10/11/2013Dunwoody Receives Georgia Planning Association Award for Outstanding Plan Implementation
DUNWOODY RECEIVES GEORGIA PLANNING ASSOCIATION AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PLAN IMPLEMENTATION
City’s Execution on Project Renaissance Initiative in Georgetown Area Recognized for Exceptional Accomplishment in Delivering the Community’s Vision for a Gateway Character Area
Dunwoody, GA October 11, 2013 – The City of Dunwoody received the Georgia Planning Association 2013 Award for Outstanding Plan Implementation for efforts and execution on the city’s Project Renaissance initiative. The award recognizes the city’s proactive transformation of 35-acres of vacant land by implementing a community-based master plan.
Each year, the Georgia Planning Association (GPA) rewards local communities and regional commissions for their work to make Georgia a better place to live. The 2013 Chapter Awards, delivered today at the GPA Fall Conference held at Jekyll Island, Ga., honor plans and projects which demonstrate innovation, transferability, quality, effectiveness of implementation, comprehensiveness, public participation, technology, equity, sustainability and collaboration.
The Project Renaissance redevelopment initiative stemmed from the community-developed Georgetown/North Shallowford Master Plan created shortly after the city’s incorporation. Project Renaissance has since activated 35 total acres of land and upon completion will include new city parks, a multi-use trail, an owner occupied low-density residential development, a small neighborhood commercial development and potential civic facilities.
“The Awards Committee was highly impressed with the City of Dunwoody’s aggressive steps to transform a fallow, foreclosed property into a community centerpiece and catalyst.” said Eric Bosman, AICP, President of the Georgia Chapter of the American Planning Association. “Project Renaissance is an excellent example of a community affecting change through active resident involvement, proactive planning, and strong leadership.”
The city broke ground on the first two park areas and multi-use trail section this spring and anticipates a grand opening of these first facilities in December. The city’s private sector partner, John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, has begun site and utility work in the private development and anticipates vertical construction in the near future.
“We are extremely honored and pleased to be recognized by the GPA as the sole Outstanding Plan Implementation category award recipient for Dunwoody’s Project Renaissance initiative,” said Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis. “Project Renaissance is a community-driven effort borne from the desire to enhance the City’s southern gateway and create a truly catalytic development for the Georgetown area.”
Overall, Project Renaissance proactively addresses a wide range of community needs and desires, including expanding access to parks and open space, pedestrian/bicycle connectivity, lifelong community principles, senior-oriented housing, design guidelines, and zoning modifications. A project of this magnitude has the potential to catalyze development beyond the city borders and become a model for future development.
The award from the GPA recognizes Project Renaissance as one of the greatest accomplishments to date by the city, having combined numerous planning and implementation strategies to execute and achieve the community’s vision in just under five years since incorporation.
For additional information on Project Renaissance please visit the City of Dunwoody website at: http://www.dunwoodyga.gov/Departments/community_development/Projectrenaissance3.aspx
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(left to right): Warren Hutmacher, City Manager, Kevin McObmer, Community Development, Christie Mager, Planning Coordinator and Drew Cutright, Development Coordinator