RDG’s Vision For Clear Lake, Iowa, Wins Outstanding Plan Award

APA Honors Downtown Plan for Town of 8,000
OMAHA, Nebr.–A downtown development plan for Clear Lake, Iowa–a lakeside community of 8,000 in the north central part of the state–won the Iowa American Planning Association’s 2005 Outstanding Plan Award. RDG Planning and Design, the Omaha- and Des Moines-based firm that developed the Clear Lake plan, accepted the award October 20 at the Iowa APA/American Society of Landscape Architects joint conference in Des Moines.
Marty Shukert, RDG’s principal planner and a former Omaha planning director, led the Clear Lake project, a collaboration of landscape architecture and community planning personnel in RDG’s Omaha and Des Moines offices. Shukert is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, APA’s professional institute.
Awards are judged on their originality, innovation, transferability to other communities, quality, comprehensiveness, public participation, effectiveness, and results, explains RDG planner Gary Lozano. “The test of a good plan is its ability to bring about positive reactions in the private market,” adds Cory Scott, also a planner at RDG, “[and] to set positive forces in motion.” In this case, says Scott, the RDG plan involved the entire community in setting and achieving goals, in part building on Clear Lake’s “brand” as a “gentle resort.” Clear Lake’s population almost doubles in size during the summer, when visitors and summer residents fill local inns and lakeshore cottages.
RDG Planning & Design offers professional services in architecture, landscape architecture, interior and lighting design, strategic planning, urban and comprehensive planning, and graphic design. RDG and its predecessor companies have been serving clients since 1965. The firm currently has active projects in more than 25 states.
APA is a nonprofit public-interest and research organization committed to urban, suburban, regional, and rural planning.

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