The 2013 Groves Award was presented to the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council at the 21st Congress for the New Urbanism in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Opening Plenary on Wednesday, May 29th. The Groves Award for outstanding leadership and vision by a public official or agency in the promotion of Transect-based planning is given jointly by the Transect Codes Council and the Congress for the New Urbanism. The award is named in honor of Ken Groves, the late planning director of the City of Montgomery, Alabama. Through his leadership, Montgomery began its journey back to prominence and sustainability. The Groves Award is one of the CNU’s highest honors.
The jury selected the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council because of the group’s long term leadership in furthering regional knowledge of Transect-based planning and coding. Included in TCRPC’s Transect-based accomplishments is the St. Lucie Towns, Villages and Countryside Plan which was adopted in 2006.
The jury wanted to especially recognize that since 1989 the Council has been providing town planning and urban design assistance on request to local governments in the region and, more recently, in other areas of the state. After over 50 public charrettes, TCRPC’s Urban Design Studio is known throughout the state and throughout the nation.