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 Press Release:  Miami 21 Receives the American Planning Association      (APA) Florida Chapter Award of Excellence

Miami, FL (September 20, 2010) - Miami 21 was awarded the Award of Excellence in the Best Practices category by the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association (FAPA). 

Miami 21 was the sole Award of Excellence presented by the chapter this year and the City of Miami was commended for its innovative work and dedicated effort.  “Your dedication and achievement of such a worthy effort is a true reflection of the innovation and quality of planning occurring within the state," stated Awards Committee Chair David Hennis.

The award was presented to the City of Miami Planning Department at the FAPA’s annual conference held in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, September 15, 2010.

The recognition adds to the growing list of awards by the planning industry in recognition of Miami 21's vision and innovation. In May of this year, Miami 21 was awarded the Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award with the Paul Crawford Distinction for a groundbreaking Code.  

The successful implementation of Miami 21 marks the first time a form-based code has been adopted for an entire major U.S. city.  The plan symbolizes a major shift in urban planning and accelerates a growing trend towards smart growth, sustainability, and efficiency in city development, growth and planning.   

See a full description of all award recipients.

About the FAPA Awards

The FAPA Awards showcases comprehensive and high-quality plans and regulations -- along with innovative approaches to planning issues – which serve as models and resources for other Florida communities.  Every year, the FAPA Awards Program recognizes the innovation, transferability, quality, implementation, and comprehensiveness of exceptional Florida planning projects as the best in Florida planning.

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