Mountain View’s North Bayshore Precise Plan won the 2015 Award for Comprehensive Plan, Small Jurisdiction, from the California Northern Section of the American Planning Association. North Bayshore is home to Google, Intuit, LinkedIn, and other major Silicon Valley companies and adjacent to one of the most congested highways in the region. In the plan developed by Nelson\Nygaard, rather than limiting the growth of these companies, the city has instead limited the peak vehicle trips they can generate. Companies that can cut their trips below the 45% drive-alone rate target are awarded with more entitlement. If companies fail to meet their targets the city may impose congestion pricing at the area’s gateways. Despite having the most onerous trip-reduction requirements for any suburban location in the country, the plan was adopted in early 2015, and it has already attracted 7 million square feet of development applications.

Portland, OR – April 16, 2015 – The Oregon Department of Transportation adopted a ground-breaking plan to help more people walk, bike, take transit, share rides, and telecommute. The first of its kind in Oregon, the statewide Transportation Options Plan provides policy and investment guidance to enhance and expand transportation access for all Oregonians.

Changing demographics coupled with a need to make more efficient use of transportation infrastructure motivated the State of Oregon. The plan includes policies and strategies that supports programs such as travel training, ridesharing, and safe routes to school and work.

“The plan is designed to help state and local partners educate and understand Oregon’s great transportation system,” says Principal Thomas Brennan. “It’s a great model for other states that want to start or expand travel demand management programs.”

Nelson\Nygaard is now working with ODOT to implement the plan and create actionable next steps. Read about our work on the Transportation Options Plan.

The American Planning Association, Sustainable Communities Division, recognized Greenprint 2015/2040 with the 2015 Excellence in Sustainability Award for a Plan. Greenprint, led by the Memphis-Shelby County office of Sustainability, is designed to enhance livability by establishing a unified vision for a regionwide network of green space areas in the Greater Memphis Area. Nelson\Nygaard led one component of the plan, the Bus Transit to Workplace study, which included a transportation demand management toolkit to help connect people to job centers, bus routes, and shops.

The City of Mountain View’s Shoreline Boulevard Corridor Study has won an Award of Excellence in the category of Transportation Planning from the California Northern section of the American Planning Association. The study defines a new multimodal approach to one of Silicon Valley’s major thoroughfares. Nelson\Nygaard led the ambitious effort and recommended a diverse package of innovative improvements including a new pedestrian/bicycle bridge over U.S. 101, protected intersection treatments, and the city’s first protected bicycle lanes, and a phased access strategy for the downtown transit center.

moveDC, Washington DC’s long range transportation plan, has earned two awards. It received the 2015 National Planning Excellence Award for Transportation Planning from the American Planning Association and the 2015 National Recognition Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies. The plan outlines a commitment to achieving the district’s goals of livability, environmental sustainability, and economic competitiveness through investments in all modes of transportation. Nelson\Nygaard, on a team with Kimley-Horn, led the pedestrian, bicycle, transit, parking, and transportation demand management elements of moveDC. Some of the plan’s key targets include adding sidewalks on at least 25 blocks where they are missing today; improving pedestrian safety at 20 or more intersections; and building 15 miles of bicycle lanes or cycletracks.

The American Planning Association honored Vibrant NEO 2040, the first regional plan ever implemented in Northeast Ohio, with the 2015 Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan. The three-year regional planning initiative, led by the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium and Sasaki Associates, determines the vision of the future for four metro areas that include 12 counties and outlines the region’s commitment to strengthening established communities, increasing transportation choices, and preserving and protecting natural resources. Nelson\Nygaard led the transportation component of the plan.