SCHENECTADY - The New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association is pleased to announce that the Chautauqua Lake Watershed Management Plan has been awarded the 2013 Planning Excellence Award for Best Practice. The 2013 NYUAPA Chapter Awards recognize outstanding work being done by planners, planning firms, elected officials and citizens to advance the science of art of urban and regional planning in upstate New York. The award was presented at the NYUAPA's annual conference in Schenectady.
The Planning Excellence Award for Best Practice recognizes a specific planning tool, practice, program, project, or process that is a significant advancement to specific elements of planning. Emphasis is on results and how the best practice helped to implement the plan. Winning projects are distinguished for originality and innovation, quality, thoroughness, degree of public participation and identified steps for implementation.
The creation of the Chautauqua Lake Watershed Management Plan resulted in a document that is comprehensive and far reaching and required the balancing of environmental, economic and social objectives. The plan also required significant public input and outreach to ensure that residents had an opportunity to voice their concerns and be included in the planning process.
APA Upstate Chapter President Ellen Parker (far right) presented the American Planning Association Best Practices Award to (from left) Jason Babcock and Andy Raus of Bergmann Associates, Mark Geise and Bill Daly of the Chautauqua County Planning and Economic Development Department, Kim Baptiste of Bergmann Associates and Rich Horwitz of the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University at the Upstate New York conference held in Schenectady recently.
Lyle Hadju, chairman of the Chautauqua Lake Management Committee said, "As one of the organizations responsible for coordinating implementation of the Chautauqua Lake Watershed Management Plan, we are appreciative of the balanced approach used to develop this plan. Watershed residents and stakeholders, the project advisory committee, the County Planning and Economic Development Department and Bergmann Associates provided a great service to both Chautauqua County and Chautauqua Lake through their combined efforts to identify the sources of many of the watershed's water quality problems and developed a comprehensive strategy for addressing these problems."
The New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association's mission is to serve and support the professional, student, and citizen planning community in upstate New York and to improve the quality of life through the use of planning. This diverse network of planners, planning board members, public officials, educators, students, and engaged citizens share information and learn about best practices from the state, nation and around the world. APA members seek to implement good planning in their communities and impart the benefits of planning. Planners work with a variety of partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to craft policies, guidelines and incentives to help communities achieve their goals.