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Posted on: October 13, 2020

City of Las Cruces Planning Efforts Recognized by American Planning Association Awards

People Looking at displays to illustrate engagement of the Elevate Las Cruces Comprehensive plan

The City of Las Cruces Community Development Department has acquired two new awards this month for the hard work staff (with the assistance of consultants and hundreds of community stakeholders) has completed throughout the past several years. The New Mexico Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) has recognized recent planning efforts conducted by the City of Las Cruces.

Community Development staff accepted the awards at last week’s Virtual Cross-Chapter Collaborative 2020, a conference among the APA Chapters of the States of AR, KS, NM, LA, OK and TX. 

The Elevate Las Cruces (ELC) Comprehensive Plan was awarded first place in the Long-range Planning category. ELC was adopted by the City Council earlier this year to guide growth and development of the community for the next 25 years. ELC recognizes the interconnected nature of topics like housing, mobility, economic development, historic preservation, natural resources, recreation, regionalism, public safety, and more and proposes holistic approaches to improving the health, safety, and welfare of Las Crucens. The ELC comprehensive plan stood out for its application of environmental, fiscal, and social sustainability principles and actionable recommendations for implementing the vision, goals and policies. 

The Active Transportation Plan (ATP) was awarded first place for Excellence in Public Engagement. The ATP guides the development of a robust network of interconnected trails, bike facilities, and pedestrian focus areas. Throughout the planning process, web and social media presence, a diverse advisory committee, user focus groups, and community events intentionally reached Las Cruces residents whose voices may not have been heard through traditional public input methods. The recommended bicycle priorities list went through both a rigorous technical analysis as well as public and stakeholder engagement. The ATP puts public health and safety first, guiding the community towards a more equitable multi-modal transportation system. 

Learn more about Citywide Plans from Community Development  

For further information, contact Project Manager Srijana Basnyat, AICP by email at sbasnyat@las-cruces.org

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