The City was notified this week that Fullerton’s Transportation Center Specific Plan Project has been selected to receive the “2011 Neighborhood Planning Award” given by the California chapter of the American Planning Association.
The award will be presented in September at the association’s annual conference.
The Transportation Center Specific Plan project is a blueprint for the further development of the 39-acre Transportation Center into an active, mixed-use, transit-oriented community.
Elements of the project, which was developed with considerable citizen involvement, include multi-family housing for various income levels, commercial and office space, and a small hotel.
Jay Eastman, senior planner for the city, said the purpose of the plan “is to create a sustainable transit-oriented neighborhood near the Fullerton Train Station, which currently serves 3,000 passengers daily. The plan includes enhancements to the OCTA bus transfer facility, which will be integrated with the station and a new public parking structure.”
Community Development Director Al Zelinka added: “The Fullerton Transportation Center Specific Plan is a tool that emerged from a public-private partnership committed to facilitating investment while respecting the Fullerton community’s values surrounding the historic transportation center area.
“Public officials, community members, property and business owners, City staff, investors and others worked hard to create this strategic plan. This award, combined with others received to date, is an indication that Fullerton is positioning itself for a prosperous future.”
The APA California Chapter’s award is the fifth major honor the Transportation Center Specific Plan Project has received.
The first award came last September when Fullerton was chosen as one of five California cities to receive the “gold” designation for the plan under the state Housing and Community Development Department’s “Catalyst Projects for California Sustainable Strategies Pilot Program.”
The designation came with a grant of $1.35 million in funds from the state’s Innovative Homeownership Program.
Other awards include the “2011 Compass Blueprint Award for Sustained Leadership” from the Southern California Association of Governments; the “2011 “Best of the Best Vision Award” from the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Orange County/Inland Empire Section; and the “2011 Neighborhood Planning Award” from the Orange County Section of the American Planning Association.
Further information about the plan or the “Vision Award” may be obtained by calling Eastman at (714) 738-6549, or by emailing him at email@example.com.