Washington, D.C. (WTXL) -- The Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department will receive the 2014 National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Agency from the American Planning Association. As a partnership between the City of Tallahassee and Leon County, Fla., the TLCPD has created dynamic planning programs that benefit the whole community and encourage coordination with and assistance to stakeholders.
The Planning Agency award honors the work of a public sector planning agency that has continually produced a program of exceptional work that has elevated awareness about planning.
"The Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department's vibrant and comprehensive approach to strategic redevelopment emphasizes citizen collaboration, thus encouraging planning awareness throughout the community," said Ann C. Bagley, FAICP, 2014 APA Awards Jury chair. "The department's enthusiasm for public engagement in the planning process has resulted in spaces that not only meet, but truly exceed residents' expectations."
In recent years, TLCPD has produced creative plans in specialized areas such as mobility, placemaking, and greenways. Their plans have converted areas struggling with redevelopment and functionality issues into aesthetically pleasing public spaces that engage residents and support local businesses.