An awards program co-sponsored by the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA WA) and the Planning Association of Washington (PAW). In this initial effort, we will soon be requesting a call for nominations to recognize Great Neighborhoods in Washington State. Awards this year will be given to two neighborhoods - one in Western Washington and one in Eastern Washington. This pilot program is based on the American Planning Association's Great Places in America Program.
A neighborhood can be based on a specific plan or the result of a more organic process. Neighborhoods of different kinds are eligible - downtown, urban, suburban, exurban, town, small
village - but should have a definable sense of boundary and the following characteristics:
- Has a variety of functional attributes that contribute to a resident's day-to-day living (i.e. residential, commercial, or mixed-uses).
- Accommodates multi-modal transportation (i.e. pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers).
- Has design and architectural features that are visually interesting.
- Encourages human contact and social activities.
- May - Call for nominations published
- Mid-July - Nomination applications due
- August - Review submittals
- Fall - Great Neighborhood winners announced (at the APA WA chapter conference)
Who Should Apply?
All are welcome to apply. Examples include:
- Cities and towns
- Community/neighborhood groups
- Chambers of Commerce
- Planning professionals
Planning Association of Washington