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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 26, 2009

City honored with state planning association awards

The City of Kansas City, Mo., City has been recognized for outstanding work in the field of planning by the Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association. The City Planning and Development Department received recognition for the Trails KC Plan, Second Street Streetscape project, and a department staff member was recognized for leadership in planning.

The City’s first comprehensive trails plan, the Trails KC Plan, has been selected as the Outstanding Plan of the Year in recognition of its quality and effectiveness. The Trails KC Plan was adopted by the City Council in November 2008 and serves as the City’s guide for regional trail development. The plan also has been honored this year by the local chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

The Second Street Streetscape Project, an implementation measure of the Second Street Corridor Infrastructure and Development Plan, which was adopted by the City Council in August 2005, received top honor in the Outstanding Implementation category. This project transformed an abandoned rail line into a pedestrian-oriented street and walking trail between Delaware and Cherry streets. This Plan also has been honored by American Society of Landscape Architects.

The Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association honored two individuals in Kansas City for their contributions to the planning field: City Planning and Development Department staff member Steve Lebofsky, AICP, was received the Distinguished Leadership Award for a Professional Planner; and Diane Burnette, executive director of MainCor, was awarded the Dwight D. Davis Award for a Citizen Planner.

Lebofsky has served the city in the City Planning and Development Department for more than 30 years, providing critical research and technical analysis. Burnette has been instrumental in putting planning recommendations into action and implementing improvements and programs that benefit the Main Street corridor and its neighboring communities.

“The professional recognition of these individuals and planning projects also affirms the commitment of the community, elected officials and the Planning Commission’s passionate energy in promoting the livability of Kansas City, Mo.,” said Tom Coyle, director of the City Planning and Development Department. “City Planning and Development staff is appreciative of the on-going support of our department.”

City representatives will attend the Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association conference in Springfield, Mo., on Oct. 29 to receive the awards.

For more information, contact Tom Coyle at (816) 513-2865.

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