans.

2. Award for an Outstanding Neighborhood or Small Area Plan: For a plan developed for a subarea of a community that advances the art and science of planning. Entries may include, but are not limited to: neighborhood or small area plans, master plans, reuse or redevelopment plans, corridor plans, or issue-based plans for a smaller geographic area.

3. Award for an Outstanding Implemented Project, Program or Tool: For a project, program or tool that significantly advances the practices of the planning profession. Entries may include, but are not limited to, regulations and codes, growth management or design guidelines, transferable development rights programs, land acquisition efforts, public/private partnerships, tax abatement initiatives, applications of technology, or handbooks.

4. Award for Distinction in Community Outreach and Engagement: Recognizes an individual, organization, plan, or program that showcases innovation or extraordinary effort in encouraging inclusive public participation in planning efforts.

5. Benjamin Banneker Award for Outstanding Social Commitment and Community Initiatives: This award honors a group, individual, or initiative that has developed initiatives and/or demonstrated a sustained commitment to reach beyond and expand the traditional scope of planning, particularly to advance social objectives. This could include efforts such as community policing or drug prevention, neighborhood outreach initiatives, programs designed for diverse populations, public art or cultural efforts, community festivals, environmental conservation initiatives, summer recreational initiatives for children, or community food production.

6. Distinguished Leadership Award for a Citizen Planner: Recognizes an individual that has advanced or promoted planning in the region. Those nominated may include members of planning commissions, boards of zoning appeals, economic development boards, environmental or historic preservation councils, or other appointed officials. It also could include vital but more nontraditional roles, such as citizen activists or neighborhood leaders. Eligibility: Candidates cannot be self-nominated and cannot earn their living as planners or hold elected office.

7. Distinguished Leadership Award for an Elected Official: For a significant contribution to
planning by an individual elected to public office. Eligibility: Candidates cannot be self nominated.

8. Frederick Gutheim Award for Distinguished Leadership by a Professional Planner: Recognizes an individual who has contributed significantly through distinguished practice, teaching, or writing, leading to a greater awareness of the value of planning, and improving the quality of life. Eligibility: Candidates cannot be self nominated and must be employed within the practice of planning, whether in the public, for-profit, or nonprofit sector.

9. Sherwin Greene Distinguished Leadership Award for a Student Planner: Recognizes a student for outstanding achievement during the nominee’s academic career in planning. Eligibility: Candidates cannot be self-nominated and must be a current student pursuing graduate studies leading to a planning career at a university in the National Capital Area.
No application fee.

10. Media Award: Honors newspapers, magazines, television, social media and other media for outstanding coverage of city and regional planning topics in the Greater Washington area that informs and engages the public and raises awareness of planning issues.
Eligibility: Candidates cannot be self-nominated.

11. Current Topic Award for Innovations in Transportation: For a plan, project, program or tool that that aligns with one or more of the pillars set forth in APA’s recently adopted Policy Guide on Surface Transportation (April 2010) and demonstrates innovation in enhancing multi-modal access and mobility, and is integrated with and supports broad planning goals in areas such as economic and community development, housing, land use, and/or environmental quality. Entries may include but are not limited to: metro-rail related plans and improvements, complete streets initiatives, transit oriented development projects, bicyclist infrastructure plans, and streetscape enhancements.

12. Outstanding Contribution to the Chapter: Recognizes an individual who has contributed to the goals and objectives of the American Planning Association – National Capital Area Chapter thorough extraordinary effort and initiative. The Chapter Board provides nominations for this award, but welcomes nominations from others.
No application fee.

Eligibility:

In general, the work of individual nominees, as well as nominated projects or programs, should be located in or have significant impact on the National Capital Area, which includes Washington, DC and Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, Maryland. Recognizing our regional context, applications for nominations in the Washington metropolitan area will be accepted, and should include a short description identifying how the individual’s work or the nominated project or program impacts the National Capital Area.

Please note that NCAC/APA membership is not required to provide a nomination, or for award nominees. However, we appreciate knowing if nominees are NCAC/APA members, or if NCAC/APA members have played a role in nominated plans, or projects.
Please read the specific Category Descriptions for additional detail.

NCAC-APA Executive Board

www.ncac-apa.org

YIPPS Housing Link

1 Sep

There is now a YIPPS housing link page.  If you have housing available or are looking for housing, please use the “edit page” button to type in your request.  There are two sections: “Looking for housing” and “housing available”.  Why should you participate?  ‘Cause planners make great roomies.  Who else would stay up till 2 AM talking to you about Jane Jacobs or the finer points of the city beautiful movement?

Click here – or copy & paste it into your browser’s address bar if that doesn’t work.