Civic Club of Harrisburg
On January 15, the Dauphin County Planning Commission and the Dauphin County Commissioners hosted the first annual Premier Planning Awards at the Civic Club of Harrisburg, highlighting community members whose planning excellence have improved Dauphin County. “If you look around there’s a lot of planning practices that are being done in our area that don’t get recognition. A lot of people may not understand planning and we thought a good way to get the message out and educate the public was to celebrate some of the good planning practices that occur in Dauphin County.” said Tim Reardon, Executive Director of the Dauphin County Planning Commission. “We’re looking to investigate some smart growth opportunities and bring that to Central Pennsylvania.”
The Premier Planning Awards were presented in four categories: Community Capacity, Infrastructure, Sustainable Growth and Revitalization. Entries were considered for any Dauphin County project started from 2007-2012 that displayed excellence in any of the chosen aspects of planning. “It’s a wonderful program that’s just been established this year, and I have to give congratulations to the Planning Commission as well as (Dauphin County Planner) Leah Pearlman-Storch. This was her baby right here,” said Commission Vice Chairman Mike Pries. “A lot of times things are occurring out there, in communities around the county that people aren’t aware of. This is our opportunity to recognize the businesses that are giving back to the communities where they live and work, and say thank you.”
The winners of the 2012 Awards were:
- Community Capacity—Derry Township
- Community Visioning ProcessInfrastructure—Millersburg Borough
- Gateway ParkSustainable Growth-Hershey Center for Applied Research
- Revitalization Projects—Village of Linglestown
Following the success of the ceremony, the Dauphin County Planning Commission expects the Premier Planning Awards to become an annual tradition. Throughout the next year, projects for the 2013 awards can be nominated by contacting Dauphin County Planner Leah Pearlman-Storch online through TCRPC-PA.org.
“We have great planning in this area; there are a lot of great projects going on. We seem to get focused too many times on the negativity going on in the area, and we overlook great individual projects, whether it’s in the historic area, the city, or rural areas,” said Commission Chairman Jeff Haste. “The folks here are being recognized for their vision, their commitment to community-oriented planning and hopefully this sparks a lot of interest and people understand the planning process and how we really are ahead of most other areas”
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Images courtesy of Christie Gardner.