For Immediate Release
May 9, 2017
Contact: Anika Jackson, 301-952-4584
Prince George’s County’s Plan 2035 Receives National Award For Excellence
APA Recognizes Prince George’s Planning Department for Outstanding Community Engagement
Upper Marlboro, MD—The Prince George’s County Planning Department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) was recognized for excellence in comprehensive planning by the American Planning Association’s (APA) Sustainable Communities Division with a national award for “Plan Prince George’s 2035”, the General Plan for the County. One of only 13 community projects around the country to be recognized, the County’s adopted general plan is considered an excellent example of comprehensive planning for sustainable communities. The award was formally presented at the APA’S annual conference in New York City on May 8.
Plan Prince George’s 2035 Approved General Plan (Plan 2035) specifically earned accolades for its efforts to seek diverse participation in the planning process, including targeted outreach to immigrant communities and the use of a wide range of communications platforms to inform and engage community stakeholders through the planning process. Reviewers also found the plan’s presentation to be clear and compelling. The “Why Does this Matter Section” was specifically noted as effective at communicating the plan’s contents.
“The Prince George’s County Planning Department is honored to have been recognized for doing what we feel is natural—engaging our community in envisioning its future,” said Andree Green Checkley, Planning Director. “Community engagement is not only a key component in any successful planning process, but lays a foundation for our communities to work together for years to come.”
Submitted plans were reviewed and scored based on three factors: the principles, processes and attributes of comprehensive plan standards. The principles focus on a livable built environment; harmony with nature; resilient economy; interwoven equity; healthy community; and responsible regionalism. The processes looked at the preparation and implementation of the plans. The final factor looks at the attributes that shape the content and characteristics of comprehensive plans.
Plan Prince George’s 2035 presents an innovative and bold blueprint for the long-term growth and development of Prince George’s County, Maryland. Developed with input from thousands of citizens, businesses, elected officials, property owners and other stakeholders in the County, the Plan looks broadly and strategically at how the county should continue to grow and strengthen over the next 20 years both as a community and as part of the greater Washington metropolitan area. The Plan’s goals include capturing a greater share of the region’s forecasted job growth, creating walkable urban places, meeting the needs of the county’s changing population, and preserving valuable natural and historical resources. To learn more about Plan Prince George’s 2035 visit www.pgplanning.org.
About the Prince George’s County Planning Department
The Prince George’s Planning Department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission(M-NCPPC) is responsible for preserving, protecting, and managing the County’s resources through high-quality planning services and growth management guidance. Visit our website, www.pgplanning.org to learn how you can become engaged in shaping the future of your community.