Sponsored by the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, Louis Berger’s North Main Post Area Development Plan for Fort Leavenworth won the 2016 American Planning Association (APA) Federal Planning Division (FPD) Honor Award in Category 3: Outstanding Area Development Plan (ADP).
The Fort Leavenworth North Main Post Area Development Plan was cited by the award panel for its innovative and community-focused approach to modern sustainable development within an extensive National Historic Landmark District. The planning team used a transferable planning methodology based on an inclusive community engagement process that can be used at other historic installations to plan for preservation and enhancement of cultural resources.
Established in 1827, Fort Leavenworth has one of the largest and oldest historic districts in the Department of the Army. The planning team incorporated geographic information system (GIS) analysis and charrette participation from the local community and key stakeholders to provide a framework for development that will preserve and enhance cultural resources while improving both vehicular and pedestrian transportation networks. A key outcome of the participatory planning process was the decision to reuse a picturesque historic trolley line as the backbone of a new multi-use trail system connecting all of the major mission, community and historic destinations.
The ADP also emphasizes compact, low impact development and consolidation of functions onto a smaller footprint as a means to reduce maintenance costs. Working closely with the installation environmental staff, Louis Berger also provided landscape standards and a green infrastructure plan to minimize flooding, control erosion and protect stream corridors.
Each year, the Federal Planning Division of the American Planning Association recognizes outstanding planning and land management projects. The award was presented at the Federal Planning Division Annual Awards Dinner on May 4, 2017, in New York, N.Y.