Union County 2010 Comprehensive Plan Recognized by Pennsylvania Planning Association

COMMISSIONERS LAUD PLANNING AWARD

County Comprehensive Plan Recognized by Pennsylvania Planning Association

Lewisburg, PA-October 12, 2010. At today’s regular meeting of the Union County Board of Commissioners County Commissioners Preston Boop, John Mathias, and John Showers took particular delight in praising and thanking County Planning Director Shawn McLaughlin, the county planning commission and its staff, and county citizens for an effort well done and recognized as such by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association (PA Chapter of APA).

At its annual awards luncheon in Lancaster on October 5th, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association, with almost 400 in attendance, celebrated the esteemed award winners of this year’s highly competitive program. Union County was recognized with the Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan for Cultivating Community: A Plan for Union County’s Future.

“Creating a planning ethic in a region of the state that has not traditionally done extensive planning is always challenging. Through an exhaustive public participation process, partnerships with municipal governments, use of well-known experts, and creation of alternative development scenarios, Union County has accomplished this difficult task, creating an excellent county plan that can also function as multi-municipal plans for groups of municipalities in three planning areas.” noted the PA Chapter of APA.

This award is given for a comprehensive plan that advances the science and art of planning and honors America’s most famous planner, Daniel Burnham, for his contributions to the planning profession and to a greater awareness of the benefits of good planning. Nominees are evaluated based on a number of criteria including originality and innovation, transferability, quality, comprehensiveness, public participation, role of planners, implementation strategies, and effectiveness.

As in accepting the award at the Lancaster ceremony and at today’s Commissioners Board meeting, Planning Director Shawn McLaughlin, AICP, said “It is truly an honor to accept this award on behalf of our county and citizens. We offer our sincere thanks to the APA-Pennsylvania Chapter for this recognition.” Mr. McLaughlin also thanked the Union County Commissioners, Union County Planning Commission and its staff, municipal officials, Bucknell University, and county residents for all their support, commitment, and hard work that went into developing the plan.

McLaughlin told the Commissioner he could not emphasize enough how much this achievement belongs to all Union Countians. “Everyone that participated in this planning process made it happen and they should be proud of what has been accomplished by our small county”, he said. He also mentioned that the plan is only the beginning and now an equally challenging task is at hand in implementing it over the next 10-20 years, which will need just as much, if not more, dedication from the public and elected officials at all levels of government.

The PA Chapter of APA is a non-profit, non-partisan, independent organization for appointed and elected officials, and professionals interested in planning. It is dedicated to the achievement of sound planning objectives.

Below is a link to the full Union County Comprehensive Plan of 2010.  I couldn’t be prouder of a piece of work if I had done it myself.  A hearty well done to all concerned.

http://www.cultivatingcommunity.net/draft-plan.html

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