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2013 APA-MA Award Winners

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BOSTON – January 10, 2013 – The American Planning Association-Massachusetts Chapter (APA-MA)  honored innovative planning efforts and individuals with its 2013 Annual Awards Program. Eleven award recipients were recognized during the 2013 APA-MA/ Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors (MAPD) Annual Awards and Holiday Luncheon  on December 13, 2013 at the Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge. The recipients will also be featured in an upcoming issue of chapter e-newsletter Massachusetts Planning.

APA-MA’s awards program, the state’s highest honor for planning professionals, is a proud tradition established years ago to recognize outstanding comprehensive plans, planning programs and initiatives, public education efforts, and individuals for their leadership on planning issues. These efforts help create communities and neighborhoods of lasting value throughout Massachusetts. The APA-MA Board of Directors is proud and excited to announce this year’s winners. This years winners include the following projects and team members, as well as distinguished individual award winners:

The Comprehensive Planning Award, which honors a plan, program or process of unusually high merit, is awarded to three projects:

Pioneer Valley Regional Housing Plan designated as Comprehensive Planning Award within the regional category:

  • Jayne Bernhard-Armington AICP, Senior Planner, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (primary author)
  • Douglas Albertson, Town Planner, Belchertown

  • Stuart Beckley, Town Manager, Ware
  • Meris Bergquist, Executive Director, Massachusetts Fair Housing Center
  • Brad Campbell, Executive Director, Home Builders & Remodelers Assoc. of Western MA
  • Marilyn Contreas, Senior Program and Policy Analyst, Mass DHCD
  • Michele Crochetiere, (former) Director of Supportive Housing, YWCA Western Mass
  • Carl Dietz, Director of Community Development, Chicopee
  • Christopher Dunphy, Principal Planner/Manager of Community Development, PVPC
  • John Fisher, Fair Housing Programs, HAPHousing
  • Constance Kruger AICP, Board Member, Amherst Housing Authority
  • Paul Lischetti, Housing Director, Hilltown Community Development Corporation
  • Matthew Mainville, Executive Director, Holyoke Housing Authority
  • William Malloy, Legal Counsel, Concerned Citizens for Springfield
  • James Mazik AICP, Deputy Director & Manager of Community Development, PVPC
  • Geraldine McCafferty, Housing Director, Springfield
  • Karen Mendrala, (former) Senior Planner, Holyoke
  • David Modzelewski, Homeless Housing Coordinator, Mental Health Association, Inc.
  • Josiah Neiderbach AICP, Land Use and Environmental Planner, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
  • Sarah Page, Associate Executive Director, HAP Housing
  • Catherine Ratté, Principal Planner, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
  • William Reyelt, Principal Planner, Smart Growth Programs, Mass DHCD
  • Amaad Rivera, (former) Director of Housing Policy, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
  • Charles Rucks, Executive Director, Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services Inc.
  • Lynne Wallace, Chair, Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness and (former) Vice-President of Dietz & Company

Sustainable Franklin County designated as Comprehensive Planning Award within the regional category:

  • Franklin Regional Council of Governments
  • Franklin County Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority

  • Franklin County Community Development Corporation

  • Community Action

  • North Quabbin Community Coalition

  • Town of Deerfield

  • Town of Greenfield

  • Town of Montague

  • Town of Orange

Great Barrington Master Plan designated as Comprehensive Planning Award within the municipal category:

  • Christopher Rembold AICP, Town Planner, Town of Great Barrington
  • Michele Gilligan and Michael Wise, Master Plan Committee Co-Chairs
  • Planning Board and Board of Selectmen
  • All other Town Boards, Commissions, and Committees

The Planning Project Award, which honors a specific project, bylaw, ordinance, or document of unusually high merit, is awarded to three projects:

Lower Broadway District Master Plan project in Everett.

  • Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr., City of Everett
  • James Errickson, Executive Director, Department of Planning and Development

  • Marzie Galazka, Deputy Director, Department of Planning and Development

  • Everett Common Council

  • Everett Board of Aldermen

  • Fred Merrill AICP,Principal-in-Charge, Sasaki Associates

  • Alexandra Toteva, Project Manager/Planner, Sasaki Associates
  • Hernan Schlosman, Senior Designer, Sasaki Associates

  • Victor Eskinazi, Project Designer, Sasaki Associates

  • Drew Leff, Principal, GLC Development Resources LLC

  • Joan Blaustein, Land Resources Planner, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)

Downtown Turner Falls Livability Plan project in Turner Falls.

  • Peter Flinker AICP, Principal, Dodson & Flinker Landscape Architecture and Planning
  • Ted Brovitz, Manager, Community Planning and Design Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates, Inc.

  • Dietz & Company Architects

  • Walter Ramsey AICP, Town Planner and Conservation Agent

  • Town of Montague

Dedham Business Guide project in Dedham.

  • Karen O’Connell, Esq., Director of Economic Development, Town of Dedham
  • Kenneth Cimeno, Building Commissioner, Town of Dedham

  • Richard McCarthy, Jr., Planning Director, Town of Dedham

  • Jerald Kohrs, AIGA, Graphic Designer, The Cecil Group

  • Kenneth Buckland AICP, Principal, The Cecil Group

The Social Advocacy and Public Engagement Award which honors a program, project, group or individual indicating a high level of advocacy planning on behalf of those in need, is awarded to the following project:

Vision and Action Plan for the Point Neighborhood in Salem 

  • Lynn Duncan AICP, Director of Planning & Community Development, City of Salem
  • Mickey Northcutt, Chief Executive Officer, North Shore CDC

  • Kristin Anderson, Chief Program Officer, North Shore CDC

  • Lucy Corchado, President, Point Neighborhood Association

  • Jennifer Erickson, Regional Planner/Project Manager, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)

  • Emily Torres-Cullinane, Community Liaison, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)

The Student Project Award honors an individual or group of students for an outstanding project. This year’s award is bestowed on the following project:

Urban Farming in Boston project  led by planning students at Tufts University Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.

  • Denise Chin
  • Ian Jakus

  • Tida Infahsaeng

  • Valerie Oorthuys

This year’s Professional Planner Award, which recognizes contributions to the planning profession through distinguished practice, teaching or writing, was awarded to Lynn Duncan AICP, Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Salem.

This year’s Young Planner Award, which recognizes a junior or mid-level young practicing planner who has excelled in leadership, increased the impact of planning in public and private decision making, or enhanced the APA-MA Chapter will be awarded to Jayne Bernhard-Armington AICP, Senior Planner, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

The Charles E. Downe Memorial Award, which honors a planner who, in the spirit of the late Charles E. Downe, exemplifies public outreach, mentoring of young planners, demonstrated patience and the utmost integrity, will be awarded to Anna Breinich AICP.

The MAPD Chapter Award, which honors special contributions identified by the Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors (MAPD), will be award to the following:

  • Paul Halkiotis AICP, Town Planner, Town of Marshfield

  • Laura Harbottle AICP, Town Planner, Town of Scituate

  • Tom Broadrick AICP, Planning Director, Town of Duxbury

Thank you to the APA-MA Awards Committee for their efforts in reviewing numerous submissions. To learn about the Massachusetts chapter of the American Planning Association, please visit www.apa-ma.org.

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