Canadian Institute of Planners honours 12 recipients with Awards for Planning Excellence

    OTTAWA, April 24 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP)
is pleased to announce the 12 winners of its 2007 Awards for Planning
Excellence. Since 1983, the Institute has recognized planning excellence
through its annual awards program, which honours planning projects judged on
their excellence, innovation, contribution to the body of professional
knowledge, implementation potential, and presentation.
    The Canadian Institute of Planners received 67 superb planning documents
and projects from across Canada from which the Awards Jury chose the following
winners in their respective categories:

    Downtown Planning                  Re-Urbanization
    City of Belleville                 Ontario Growth Secretariat
    Belleville, Ontario                Toronto, ON
    Downtown Belleville Master Plan    Growth Plan for the Greater Golden
    Submitted by Karen Poste           Horseshoe
                                       Submitted by Brad Graham
    Economic Planning                  Rural/Small Town Planning
    EcoPlan International Inc.         Kwik'wasut'inuxw Haxwa'mis First
    Vancouver, B.C.                    Nation
    Promoting Economic Development     Alert Bay, B.C.
    Through Strategic Planning         Gwa-yas-dums Village: From Crisis to
    Submitted by William Trousdale     Hope (Hith-Alis Lax Gwa-Yas-Dums)
    MCIP                               Submitted by Chief Robert Chamberlain
    Environmental Planning             Social Planning
    Ministry of Municipal Affairs and  Another Way
    Housing                            Edmonton, Alberta
    Toronto, Ontario                   Women Building Futures
    Greenbelt Plan 2005                Submitted by Anna Bubel
    Submitted by Audrey Bennett,
    Housing                            Transportation and Infrastructure
    ND LEA Inc.                        York Region Rapid Transit Corporation
    Winnipeg, MB                       Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Pocket Houses                      Viva Project in York Region - Planning
    Submitted by Paul McNeil, MCIP     a Sustainable Future
                                       Submitted by Mary-Frances Turner MCIP
    International Development          Urban Design
    Urban Strategies Inc.              Cardinal Hardy et Associés
    Toronto, Ontario                   In collaboration with:
    Lower Don Valley Vision and        Provencher Roy et Associés
    Master Plan, Sheffield             Montréal, Québec
    Submitted by Andrea Gabor FCIP,    Université de Montréal - Site
    RPP                                Outremont
                                       Submitted by Michel Dufresne
    Neighbourhood Planning             Recreation Planning
    City of Vancouver                  EDM -Environmental Design and
    Vancouver, British Columbia        Management
    East Fraserlands Official          Halifax, N.S.
    Development Plan                   Blue Mountain/Birch Cove Lakes Land
    Submitted by Tom Philipps          Suitability Assessment
                                       Submitted by Margot Young, MCIP

    "These projects continue to highlight the significant care that Canadians
have for their natural and built environments and the unique, increasingly
sophisticated ways in which they want to express this." said CIP Awards
Committee Chair Gary Willson, "The 12 winning projects are certainly deserving
of recognition by the Canadian Institute of Planners".
    The winners will be formally announced and honoured during an Awards
Banquet on Tuesday, June 5, 2007, at the 2007 Canadian Institute of Planners/
Ordre des urbanistes du Québec joint conference. The conference will take
place at the Québec Convention Centre in Québec City, Québec from June 3 to 6,
2007 under the theme "Looking to the Future: Planning for Major Change".
    Hundreds of planners from across Canada will attend the conference to
learn and share ideas about urban design, environmental issues, transportation
and other planning related issues. CIP is the national certification body and
professional institute for some 7,000 planners in Canada and abroad.

For further information:

For further information: Kira Pejemsky, Program Coordinator,
Communications, Canadian Institute of Planners, (613) 237-7526, (800)
207-2138, Fax: (613) 237-7045,; CIP web site:

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