The 2016 Planning Excellence Award for a plan other than a comprehensive plan was awarded to Allentown Downtown Plan by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association. The award recognizes the plan for providing new direction in response to growth and investments from the neighborhood improvement zone program.  As part of a larger team, Nelson\Nygaard made recommendations on ways to improve efficiencies and user-friendliness of the parking system, to equalize monthly permit rates, and to create zones or tiers of parking pricing.