The Palm Springs Sustainability Master Plan received the 2017 Innovation in Green Community Planning Award from the American Planning Association, Inland Empire Chapter. As part of a larger team led by Raimi + Associates, Nelson\Nygaard provided input on the Sustainable Urban Development and Mobility Chapter, developed the style guide and branded material used in the plan and outreach materials, and framed the Walk and Roll Palm Springs mobile website.

The Alameda CTC Affordable Student Transit Pass Program won the 2017 Sustainable Transportation/Environmental Enhancement Program of the Year from the California Transportation Foundation. The Student Transit Pass provides over 3,000 free and discounted transit passes for students at nine middle and high schools in Alameda County. Nelson\Nygaard has led the planning, launch, and implementation of the three-year pilot program, which has facilitated over 40,000 transit trips.

Learn more about the program.

The Santa Clara County Health Element earned the 2017 Award of Merit for Planning and Health from the Northern California Chapter of the American Planning Association. The Health Element, a first for Santa Clara County, provides comprehensive and consolidated strategies and policies for improving public health. On a team with Raimi + Associates, Nelson\Nygaard led the transportation and mobility components of the element. We found stark health differences between the rural and urban areas and recommended transit investment, changed civic priorities, and revised design of the built environment to promote walking, biking, and riding transit.

The East Palo Alto General Plan Update and Westside Area Plan received the 2017 Award of Merit for Comprehensive Planning for a Small City by the Northern California Chapter of the American Planning Association. As part of a team led by Raimi + Associates, Nelson\Nygaard helped prepare a comprehensive update of the City’s General Plan, introducing a new focus on public health, sustainability, and housing affordability.

Nelson\Nygaard led the transportation and parking aspects of the plan. Key transportation policies in the new plan include a Vision Zero policy, which places safety first and foremost; supportive policies and plans for traffic calming, bicycle and pedestrian networks; transit-priority streets; new bicycle and pedestrian-friendly street types; and reformed performance measures that prioritize safety over roadway widening. The plan also replaces a proposed high-speed bayfront expressway with a bicycle and pedestrian trail that will reconnect the City to its waterfront and includes curb parking management policies designed to alleviate curb parking shortages without relying on excessive minimum parking requirements.

The plan was unanimously adopted by the City Council in October 2016. Learn more about Vista 2035.