Long Beach Receives Three Awards From The American Planning Association

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The City of Long Beach has received three awards by the American Planning Association (APA) California Chapter, including an Award of Excellence for the Alcohol Nuisance Abatement Ordinance (ANAO). APA California each year recognizes exceptional planning achievements and influential works by individuals, cities, agencies, non-profits, and businesses statewide.

“The City is honored to be recognized by the American Planning Association at the state level,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “These prestigious awards are a testament to the City’s innovative development principles, which emphasize safety and quality of life, and promote growth and livability for Long Beach.”

“This achievement distinguishes Long Beach among some of the most impressive planning efforts statewide,” said Amy Bodek, Director of Long Beach Development Services. “To be honored with an Award of Excellence for the ANAO reflects the City’s commitment to implementing programs that result in tangible neighborhood improvements for residents, businesses, patrons, and visitors. Even more, the ANAO serves as a strong model for other cities, and will have significant, long-lasting impacts on improving conditions in existing neighborhoods that might previously have been overlooked.”

To win an award at the state level is a significant accomplishment for any planning project; entries are submitted from all 14 chapters in California. The following Long Beach projects and initiatives have been recognized for creating better communities and places of lasting value through excellence in planning:

Alcohol Nuisance Abatement Ordinance (ANAO); Award of Excellence, Implementation, Large Jurisdiction. The ANAO was adopted in 2013 to address community concerns regarding public safety, nuisance activity, and poor site maintenance and appearance at liquor stores in the City. The second phase began in May 2015, and has resulted in tangible improvements to many liquor stores.

Cabrillo Gateway and Anchor Place, Villages at Cabrillo; Award of Merit, Opportunity and Empowerment. Century Villages at Cabrillo is a 27-acre campus development providing housing and assistance to the homeless and those at-risk of becoming homeless. In October 2015, the City celebrated the grand opening of Cabrillo Gateway, which includes 80 units reserved for special needs residents. In April 2016, the City, in partnership with The Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC), and Century Housing celebrated the groundbreaking of Anchor Place, a five-story, 120-unit supportive housing development for homeless families and veterans.

Terminal Island (TI) Freeway Transition Plan; Award of Merit, Urban Design. This plan addresses environmental concerns and reflects the community’s vision for a one-mile, City-owned segment of the TI Freeway between Willow Street and 20th Street. The TI Freeway is the first of its kind to be studied by a local jurisdiction for decommissioning in Southern California. Funding for this plan was provided by a Caltrans Environmental Justice Planning Grant.

Earlier this year, the City received six awards by the Los Angeles Section of the APA. This is the third year that Long Beach Development Services has been recognized by the APA. The Downtown Plan received an award for Comprehensive Plan, Large Jurisdiction; and an Award of Merit for the Comprehensive Planning Award, Large Jurisdiction, at the 2013 APA California Conference. The City’s Mobility Element received the Transportation Award of Excellence at the 2014 APA California Conference.

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. The California Chapter of the APA is one of 47 chapters nationwide, and has more than 5,000 members. For more information on APA California, go to http://apacalifornia.org/.

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