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City & Metropolitan Planning students win big

College of Architecture + Planning students achieved high recognition at the American Planning Association's Utah Chapter Virtual Awards.

City & Metropolitan Planning students in the College of Architecture + Planning, achieve high recognition at the American Planning Association, Utah Chapter Virtual Awards Event. Held virtually last week, the awards “recognize plans, projects, programs, and individuals that are making a significant contribution to planning in Utah,” according to the APA Utah website.

Both projects were part of the Spring 2020 Graduate Workshop on Small Town and Resort Community Planning, taught by Bruce Parker, ACIP. This course explores the unique complexities and variety of small towns and resort communities in the United States and around the world. The class provides opportunities to work directly with communities in providing a valuable planning product and experience.

Despite the abrupt shift to online classes due to COVID-19, the workshop students produced high-quality professional-level work for two small towns in Utah.

Winner – High Achievement Award
Stockton Town General Plan
Prepared by Jake Gallaher, Byron Head, Mikala Jordan, Kayla Mauldin, Teresa Mikesell, and Bradley Potter

As Stockton’s previous General Plan was written by Tooele County staff in 2002, Mayor Thomas Karjola, Stockton Town Council members, and the Planning Commissioners recognized the need for a new General Plan. They coordinated with professor Bruce Parker, University of Utah, and City and Metropolitan Planning Department’s “Resort and Small Town Planning” Master’s-level class took on the General Plan as their semester-long project.

This plan contains six major sections: who we are, land use, connectivity, housing, economic development/recreation, and the annexation policy plan. “Who we are” presents information regarding Stockton’s history, current demographics, housing conditions, and the economy. Understanding Stockton’s current conditions ensures that the plan is well-informed and data-driven.

Winner – Merit Award
Midway Town Square Analysis and Opportunities Report
Prepared by Briam Amaya Perez, Ian Bradley, Emmanuel De’Mzee, Molly Gaughran, and Monika Roy

The Midway Town Square Analysis and Opportunities Report was compiled over a three month period during the Spring 2020 academic semester. The report is intended to provide an overview of various planning and urban design opportunities regarding the Midway Town Square and adjacent areas.

As a centrally located public space, there is an opportunity for the community to envision the Town Square as not only a space that serves a few key uses, but as a place that is central to the daily social life in Midway. The purpose of this Town Square Report is to guide the vision of the square by identifying opportunities for improvements that help to achieve this vision.

Congratulations to the winners!