50th ANNUAL STATE CONFERENCE | Planning for the Challenges of Tomorrow

The 2022 Annual Conference of the Nevada Chapter of the American Planning Association in Association with the Nevada Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects is scheduled for October 17th-19th and will be held in the City of Las Vegas at the Plaza Hotel.

SCHEDULE: Click link below to access the conference schedule.

2022 Conference Schedule

50th Annual Nevada APA State Conference Award Winners

2022 Outstanding Plan | City of Las Vegas 2050 Master Plan

The 2050 Master Plan emerged from broad public input and a wealth of data on changing demographics, changing climate and GIS analysis of land use alternatives. The team developed a customized modeling tool to analyze potential land use changes in the city and assess their impacts on critical elements such water consumption and transit system capacity. These insights help craft effective policies that support smarter, more sustainable development and quality of life improvements for Las Vegas residents. Engagement efforts focused on education and building consensus among officials and the public to address needs ranging from affordable housing to sustainable, transit-oriented development. Five guiding principles are the foundation of the plan: Create a city that is equitable, resilient, healthy, livable and innovative, with a vision “to become a leader in resilient, healthy cities and provide equitable access to services, education and jobs in the new economy.”

2022 Outstanding Individual Project | shareDOWNTOWN Arts District

shareDOWNTOWN opened its first residential apartment building in the heart of downtown Las Vegas' burgeoning Arts District in 2020. The planners of the apartment building sought to reinvent downtown living by creating a modern live/work/play urban lifestyle with unique amenities and relaxing, personal spaces that feature stylish design and high-end finishes, all in a dynamic downtown location.

The project leveraged innovation and value engineering to create a cost-effective apartment project in downtown Las Vegas with the goal to provide additional and new for rent apartments in an area needing new alternatives.  shareDOWNTOWN's commitment to innovation allows for both a high level of energy efficiency as well as a residential lifestyle that caters to working from home trend.

shareDOWNTOWN wanted to take advantage of the significant public infrastructure upgrades that had been done in the Arts District to support a greener community by making the area more pedestrian and bicycle friendly. The development team capitalized on the roadway improvements by participating in the local bike share program with several bicycles and e-bikes available on-site for rental use for trips around downtown. Similarly, shareDOWNTOWN’s development team knew that their plan to reinvent living in downtown Las Vegas by creating an unmatched live-work-play lifestyle needed to go beyond its walls and construction. They wanted to build a renewed sense of community. Partnering with downtown Las Vegas businesses to the benefit of residents has also been a hallmark of shareDOWNTOWN. 

2022 Outstanding Public Outreach and Journalism | City of Henderson Valley View Neighborhood Resource Fair & Cleanup

Various City of Henderson departments and community partners hosted the Valley View Neighborhood Resource Fair & Cleanup Event on Saturday Nov. 6, 2021, at Morell Park to serve the residents of the Valley View Neighborhood and surrounding East Henderson area. This event served as a collaborative, City-led initiative to implement a myriad of existing plan strategies by building on current development momentum and leveraging shared resources, programming, and community partnerships. The goal was to bring together complementary initiatives and work strategically to preserve, serve, and invest in one of Henderson’s oldest neighborhoods, while simultaneously supporting recent investment in the nearby Eastside.

Nearly 30 community partners were engaged, including numerous city departments, coming together to provide vital resources on housing, healthcare, education, employment, legal services, safety, city services and infrastructure, and more to numerous families and individuals. The marketing and outreach effort was strategic yet robust; reaching more than 70,000 residents and attracting approximately 200 residents to access resources and services directly that day.

2022 Citizen Planner | Jean Payton

Jean Peyton has been a planning advocate for people of all abilities in Nevada for over 25 years. Her work as a citizen planner started in 1997 through a Clark County planning course for grassroots organizations, which provided a forum for connecting with County staff and building an understanding of government. She has been relied upon by Nevada’s congressional delegation to weigh in on proposed policies and legislation, and served as a volunteer mediator for Clark County’s Neighborhood Justice Court.

 With a passion for helping people overcome transportation barriers, Jean currently volunteers on two committees at the RTC: the Transportation Resource Advisory Committee and the Transportation Access Advisory Committee where she serves as Chair. In 2020, Jean also volunteered to lead the RTC’s Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee, where she supports implementation of this regional plan that focuses on meeting the mobility needs of older adults and people of all abilities and incomes.

We are proud to award this year’s Citizen Planner award to Jean Peyton. Thanks for all that you do to support planning advocacy and your work to make our community better for all.

2022 Professional Planner | Lisa Corrado, AICP

Lisa Corrado is a highly skilled public policy strategist who aligns and secures resources to make transformative change. Lisa currently serves as the Director of Community Development & Services for the City of Henderson. She has advocated to more directly influence social issues, including addressing housing insecurity and homelessness, behavioral health, and substance misuse. She has over 15 years’ of experience and oversees a diverse department including land use and zoning, development services, code enforcement, building and fire safety, and neighborhood services.

Lisa exudes and expects excellence in her planning endeavors and has built quality into the professional team norms of the department and divisions she oversees. She encourages innovation and is always open to process improvements for the betterment of the customer and community she serves.

She fosters career development for planners within the field and proactively builds bridges to accompanying fields. She is a true advocate and mentor and certainly deserves this recognition as this years Distinguished Professional Planner award.

2022 Elected Official | Councilman Isaac Barron

Isaac E. Barron was elected to represent City Council Ward 1 in June 2013; he was reelected for a second term in April 2017. He holds the distinction of being the first Hispanic member of the North Las Vegas City Council and Southern Nevada's first Hispanic Mayor Pro Tempore.   Isaac  is a native of North Las Vegas and an award-winning Clark County high school teacher with 27 years under his belt.

He has long been a community activist and advocate for North Las Vegas youth, mentoring students after school and leading volunteer efforts for community improvement projects.

2022 Presidents Award | Michael Moreno

This year’s president award is presented posthumous to a planning advocate that we lost this year, Michael Moreno.

Michael was fiercely dedicated to his family and his community.  He served the public throughout his career while working for Senator Richard Bryan and the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County.  Michael was a strong supporter of the Nevada Division of the American Planning Association and many other not-for-profit community organizations, such as the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.  During his 20 years at RTC, Michael, pioneered innovations and nationally recognized best practices in community engagement.  His impact was reflected in the outpouring of praise from people throughout Nevada.  Proclamations were made in his honor by the Cities of Reno and Sparks and a flag was flown in his honor over the U.S. Capital.

Michael was tireless in his efforts to include diverse stakeholders and find creative ways to reach people who might not traditionally be involved in decision making.  He was committed to the principle that all planning and implementation efforts should be founded on robust community engagement.  So many of the transformative infrastructure investments in Northern Nevada were developed with Michael’s leadership, including Virginia Street RAPID transit, the SouthEast Connector, the 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit, and Pyramid-McCarran Intersection project, just to name a few.  None of these projects were easy, but Michael thrived on his ability to bring people together and work through difficult challenges.  He was a wonderful, caring friend and colleague who will continue to be greatly missed.  Our challenge is to continue his legacy of commitment to public service, a spirit of partnership, and dedication to excellence in community engagement