The 2014 Awards Review Jury was comprised of the following individuals (and section): Jesse Lange with Kansas City Public Schools (Kansas City),  Michael Zeek with City of Maryland Heights  (St. Louis),  Frank Miller with Missouri Department of Transportation (Ozark),  Jennifer Yackley with City of Rock Hill (St. Louis) Katherine Sharp with City of Liberty (Kansas City), Ashley Winchell with the City of Kansas City (Kansas City), Jason Jaggi with the City of St. Charles ( St. Louis) , Ronda Headland with Missouri Department of Conservation (Ozark),  Alex Rotenberry with the City of Jefferson City (Mid-Mo), Medora Kealy with East/West Gateway (St. Louis) and Tom Scannell with the City of Independence (Kansas City).   This team did an outstanding job of reviewing a very competitive field of excellent submittals.  They had their work cut out for them this year and their willingness to volunteer for this challenge is greatly appreciated!

A special THANK YOU goes to Kellie Johnston Dorsey with the City of Kansas City for her invaluable assistance with coordinating this year’s awards review process.  Kellie used her past experience with last year’s conference as well as her technological prowess (Dropbox!) and formidable meeting organization skills (Doodle!) to help put together our “World Cup” awards review brackets and teams.  I absolutely could not have done this without her!

Scott Hanson, AICP
2014 Awards Committee Chair

St. Charles Rock Road TOD Participatory Planning Process
Outstanding Outreach Award 
Beyond Housing

Beyond HousingIn 2012-2013, Beyond Housing led a multi-project planning process in the city of Pagedale, Missouri.  This process, named Pagedale Determined by residents, included a participatory-planning process for a transit-oriented development (TOD) at the Rock Road MetroLink Station.

The Missouri APA Awards Review Jury had high praise for the St. Charles Rock Road TOD Participatory Planning Process, which integrated several avenues for communication into what was described as “an amazing participatory process.”  The public involvement was a two-way conversation:  the community learned about TOD, and the TOD was changed to reflect community preferences.  The review team also commended the project for its engaging persons in the planning process who are usually ignored.  Residents themselves did outreach through street teams and it became clear that the community was invested in a unique and exemplary way.  Overall, the result was an outreach effort that was able to achieve community buy-in, with a resulting plan which was both very realistic and achievable.

City of St. Louis Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative
Outstanding Program, Project, and Community Initiative Award 
City of St. Louis

St. LouisIn January 2013, the City of St. Louis Planning Commission formally adopted the City’s Sustainability Plan.  With 260 pages of specific goals, objectives and strategies, there was considerable risk that the comprehensive nature of the Sustainability Plan would prove to be challenging -- even overwhelming –to implement.  Planners and policy makers determined it was necessary to set priorities and measurable targets to achieve strategic implementation of the Sustainability Plan, while simultaneously fostering neighborhood-scale implementation. To encourage broader implementation of the Sustainability Plan, the City’s Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative was launched.  Among its many goals: “Create a sustainability resource toolkit for neighborhoods.” The City’s Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative has resulted in outcomes which directly support the Sustainability Plan.  Through it, neighborhood groups are inspired and empowered to make sustainable changes in theircommunity by providing them with the tools and resources for neighborhood-scale implementation of the City of St. Louis Sustainability Plan.

The Missouri APA Awards Review Jury was impressed with how The City of St. Louis Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative made “sustainability” relevant to neighborhoods.  With concrete ideas and opportunities that community leaders can pick and choose from based on what works best for their neighborhood, this Initiative answers the “what now” question for that critical period that occurs after a plan is adopted.

NextRail KC
Outstanding Plan Award
City of Kansas City

Kansas CityKansas City, Missouri is currently building a 2-mile streetcar starter route, which will be the first instance of rail-based public transportation in Kansas City since 1957. Kansas City’s Downtown Streetcar line is anticipated to begin operation in 2015. But before the first tracks were installed, the City ofKansas City, Missouri initiated a planning study to expand the starter route to the adjacent neighborhoods. The planning study, named NextRail KC,merged traditional transportation alternative analysis methods with a community-led conversation about the future of neighborhoods with a streetcar.  Kansas City officials have long observed the transformative impact of rail and other fixed-guideway transit on its peer cities, from property value and new development benefits, to the environmental and health benefits of more walking and transit use, to mobility benefits. This study used these and other goals to first prioritize which three corridors from the original eight would become a part of the expanded streetcar system, and then used these same values to optimize the system. Finally, the studypresented a path forward to implement the streetcar expansion plan with steps to maximize the investment of the streetcar system.

TheMissouri APA Awards Review Jury accolades for this Plan included the observation that the NextRail Plan includesa comprehensive analysis and outreach effort which was most impressive.  The overall plan, which was presented in an interesting and engaging fashion, was pulled together with a superb layout.  It was truly a modelPlan, and well deserving of the 2014 Outstanding Plan Award.

Columbia Imagined
Outstanding Plan Award - Honorable Mention
City of Columbia

ColumbiaImaginedDesigned to express the community's vision for how the City of Columbia should grow and develop, Columbia Imagined: The Plan for How We Live and Grow, was adopted by the City Council in October 2013 after nearly four years of work by the community, City staff, the Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC), the Comprehensive Plan Task Force, and University of Missouri consultants. The Plan will provide land use and policy guidance for residents, professional staff, and appointed and elected officials through the year 2030.

With 15 Outstanding Plan Award nominees submitted for this year’s review, theMissouri APA Awards Review Jury wanted to specifically acknowledge the Columbia Imagined Plan with an Honorable Mention.  With an in-depth upfront inventory, the Plan clearly identified how to achieve the area’s goals and objectives.  Regional maps were provided to show how growth impacts the area, and a template of how to attain livable and sustainable communities provided the foundation to achieving the Plans five principal goals.  Overall, this plan is an impressive guide for moving the community forward and is a fantastic public resource.

West End Neighborhood Sustainability Plan, Washington University
Outstanding Student Project Award 
Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University St. LouisThe Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association supports strong planning initiatives throughout the state, now and into the future.  As part of its effort to “plan for tomorrow,” the Chapter has a special award which goes to outstanding student projects which have taken place at any of the public and private colleges and universities state-wide.  This year, the Outstanding Student Project Award goes to the West End Neighborhood Sustainability Plan, sponsored by the Washington University in St. Louis Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts.  The West End Neighborhood Sustainability Plan is an outcome of a required seminar class for the Master of Urban Design candidates at Washington University.  The class was challenged to analyze the West End Neighborhood, envisioning its potential to foster a more sustainable community.The West End is a struggling neighborhood containing a mix of large, historic single family homes, historic multi-family homes, and newly-built single family homes. Foreclosures, vacancy, and crime are prevalent in the neighborhood.The Plan includes in-depth site investigations and an analysis of the West End Neighborhood.  The Plan’s goal was to examine nine elements of sustainability systems, to define and map out issues of existing conditions for each element, to reveal the on-going efforts in sustainability and to propose new policies, programs and design initiatives as improvement opportunities. Such comprehensive documentation on sustainability is unprecedented in the West End Neighborhood and the Awards Review Jury was duly impressed with the outcome.