The APA Florida Project Awards program provides the chapter the opportunity to recognize outstanding planning projects in the State of Florida at its annual conference. The program provides APA Florida members with the chance to see and learn about development, conservation, government, or environmental projects, where planning has had a positive impact on the outcome. The Project Awards Committee looks for innovativeness and quality, and the potential for use in other areas.


2021 APA FLORIDA PROJECT AWARD WINNERS


AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

Category: Comprehensive Plan – Large Jurisdiction

One Water Chapter: Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan

The Hillsborough County One Water Chapter elevates the role of water in comprehensive plans in an innovative approach, process, and form. Rather than individual Elements, One Water recognizes the interrelated nature of water and takes a holistic approach to planning for potable water, wastewater, stormwater, and the natural environment. The Chapter contains implementable policy direction at the forefront of water resources planning – from green infrastructure to integrated water resources management. Developed jointly by planners and water resources technical experts, and extensive involvement and input from the public, One Water reflects that water is interrelated, and all water has value.

Category: Comprehensive Plan – Large Jurisdiction

StPete2050: A Vision Plan for St. Petersburg

StPete2050 was a citywide conversation about the future of St. Petersburg. The result of this planning process is a vision plan organized around key community themes that were identified during the robust community outreach and engagement process. The project captured more than 7,800 participant touch points and identified major consensus in community theme areas. StPete2050 will help inform future decisions, guide comprehensive plans, programs, and services throughout the city and in support of its sustainable, resilient, and equitable growth over the next 30 years.

Category: Best Practices

The City of Neptune Beach: A Model City for Collaborative, Inclusive Planning and Coastal Resiliency Through Vision Planning and Responsive, Innovative Policies

The City of Neptune Beach: A model city for collaborative, inclusive planning and coastal resiliency through vision planning and responsive, innovative policies. Through the collaboration with local Middle School Students, virtual and in-person participants and live poling, neighborhood level planning, virtual design charrettes, breakout sessions, open studios, virtual and in-person live polling, advanced intergovernmental coordination, and roundtables in addition to traditional public meetings and workshops have produced significant and responsive innovations within the field of planning and local government administration as a result of intentional inclusionary and community-building practices.


AWARDS OF MERIT

Category: Comprehensive Plan – Small Jurisdiction

NBV100 Master Plan

In 2019, North Bay Village (NBV), a dense island municipality on Miami-Dade County’s Biscayne Bay, embarked on a planning process to create a vision for the next 25 years, with an explicit concern for its vulnerability to climate change impacts, especially sea level rise (SLR). The NBV100 Plan includes a new Form-Based Code that will transform NBV into a walkable, mixed-use community adapted to SLR. Newly-adopted seawall standards are among the most ambitious in South Florida. The Island Walk public promenade will increase access to the waterfront. A new stormwater management plan is underway.

 

Category: Neighborhood Planning

Greater Bond Neighborhood First Plan

The Greater Bond Neighborhood First Plan is an innovative strategic neighborhood plan that was developed by the residents and stakeholders of the Greater Bond Neighborhood, Tallahassee, Florida, through a resident-led multistep planning process. The plan was developed under the auspices of the City of Tallahassee Neighborhood Public Safety Initiative (NPSI), and it addresses Land Use, Community Beautification, Economic Development and Resident Empowerment and Neighborhood Safety. Initial implementation funding for the plan, $6.4M, was provided by the Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency.

Category: Neighborhood Planning

Wynwood Norte Community Vision Plan

The Wynwood Norte Community Vision Plan stands as an outlier among districtwide developer-driven strategies that result in unfettered displacement. This initiative was a preemptive action authored by community leaders, planners, and stakeholders to curb out-of-scale gentrification. The project presents a novel approach to planning for community revitalization, developed with the support of community partnerships that are active from inception to implementation. The Wynwood Norte Community Vision Plan serves as the basis for carefully calibrated, context-specific legislation intended to keep residents in place, provide affordable, quality housing, provide small business opportunities, and enhance the neighborhood’s rich cultural history.

Category: Best Practices

Pinellas Gateway/Mid-County Area Master Plan

The Pinellas Gateway/Mid-County Area Master Plan provides a comprehensive vision, toolkit of smart investments, and a partnership structure to enable the Gateway/Mid-County area of Pinellas County to maintain its economic competitiveness and address issues of resiliency and sustainable growth connecting, revitalizing and in-filling communities. The planning area includes portions of Pinellas County and the Cities of St. Petersburg, Largo, and Pinellas Park. In addition to an innovative planning process, the four local governments and Forward Pinellas adopted a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that documents their commitment to implementing the plan and it establishes a collaborative reporting framework for implementation.

Category: Best Practices

Orange County Code Amendments for Pedestrian Safety/ADA

Making Florida’s communities livable and pedestrian-friendly requires planning and implementation for pedestrian safety and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance. Orange County’s Transportation Planning Division and Public Works Department successfully developed and implemented comprehensive Orange County Code/Land Development Code amendments to enhance pedestrian safety and meet ADA needs in site development, streets, and sidewalks in Orange County. This project integrated policies and recommendations from the County’s Comprehensive Plan, Sustainability Plan, Walk-Ride-Thrive! pedestrian safety program, and federally-required ADA Self-Evaluation/Transition Plan for public rights-of-way. After public outreach and coordination with stakeholders, Code amendments were adopted and effective in October 2020.

 

Category: Planning for All Ages

Road Safety Audits Around Older Adult Living Housing

The objective of this study is to evaluate traffic safety conditions and recommend improvements around older adult living facilities that have been identified as priority locations to minimize potential for future crash occurrences and severity by recommending improvements.

 

Category: Grassroots Initiative

Shenandoah Historic Properties Inventory

The Shenandoah Historic Properties Inventory is a project that creates, for the first time, a comprehensive inventory of historic architectural resources within the Shenandoah neighborhood in Miami, Florida. The story of Shenandoah is an American story of resilience, diversity, and inclusiveness that is more relevant today than ever. From the 1920s to 1950s, it was considered Miami's "premiere Jewish neighborhood;" by mid-century, it became Miami's quintessential Cuban neighborhood; and today it hosts diverse Hispanic immigrants. It is an example of how to build a timeless community that continues to thrive through evolving economic times and resident demographics.


STUDENT PROJECT

FAU Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Plan for the Northwest Planning Area in Deerfield Beach, Florida

Florida Atlantic University Master of Urban and Regional Planning students partnered with the City of Deerfield Beach to develop a small area plan for the northwestern portion of the city. Through a disciplined planning process, with extensive community outreach, students produced a detailed plan with recommendations grouped into four themes: Economic Development, Placemaking and Community Identity, Public Transportation and Connectivity, and Sustainability and Community Health. The plan provides the City a comprehensive framework to positively transform the study area into Deerfield Crossing, a new Town Center that bridges community divides and establishes a destination for the community to come together.