BEMUS POINT - The American Planning Association, Western New York Section, awarded the "2012 Planning Excellence Award for Best Practice in Planning" to Bemus Point's Comprehensive Plan: A Strategic Action Plan for Bemus Point.
The award was presented to the Village of Bemus Point at the APA Western New York Section annual awards banquet in Buffalo recently. Receiving the award on behalf of the village was Mayor of the Village of Bemus Point Bryan Dahlberg and Chairman of the Village Planning Board Kim Walters. Other major contributors to development of the plan included Village Planning Board members Laurie Beaton, Bryce Steffen, Bernie Auer and Kristen Wright and Don McCord from the consulting firm Small Town Planning Services of Westfield, N.Y., the primary consultant for the project.
In receiving this award, the Village of Bemus Point competed against all county, city, municipal and private sector submissions from throughout the region. The WNY Section Awards Committee, in selecting A Strategic Action Plan for Bemus Point to receive the Planning Excellence Award for Best Practice in Planning, said, "The plan was accessible, visually pleasing and provided a practical guide to implementation that was uniquely tailored to the fit a small community such as Bemus Point." The plan can be viewed at www.bemuspointny.org.
The American Planning Association recently awarded the “2012 Planning Excellence Award for Best Practice in Planning” to Bemus Point’s Comprehensive Plan: A Strategic Action Plan for Bemus Point. Pictured with the award, from left to right, are: Don McCord from the consulting firm Small Town Planning Services of Westfield; Chairman of the Bemus Point Village Planning Board Kim Walters; and Village of Bemus Point Mayor Bryan Dahlberg.
Development of A Strategic Action Plan for Bemus Point extended over the course of two years and consisted of input by community members and boards. It provides a prioritized list of recommended actions, in key issue areas, to be taken to realize a shared long-term vision for the Village.
"We believe the plan articulates the beliefs of the community and provides a clear but flexible framework to be followed during implementation," Walters said. "The plan contains realistic goals and strategic actions that will help us retain the unique character of Bemus Point, while providing an opportunity to improve the community. We are thrilled that the Awards Committee recognized the Village's hard work on this important effort."
The American Planning Association is a professional organization representing the field of city and regional planning in the United States. The APA was formed in 1978 when two separate professional planning organizations, the American Institute of Planners and the American Society of Planning Officials, were merged into a single organization. The American Institute of Certified Planners is now the organization's professional branch.