Montague, county planners honored
The Massachusetts chapter of the American Planning Association honored Montague and Franklin County planners for outstanding planning projects and leadership.
The Downtown Turners Falls Livability Plan was one of three plans or projects to garner the Planning Project Award, one of several categories in which the chapter honored the efforts of its members.
The award honors a plan, program or process of unusually high merit, according to the chapter’s website.
The association named the town’s consultants, Peter Flinker of Dodson & Flinker Landscape Architecture and Planning, Ted Brovitz of Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates, Dietz and Co. Architects, the town of Montague and Town Planner and Conservation Agent Walter Ramsey.
The Livability Plan is a 10-year vision for the downtown area, including street and sidewalk work and new or expanded community facilities such as the library and senior center. A steering committee of business owners, residents, elected officials and town employees oversaw the plan’s development, with input from more than 100 residents through a series of workshops and focus groups.
“This award is a testament to the effort of the business owners, youth, residents, officials, non-English speakers and artists who worked together on a unified vision for the revitalization of Turners Falls,” Ramsey said.
Another area effort honored by the Planning Association chapter is the Sustainable Franklin County initiative, which garnered a Comprehensive Planning Award in the regional category. The award named the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Franklin County Community Development Corporation, Community Action, the North Quabbin Community Coalition and the towns of Deerfield, Greenfield, Montague and Orange.
Sustainable Franklin County formed to develop a regional plan for sustainable development, since completed, and is now working to implement the plan.
Eleven award recipients will be recognized during the 2013 APA-MA/Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors Annual Awards Dec. 13 at the Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge.