September 6, 2007 - The City of Knoxville
has received an "Outstanding Planning Award" from the
Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association for its South
Waterfront Vision Plan.
The award was presented Thursday at the 2007 Tennessee Annual Conference
of Planning, Landscape Architecture, Development, Urban Forestry
and Green Building in Memphis. This year's theme is "Building
TAPA, the Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Landscape
Architects, the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council, the Urban Land
Institute and the U.S. Green Building Council are sponsors of the
Nominations were accepted for the following categories: Outstanding
Planning Award for a Plan, Outstanding Planning Award for a Project/Program/Tool,
Outstanding Planning Award for Implementation, Outstanding Planning
Award for Student Project, Planner of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement
The city received its award in the first category.
Knoxville's Vision Plan entry was judged on criteria that included
originality and innovation, quality, comprehensiveness, effectiveness
and public participation among other standards.
The Outstanding Planning Award for a Plan is awarded for a document
that demonstrates innovative planning and at the same time is simple
to understand and can be easily adopted for use in other communities.
Comments about the plan by the award judges included:
"Comprehensive, innovative, and addresses sub-areas on their
"As a package, the vision plan and action plans are well-done"
"As a planner, when reading a plan you think about implementation
tools, policies, and partnerships. This plan addresses that head-on
and follows up with tools in a timely manner to keep momentum"
"Excellent analysis of all available resources with respect
to this historical area's vital importance"
Winning an Outstanding Planning Award means the South Waterfront
Vision Plan will be nominated for a national American Planning Association
Award, to be presented in Las Vegas in 2008.
"It's great for our city to be recognized by this award,"
said Mayor Bill Haslam. "The South Waterfront Vision Plan
is a quality project, and this recognition reflects the time and
effort devoted to it by people who care about their community.
We still have a lot of work in front of us because the true test
of a plan's worth is to make it reality."
Several agencies and consulting firms worked with the city in
developing the Vision Plan including the Knoxville-Knox County
Metropolitan Planning Commission; the Knoxville Regional Transportation
Planning Organization; Knoxville's Community Development Corporation
and the lead consulting firm, Hargreaves Associates.