Kyle Ezell’s “The Essence of Athens” Plan Wins 2015 APA Special Project Plan Award

Following the project’s recent success in winning an Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architecture (OCASLA) Merit Award, City and Regional Planning Associate Professor of Practice Kyle Ezell’s project The Essence of Athens: A Strategic Design Plan for Economic Enhancement and Community Competitiveness has won the 2015 Vernon Deines Award for an Outstanding Small Town Special Project Plan by the American Planning Association. Ezell will receive the award at the APA National Convention in Seattle this April.

From the APA award announcement:

“The Awards Committee was incredibly impressed with this plan, and feel it embodies the best of small town planning. The project was selected for an award due to its innovative approach to creating a uniquely Athens esthetic and design language. The plan is user-friendly and highlights efforts everyone in the community (not just the development community) can do to implement Athens-based design. The stakeholder engagement process was clearly targeted to ensure representation of all members of the community, while the document expresses the vision with interesting graphics and writing that personalizes the effort. We are excited to share this plan with other communities as an example of how to build on unique community assets and employ community-based design as an economic development tool. We congratulate you on your successful project!”

The award comes from the APA’s Small Town and Rural  (STAR) Planning Division, and recognizes outstanding individuals and projects for their contributions to planning excellence in small town and rural communities. Specifically, this Special Project Plan award recognizes an outstanding comprehensive plan or special project plan that addresses the development of a neighborhood, community, county or region.

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