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City receives award for Downtown Plan

Sequim Gazette staff

The City of Sequim’s Downtown Plan has won an honorable mention award from the Washington American Planning Association and Planning Association of Washington on Nov. 14.

 

Richard Hart, chairman of the awards committee, presented Mayor Ken Hays with the award in the category of Physical Plans – Small Cities and Counties, saying, “It is a great piece of planning work for a unique small town with a different demographic.”

 

Plan development involved the community with an advisory group of downtown business operators, open houses, public meetings and working groups.

 

Agencies involved with the plan include the City of Sequim, LMN Architects, Studio Cascade, Fehr & Peers, Inc., Leland Consulting Group, Lorax Partners and Sollod Studio.

 

“Our new Downtown Plan responds to many growth challenges and opens new opportunities to enhance the economic and social vitality of our city center,” said Chris Hugo, Sequim director of community development. “The many community and downtown interests that invested their time and energy in the creation of this plan hold high expectations for the future it offers.”

 

Hays said he has great aspirations for downtown Sequim.

 

“I believe that our new plan and code will carry it into the future in a way that will serve Sequim’s residents and merchants well,” he said.

 

The City of Sequim plans to implement many short-term goals from the plan in 2012.

 

Contact the City of Sequim, 152 W. Cedar St., at 683-4139.

 

 

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