Charlotte wins 2023 American Planning Association award

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North Carolina Construction News staff writer

The American Planning Association (APA) has recognized the Charlotte Future 2040 comprehensive plan with the Daniel Burnham Award for 2023.

The national award showcases the pivotal role planners play in driving communities toward a more resilient, equitable and prosperous future. These awards underscore the dedication and innovation exhibited by planners nationwide, emphasizing their work’s importance in shaping vibrant and inclusive cities.

“This award serves as a reminder that by working together, we can overcome challenges, address disparities, and build a future where every community member’s needs are not only heard but prioritized,” said Mayor Vi Lyles. “We are inspired by this recognition to continue our mission of a city that truly serves and uplifts all residents.”

The APA National Awards annually spotlight outstanding projects, plans and individuals who contribute significantly to urban planning. These accolades serve as a testament to the transformative power of planning in creating better, more sustainable communities.

“The innovative engagement and planning analysis used for Charlotte Future 2040, combined with an accessible web-based format and a strong link to implementation, is a national example for communities around the country to employ,” said Ben Hitchings, FAICP, 2023 APA Awards jury chair. “The dedication to integrating equity and inclusivity throughout the entire process was remarkable.”

Learn more about the Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan.

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