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Memphis 3.0 Comprehensive Plan wins award
Memphis 3.0 Comprehensive Plan wins Tennessee’s Outstanding Plan Award for 2019
Posted on 10/10/2019
Memphis 3.0, the City of Memphis’ first comprehensive plan for growth since 1981, has been selected by the Tennessee chapter of the American Planning Association for the Outstanding Plan Award for 2019. The announcement was made during the annual state planning conference in Franklin.

Memphis 3.0 wins awardAccepting the award for the City were John Zeanah, director of the Memphis and Shelby County Division of Planning and Development; Ashley Cash, administrator of the City’s Office of Comprehensive Planning; Angelica Carey, planner with the
Office of Comprehensive Planning;
and Faria Urmy, intern with the Office of Comprehensive Planning.

The award honors the Memphis 3.0 Comprehensive Plan as the state’s best in 2019. The award nomination notes the high level of community involvement of over 15,000 residents and over 400 public meetings and activities, as well as the innovative use of community-based anchors as the building block of new growth, investment, transportation connections, and redevelopment policy in neighborhoods across the City.

The Memphis 3.0 Comprehensive Plan process began in November 2016 and continued for over two years. The plan was adopted as the City’s general plan for physical development by the Memphis & Shelby County Land Use Control Board on February 14, 2019 and adopted by Executive Order of Mayor Jim Strickland on May 14, 2019.

Though Memphis 3.0 is a 20-year plan for growth and development, numerous achievements have been made in the months since adoption. Two implementation funds have been
established based on the recommendations of the Memphis 3.0 plan: An Affordable Housing Trust Fund and the Community Catalyst Fund. The City has also created the Community Coalition Building Program to further engage citizens of Memphis in planning activities in their communities and completed a Climate Action Plan. Finally, several place-based activities have begun across the City, including investments in Binghampton and Whitehaven; introduction of a tax increment financing (TIF) district in Raleigh; and expansion of the Uptown TIF into three North Memphis communities.

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