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Have a Best Practice? Want to Share? The PA Chapter of APA wants to share your success stories with others. Send us your best practices – planning, zoning, development, open space, housing, economic development, trails, whatever it might be – and we’ll evaluate it for adding to our website.

Want to get involved but not sure how?  We need planners to help evaluate best practice submittals to see if they should be shared with everyone and put on our website. If interested, contact Brian O’Leary at boleary@chesco.org.

Uptown/West Oakland EcoInnovation District

posted on October 31st, 2018  |  Read more

2018 Award for a Plan Uptown/West Oakland EcoInnovation District City of Pittsburgh, Department of City Planning The EcoInnovation District is a groundbreaking solution to disinvestment in the long-overlooked area between downtown Pittsburgh and the “eds and meds” Oakland neighborhood.  The plan focuses on social equity, establishing a “Main Street”, reusing underutilized spaces, creating an open   

Alleghenies Ahead-Shared Strategies for a Stronger Region

posted on October 31st, 2018  |  Read more

2018 Award for a Plan Alleghenies Ahead-Shared Strategies for a Stronger Region Southern Alleghenies Regional Planning & Development Commission and the Counties of Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon & Somerset Alleghenies Ahead is an unprecedented multi-county comprehensive plan.  It involves six counties ranging in population from 15,000 to 135,000.  The counties realized they have common   

Community Greening Plan: A Green Stormwater Infrastructure Plan for Harrisburg

posted on November 14th, 2017  |  Read more

2017 Planning Excellence Award – Plan Other Than a Comprehensive Plan Community Greening Plan: A Green Stormwater Infrastructure Plan for Harrisburg Capital Region Water With the Community Greening Plan, Capital Region Water, the water infrastructure utility for the City of Harrisburg, committed to implementing green stormwater infrastructure throughout the city. Capital Region’s unique plan is   

Pittsburgh Vacant Lot Toolkit

posted on November 14th, 2017  |  Read more

2017 Planning Excellence Award – Best Practice Pittsburgh Vacant Lot Toolkit City of Pittsburgh, Department of City Planning The Vacant Lot Toolkit addresses the complex issue of the reuse of over 28,000 vacant lots in the City of Pittsburgh. The vacant lots compromise the city’s quality of life, property values, and the tax base. The   

Chester County’s Commercial Landscapes Series

posted on November 14th, 2017  |  Read more

2017 Planning Excellence Award – Best Practice Chester County’s Commercial Landscape Series Chester County Planning Commission Chester County’s Commercial Landscapes Series presents an innovative approach to repurposing older office parks, shopping centers, transit stations, and brownfield sites in the county. Many sites have become underutilized or vacant. Commercial Landscapes addresses changing market trends affecting the   

Comprehensive Plan for the Preservation, Infill, and Redevelopment of Lower Merion Township

posted on November 14th, 2017  |  Read more

2017 Daniel Burnham Award for Comprehensive Plan Comprehensive Plan for the Preservation, Infill, and Redevelopment of Lower Merion Township Lower Merion Township (Montgomery County) The 2016 Lower Merion Comprehensive Plan is the township’s fifth comprehensive plan and continues a long-standing commitment to innovative planning. The plan is both visionary and pragmatic. It is issues-based and   

Central Section Event: Stormwater Management

posted on May 25th, 2017  |  Read more

Central Section Event (May 18, 2017) Stormwater Management: Compliance, Coordination & Cost! This workshop provided an overview of many facets of managing stormwater to improve water quality. The following presentations have been approved to be on our website. The Pennsylvania Chapter is not responsible for the materials or opinions presented during the event. Stormwater Management: