Awards and Recognition for Envision Alachua

American Planning Association, Florida Chapter: 2013 Award of Excellence for Best Practices

The Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) honored Envision Alachua with its 2013 Award of Excellence in the Best Practices category. The Best Practices Award is intended to honor a specific planning tool, practice, program, project, or process that is a significant advancement to specific elements of planning.

"The awards committee selected the Envision Alachua project for its very public and transparent visioning process," wrote APA Florida President Brian Teeple, AICP, in a letter nominating the process for an APA National Award. "The committee specifically noted the commitment that Weyerhaeuser has made to the all-inclusive nature of the process, engaging residents from all over Alachua County, including those whose voices are typically not heard in the planning process," he added. The Florida APA recommended other landowners look to Envision Alachua as an example of how to include the community in master planning.