APA Awards Long Beach Mobility Element for Excellence

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The City’s Mobility Element has earned an Award of Excellence by the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA). The awards, which were presented last week, recognize exceptional planning achievements by individuals, cities, and businesses in the Los Angeles region.

“More than just improving mobility, the plan is about enhancing our quality of life and stimulating our economy as well,” said Mayor Bob Foster. “Strategically guiding our City’s transportation networks allows for more choices and convenience, reduced traffic congestion and more efficient commuting options.” 

The Long Beach City Council adopted the Mobility Element in October 2013, after more than six years of community outreach and preparation. The Mobility Element provides a 20-year guide for future decision making by establishing a vision with goals, strategies, and implementation measures that support and encourage all roadway users.

Replacing the 1991 Transportation Element, the Mobility Element takes a balanced approach to improving the way people, goods, and resources should move throughout the City. The Mobility Element addresses all modes of travel, including walking, bicycling, riding transit, driving; and discusses other topics such as land use, parking, and environmental impacts to create a stable mobility system of complete streets and corridors for Long Beach residents and workers, students, shoppers and visitors alike.

This is the second consecutive year that Long Beach Development Services has been recognized by the APA. The Downtown Plan received an award for the 2013 Comprehensive Plan, Large Jurisdiction; and an Award of Merit for the Comprehensive Planning Award – Large Jurisdiction at the 2013 State APA Conference. To win an award at the State level is a significant accomplishment for any plan; entries are submitted from all 14 chapters in California.

The APA is a professional organization representing the field of city and regional planning in the United States. The APA provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change, and serving as a networking channel for planners nationwide. Each year the organization keeps track of planning projects around the country and recognizes outstanding efforts through local award ceremonies.

For more information on the City’s Mobility Element or to view an electronic copy of the document, please visit http://www.lbds.info/mobility_element/

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