Thursday, March 23, 2017

Call for conference presentations now open

Conference planning is well underway. For full details on the 2017 API-PEIAP conference, taking place in Charlottetown September 27-29, visit atlanticplanners.org.

The conference committee is accepting proposals for conference presentations until April 28, 2017.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Save the date

The PEI Association of Planners, in association with the Atlantic Planners Institute, is pleased to announce that the 2017 API conference will take place in Charlottetown from September 27-29, 2017.

Stay tuned for more information on the conference theme and the call for presentation submissions.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Charlottetown Parks & Rec Winner of 2016 Pinchuk Community Builder Award

The Charlottetown Parks and Recreation Department has been selected as the winner of the 2016 P.E.I. Association of Planners Murray Pinchuk Community Builder Award for its vegetable planter program.

The Murray Pinchuk Community Builder Award is a local award presented by the P.E.I. Association of Planners to recognize an individual, group or organization that has through their outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making their community a better place today and for the future. The award is presented annually on or around November 8, which is World Town Planning Day.


In 2010, the Parks and Recreation Department planted tomatoes instead of flowers in the center of the existing planters at Victoria Park. Since 2011, all of the planters have been filled with vegetables. Currently, there are 10 planters at Victoria Park, some at different heights to accommodate users. One is a lasagna bed, where the turf is covered with cardboard and then layers of green and brown compost are added to the bed and left to decompose creating a nutrient rich organic bed with little effort. All of the planters are tended by Parks and Recreation horticulture staff.


Each year, the department has planted new and interesting vegetables, such as okra and broccolini. The produce in the vegetable planters is available for public use. In 2016, three vegetable planters were placed in Orlebar Park. Local residents have been involved in the maintenance and harvesting vegetables.


 More planters will be filled with vegetables in additional locations next summer.


City of Charlottetown Parkland Conservationist Beth Hoar accepted the award from the P.E.I. Association of Planners on behalf of the Parks and Recreation Department.


Food security is one of the goals under the City’s sustainability plan. The vegetable planter initiative has evolved to include community outreach, such as the Gardening in Small Spaces Workshops and National Garden Days and it is now an inter-departmental City initiative.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Nominations now open - 2016 Community Builder

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Murray Pinchuk Community Builder Award. Nominations can be submitted online or by email. For email submissions, please contact the PEIAP for an electronic nomination form. See our Awards page for full details.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Release - 2015 Murray Pinchuk Community Builder Award goes to the Town of North Rustico


The Town of North Rustico has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Murray Pinchuk Community Builder Award for the Town’s work on Seawalk Park.

The Award will be presented at the Town Office located at 106 Riverside Drive on Friday, November 6th at 11:00 am to celebrate World Town Planning Day on November 8th. Planners in 30 countries mark this day by talking to community or student groups, or sponsoring activities that highlight the importance of planning in their community.

The Murray Pinchuk Community Builder Award is a local award presented by the Prince Edward Island Association of Planners to recognize an individual, group or organization that has through their outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making their community a better place today and for the future.

The North Rustico submission was recognized for positively impacting the built environment by creating a people place that provides attractions for local residents and visitors alike. The new Welcome Centre for tourists is complemented by providing a venue for local artisans to display their work in an environment that is fully accessible to everyone. The area is further complemented by relocating playground equipment to one central location in the park. The planning community recognizes that this project has something for everyone in the community and brings people together in a manner that takes advantage of their natural environment through good design.

The attached photograph was taken at an event called music in the park on July 29th, 2015 which illustrates how all of the planning elements come together to make Seawalk Park a worthy recipient of this year’s award.

Media are invited to attend.

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Contact Information:

Alex Forbes, MCIP
President, PEI Association of Planners
(c)902-388-4115 (w) 902-963-3211
aforbes@charlottetown.ca

Marley Doucet
Town of North Rustico
mdoucette.northrustico@gmail.com

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Seeking nominations - 2015 Award

The PEI Association of Planners is now seeking nominations for the 2015 Pinchuk Community Builder Award.

The Murray Pinchuk Community Builder Award is an award offered by the PEI Association of Planners to recognize an individual, group or organization that has, through their outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making their Prince Edward Island community a better place today and for the future in a way that touches on either the built or natural environment.

This may include life-long service, excellence in site design, innovative or accessible planning method or technique, promoting land use planning in their community, or any other exemplary achievement enhancing the interaction between people and their environment.

The Pinchuk Community Builder Award recognizes the highest standard of community building excellence in the public and private realms. The award will be presented on November 8th, World Town Planning Day.


Nomination

Individuals, groups or organizations may be nominated by members of the PEI Association of Planners or the public.

To nominate a candidate, the nominator should complete a nomination form describing the efforts and achievements of the nominee. Self-nominations are permitted.

Selection

Recipients will be selected by the Association. Nominations shall be valid for one year after submission, during which time the nominee may be selected to be recognized. The award recipient will be presented with a certificate from PEI Association of Planners.

Eligibility

Eligible nominees may include:

  1. Individuals, or nonprofit or charitable organizations, implementing projects and programs within PEI that contribute towards the building of more complete communities.
  2. Municipalities that have taken extra steps to promote planning excellence in their community.
  3. Developers or private sector organizations that have promoted design or community integration through their projects.

Individuals must have demonstrated community involvement for a minimum of 2 years.

Completed nomination forms (link) must be received by October 1. Questions can be sent to the PEI Association of Planners.