Phoenix Land Reuse Strategy wins APA Award

The City of Phoenix Aviation Department’s Land Reuse Strategy received the American Planning Association, Arizona Chapter’s Committee’s Choice Award for 2018.

C&S was the lead planner for the PHX Land Reuse Strategy, which helped the city identify a path forward for neighborhoods between downtown and the airport that had been impacted by land acquisitions aimed at reducing harmful impacts of noise on residents.

Nearly 750 residential properties were acquired under the airport’s Voluntary Acquisition and Relocation Services (VARS) program between 2005 and 2015, leaving a patchwork of vacant land, residential, commercial, and industrial uses intermingled. C&S was responsible for project management, community engagement, identification of uses for the vacant parcels, and assembling a final plan. Existing parcel data and planning study documents were evaluated, a market analysis was conducted, and a community-based plan was developed. Crucial to success was the active engagement of the impacted communities and key stakeholders. A multi-layered community engagement process included a program management committee, advisory group of senior business and community leaders, and a roundtable for each planning area with members representing cultural, business, and community interests. Community workshops allowed individuals to guide the process and give valuable input to the airport and project team. The PHX Land Reuse Strategy is the community preferred land reuse framework, and will help implement meaningful and measurable progress in revitalizing the community.

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