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City of Tucson Wins State Planning Award

The City of Tucson recently won the 2014 State Planning Award for Plan Tucson, the City’s General and Sustainability Plan. Plan Tucson was approved by more than 65 percent of voters in the November 2013 election.

The award application required addressing seven criteria, including originality/innovation, transferability, quality, comprehensiveness, public outreach, role of planners, and effectiveness/results.

Plan Tucson was the culmination of a three-year process conducted by an in-house team of City planners, in collaboration with a diverse group of stakeholders to prepare a new General Plan that would serve as a comprehensive framework for a sustainable future over the next decade.

“While the City is honored to have received this award in a field of other worthy general plans, the award really belongs to the entire community, including all the members of the public who so generously shared their time, ideas, and knowledge over several years to help craft the Plan's goals and policies that address the many elements that contribute to a vital and livable community,” said Nicole Ewing-Gavin, director of the Office of Integrated Planning.

The award was presented during the Nov. 6, 2014 American Planning Association, Arizona Chapter, Annual Planning Conference Awards Luncheon.

Tucson's Application for Designation as a "City of Gastronomy"
The City of Tucson, Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance, University of Arizona Southwest Center, our media partner Edible Baja Arizona, and many other community partners are actively seeking recognition of our region’s rich agricultural heritage, thriving food traditions, and culinary distinctiveness through a "City of Gastronomy" designation by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Read the application here

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