WOODLAND DISTRICT STRATEGIC PLAN RECEIVES AWARD FOR SMART GROWTH PLANNING
LACEY, WA, June 11, 2015: Governor Jay Inslee recently announced this year’s Smart Communities Awards recipients. Among the winners, Lacey received the Judges’ Merit Award for the Woodland District Strategic Plan Implementation. The program, now in its tenth year, recognizes achievements by local leaders who promote smart growth planning and projects that contribute to quality of life in Washington State.
“These forward-thinking projects help create and sustain a thriving economic climate and strengthen our ability to lead in the global economy,” said Gov. Inslee in a recent press release. “Washington is a great state in which to live, work and play, thanks to visionary leadership in our local communities such as those we celebrate today.”
The Woodland District Strategic Plan was adopted in July 2013. The strategic plan has set the stage for infill, redevelopment and new development, and has an innovative and action-oriented approach that will ensure that Lacey’s core will be a vital place to live, shop, gather, learn, and play. The formation of key community partnerships developed through the planning process has also successfully spurred efforts to implement the identified actions and has fostered investment in the District.
Washington Commerce Director Brian Bonlender will present the city awards on behalf of the Governor, June 26, 2015 at the Association of Washington Cities annual conference in Wenatchee. Dan McConnon, Commerce Deputy Director, will present the awards at the Washington State Association of Counties annual meeting in Skamania, November 18, 2015.
Washington’s comprehensive Growth Management Act has been in place for 25 years. Communities use it as a framework to plan and implement their vision for the future. For more information on the Governor’s Smart Communities Awards or the Growth Management Act, visit www.commerce.wa.gov/growth. For more information about Lacey’s Woodland District Strategic Plan, visit www.ci.lacey.wa.us.
- Ryan Andrews, Planning Manager; (360) 491-5642; firstname.lastname@example.org