The Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association (NNECAPA) announced the recipients of their 2002 Awards Program at their annual meeting held recently in Providence, RI. The following northern New England planners and projects were recognized for their hard work and dedication to the field of land use planning and the communities of northern New England: “2002 Professional Planner of the Year” – Gregory Brown, Commissioner, VT Dept. of Housing & Community Affairs.Gregory Brown, was recognized for his many years of professional service as an educator at Landmark College, regional planner with the Windham Regional Commission, and Planning Director, and later Commissioner, of Housing and Community Affairs.“2002 Citizen Planner of the Year” – John Ewing, Board Chair, VT Forum on Sprawl, Burlington, VT.John Ewing was recognized for his leadership and commitment as a “Citizen Planner.” John has been a devoted advocate for planning and community betterment for more than 40 years. He has played an active role in making Vermont a better place to live and work in a number of professional and volunteer capacities. He had utilized his tremendous talents to eloquently articulate the importance of land use management as a practicing attorney, former member of the Burlington Planning Commission, appointee to the District 5 Environmental Commission and later the VT Environmental Board, and most recently as the founder and current Board Chair of the VT Forum on Sprawl. He has been an active volunteer in state, local and nonprofit organizations.“2002 Planning Project of the Year” – Town of Williston, VT for the “Williston Residential Growth Management Plan.”The “Williston Residential Growth Management Plan” prepared by the Town of Williston was recognized with the Planning Project Award. This project has been evolving over many years utilizing both regulatory and non-regulatory techniques. A comprehensive plan set forth the vision, while the zoning ordinance established the basic land use patterns. The Town maintains this pattern through a sewer allocation ordinance that established areas for future growth in the sewer service area. The rate of residential growth was addressed in the residential growth management process, while design concerns are considered through a design review process. Finally, the Town also has taken steps to protect its open spaces with an environmental conservation fund that is used to purchase development rights on key open spaces. This is a very ambitious and comprehensive approach with many elements frequently considered as “Smart Growth.”“2002 Plan of the Year” – City of Nashua, NH for the Nashua 2000 Master Plan.The City of Nashua, NH was recognized with the Plan of the Year Award. This outstanding plan provides a comprehensive vision for further growth and redevelopment in one of New Hampshire’s largest and fastest growing areas. A full color summary of the plan was printed in newspaper tabloid format and distributed to residents. The placement of the plan on the city’s website and the CD version has made the vision of the city accessible to all local residents and to those looking to relocate there.NNECAPA is one of 48 Chapters and 18 Divisions within the American Planning Association (APA), and serves APA members in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The American Planning Association is a non-profit public interest and research organization representing 30,000 practicing planners, officials, and citizens involved with urban and rural planning issues across the country.