Have you noticed a community that’s really got it going on? One that’s used sound planning and development or innovative thinking to make the community better? Or maybe one that’s showed uncommon cooperation with its neighbors? Then we’d like to hear about it so we can recognize these achievements and show them as examples for what could work in other communities in the region.
The LVPC is calling for nominations for the 2019 Lehigh Valley Awards. These awards will celebrate planning and development projects in Lehigh and Northampton Counties. Communities, organizations and professionals will be recognized for their work and commitment to creating a better Lehigh Valley at the LVPC's 6th Annual Lehigh Valley Gala & Awards ceremony on October 16, 2019 at University Center, DeSales University.
“There’s a lot of good planning, development and community cooperation going on that’s making the Lehigh Valley a better place to live. This is our chance to celebrate that,” said LVPC Executive Director Becky Bradley. “This is really important because all of this good work is interconnected. When people make their neighborhood better, it makes the Lehigh Valley better.”
Awards will be given in eight categories and eligible projects include any that is substantially done at the time of nomination, or was completed in the past three years. In addition, one municipality that has consistently show planning excellence will be chosen as the 2019 Community of Distinction.
Applying is easy. Judging is done by experts in each of the award categories.
Gala + Awards
4 pm at DeSales University
Call for Nominations
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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JULY 31, 2019 BY 5 PM
Please fill out the form completely. The deadline for entries is 5 pm on July 31, 2019. Winners will be recognized at LVPC’s 2019 Lehigh Valley Award Ceremony on October 16 at DeSales University Center, Center Valley, PA. Contact Tracy Oscavich at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. All materials become property of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission.
Please mail five hardcopies and thumb drive of your nomination packet to:
2019 Lehigh Valley Awards
Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
961 Marcon Blvd., Suite 310, Allentown, PA 18109
Nomination packets should include:
1. A cover letter indicating the contact information and official name of the project, specific project address, and municipality.
2. Nomination form.
3. Supplemental materials, such as site plans, photos, project brochures, etc. (Electronic copies of supplemental materials are preferred).
All projects must be located in the Lehigh Valley and must be complete when nominated, or completed within the last three years. Each is judged on their merits. Anyone may submit nominations, but projects that have been submitted in previous years are not eligible. Submissions will be accepted for the following award categories:
1. Plan, Planning Policy or Ordinance
These plans, planning policies or ordinances promote sound long-range planning and support the inter-relationships between planning and implementation. Projects can include new comprehensive plans, subdivision and land development ordinances, zoning ordinances, official maps, and neighborhood plans. Also eligible for this category are subject-specific plans such as transportation and parks, recreation, and open space plans.
2. Land Development
These projects promote excellence in design and planning. Projects include residential, office, commercial and institutional developments that exemplify good site design, such as building placement, project context, parking and circulation, pedestrian amenities, landscaping, and sustainable design practices.
3. Revitalization Project
These projects contribute to the revitalization of older, more established communities. Projects can include redevelopment and building rehabilitation, adaptive reuse, infill development, streetscape improvements, new parking facilities and other community enhancements.
4. Open Space or Land Preservation Project
These projects focus on open space preservation, land conservation, sustaining natural resources and enriching the community. Projects can include the preservation or improvement of open space, agriculture, natural areas or other cultural and heritage amenities.
5. Outdoor Recreation Project
These projects focus on the development or rehabilitation of park, trail or other outdoor recreation facilities that enrich the community and provide enjoyment for residents and visitors. Projects can include development or rehabilitation of the entire site or individual elements within the site.
6. Environmental Project
These projects promote the protection and restoration of natural features and sustainable use of resources, including buildings, sites and developments. Projects can incorporate habitat enhancement, riparian corridor protection, green infrastructure (green roofs, green parking lots, green streets), innovative stormwater design, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Award(s) in this category will be made in partnership with Green Building United, a part of the US Green Building Council Chapter.
7. Transportation Project
These projects improve mobility, enhance safety, and exemplify best planning, engineering, and context-sensitive design and construction. Projects can include road, bridge, transit, bicycle, pedestrian, and traffic calming improvements.
8. Multi-Municipal Cooperation
These projects enhance the Lehigh Valley, regardless of county or municipal boundaries, promoting efficiencies, cooperation, and demonstrated coordination for the benefit of the greater community. Projects can include multi-municipal comprehensive plans; cross-municipal zoning; shared services and cooperative agreements for emergency services, water and sewer, among other cooperative efforts. Public/private partnerships may also be considered.
AWARD PROCESS + CRITERIA
The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) evaluates all submissions and a select group of nominations are visited, judged, and awarded by the Lehigh Valley Awards Committee, consisting of LVPC members, and outside subject matter experts. Winners will be recognized at the LVPC’s 2019 Lehigh Valley Award Ceremony on October 16 at DeSales University Center, Center Valley, PA.
Each Project will need to describe:
The following criteria will be used for evaluation:
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Contact Tracy Oscavich, Director of Development, at 610-264-4544 or email email@example.com