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MPC seeks nominations for 2003 Burnham Award

The Metropolitan Planning Council is soliciting nominations for its 2003 Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning, which honors projects or plans that promote sound public policies and planning procedures. The award carries with it a $5,000 cash prize.

The Metropolitan Planning Council is soliciting nominations for its 2003 Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning, which honors projects or plans that promote sound public policies and planning procedures. The award carries with it a $5,000 cash prize.

Last year’s winner was Will County for its Land Resource Management Plan. The plan contributed numerous advances in planning to northeastern Illinois, including a flexible "forms and use concepts" land use designation system, an open space preservation element that recognizes the importance of waterways and farmland, and a framework for bringing municipalities on board.

“With the annual Burnham Award, we not only honor effective and innovative projects but also improve the regional planning process by encouraging similar efforts,” said MPC Vice President of External Relations Peter Skosey.

All are encouraged to apply, including those who have applied in the past. This award is largely targeted toward projects that are completed or have demonstrated promise over a longer period of time.

The Burnham Award recipient will be a project that:

  1. Promotes and implements sensible planning and development policies;
  2. Encourages public participation and follows an open process;
  3. Provides long-term benefits to the community and its surroundings;
  4. Is provocative, balances realistic expectations with vision; and
  5. Is innovative, breaks new ground in bettering the planning process.

Nominations must be submitted by March 3, 2003. A committee of MPC board members and other volunteers from around the six-county metropolitan region will review them.

The Burnham Award will be presented at MPC’s Annual Meeting Luncheon this spring.

Click here for a nomination form, or contact Angie Leyva at 312.863.6017.

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