Students win national planning award for Fourth Plain project

The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) has named the city of Vancouver’s Fourth Plain Forward Action Plan as recipients of a Student Project Award in the “Best Applications of the Planning Process” category. The winners will be formally recognized at the association’s 2016 National Planning Conference in Phoenix, Arizona next month.

The Fourth Plain Forward Action Plan lays out strategies and actions for economic development of the East Fourth Plain corridor. It was completed in June 2015 for the city of Vancouver by a team of six graduate students from the Portland State University’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program. The student team included Mandia Gonzales, Jamin Kimmell, Eddie Montejo, Lauren Patton, Kate Rogers and Anthony Thompson.

“We are pleased that this action plan and the talented group of planners who wrote it have received national recognition from the planning community,” said Chad Eiken, community and economic development director for the city. “The plan is an important tool for the city and will guide our future work helping to revitalize the Fourth Plain Corridor.”

Between January and June 2015, the student team conducted extensive research and interviews, collected and analyzed data, worked with city staff and engaged the Fourth Plain community to develop the action plan.

The plan was also shaped by community partners who are active on the corridor, including C-TRAN; Clark County Public Health; Clark College; Americans Building Community; the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber; the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce; Vancouver Public Schools; the League of United Latin American Citizens; numerous neighborhood associations and more.