Regional urban design guidelines, developed over the course of a 2-year public engagement process and unanimously approved by the FORA Board in June 2016, were recognized by the American Planning Association (APA) with a 2017 National Achievement Award. One of twelve Achievement Awards nationwide, this award builds on a legacy of recognition for the Fort Ord reuse planning process that includes a Best Practice in Planning Award for the 2012 Reassessment Report, and a 1997 National Outstanding Planning Award for the Base Reuse Plan and Environmental Impact Report.
The RUDG public planning process involved multilingual outreach through social media, educational forums, interactive online tools, and a dynamic website to collect input about the guidelines and encourage community involvement in the planning process. More than 1,200 people participated in special topic meetings, design sessions, and open studio visits.
This award recognizes the quality work of the Monterey Bay area community, FORA Board appointed RUDG Task Force, staff and consultant team in conducting a credible and open public planning process, which serves as a best practice model for large area, complex public planning processes anywhere. Elizabeth Caraker, City of Monterey Principal Planner and RUDG Task Force Member, and Josh Metz, RUDG Project Manager, and FORA Economic Development Manager received the award during the recent APA National Planning Conference.