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City of Phoenix Planning and Development Department receives top awards from American Planning Association, Arizona ChapterCity of Phoenix Planning and Development Department receives top awards from American Planning Association, Arizona Chapter<div class="ExternalClass70B708DF94CA4CCAB39B65AAA3A2A14B"><p>​PHOENIX – During the American Planning Association (APA), Arizona Chapter Awards Luncheon in Flagstaff on Thursday, the city of Phoenix Planning and Development Department received two awards for its Walkable Urban Code and 2015 General Plan (PlanPHX).</p><div>“We are honored to receive these awards from the American Planning Association, Arizona Chapter,” said Alan Stephenson, director of Planning and Development at the city of Phoenix. “Both the Walkable Urban Code and the City of Phoenix General Plan represent years of hard work from our staff in an effort to engage residents, business and property owners to improve our community and continue to build Phoenix as a vibrant, connected city.”</div><div><br></div><div>PlanPHX received the award for Regional or General or Comprehensive Plan and represented a strong citizen-led plan drafting process and public outreach campaign assisted by staff and elected officials. The plan establishes five core values for the future of Phoenix, provides measures for success for all goal areas and outlines an implementation schedule that is already underway. It was approved in August 2015 with more than 76 percent of voters in support. </div><div><br></div><div>The Walkable Urban Code has been honored under the Ordinance/Regulation/ Legislation/Adopted Policy category. The code was developed as a roadmap to guide future development along the light rail line to foster walkable and transit-oriented development that facilitates multi-modal transportation options. It was approved by Phoenix City Council in August 2015.</div><div><br></div><div>All APA award nominations were judged based on their originality and innovation, quality, comprehensiveness, public participation and effectiveness, among other criteria. </div><div><br></div><div>The Planning and Development Department guides the physical development of the city by preserving historic sites, planning what can be built where and ensuring safe construction of buildings and infrastructure. A host of advisory and governing bodies of residents as well as elected officials provide oversight as the city grows and needs arise. The process is governed through development and enforcement of city codes and ordinances. Learn more at phoenix.gov/pdd or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/phoenixplananddev or on Twitter @BuildingPHX.</div><div><br></div><div>The Arizona Planning Association is an official chapter of the American Planning Association. The American Planning Association, Arizona Chapter is a 1,000-plus member organization of professional planners and planning officials who serve Arizona’s communities in many ways, at all levels of government, the private sector and not-for-profit organizations.</div><div>-30-</div><div><br></div></div>10/27/2016 9:00:00 PMMichelle Thompson602.495.5622