County master plan earns planners big awards

The 2018 Livingston County Master Plan won two prestigious awards for the Livingston County Planning Department.

The Michigan Association of Planning sponsors Planning Excellence Awards each year to honor outstanding planning projects throughout the State of Michigan. There are ten (10) Planning Excellence award categories, that parallel national American Planning Association (APA) award categories.

A jury of APA Michigan Chapter professionals review and select the award-winning projects. The 2018 Livingston County Master Plan received the following two awards:

• The Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan is for a comprehensive or general plan that advances the science and art of planning. The award honors America’s most famous planner, Daniel Burnham, for his contributions to the planning profession and to a greater awareness of the benefits of good planning. The nomination for this award focused on the following project criteria: originality and innovation; quality in presentation and methodology; stakeholder engagement; implementation and effectiveness; and promotion of planning.

• The Best Practice award is for a specific planning tool, practice, program, project, or process. This category emphasizes results and demonstrates how innovative and state-of-the-art planning methods and practices help to create communities of lasting value. The nomination for this award focused on the following project criteria: originality and innovation; implementation and transferability; stakeholder engagement; and effectiveness and results.

The jury of APA Michigan Chapter professionals included the following comment in their award recommendation for the 2018 Livingston County Master Plan: “Big undertaking for three staff people with lots of engagement and education.”

Livingston County Planning Department staff and Livingston County Planning Commissioners will attend the award presentation at the Planning Michigan conference in Kalamazoo in September.

You can read the Livingston County Master plan by clicking here.

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