Michael Baker Project Wins Opportunity and Empowerment Award

June 27, 2016

Company Helped to Develop Vision Plan to Revitalize City

Image-2_Banner.jpgMichael Baker International recently earned accolades for development of the Chandler Area Community Vision Plan for the city of Eastvale in southwest California. The American Planning Association – California Chapter/Inland Empire Section presented the Michael Baker team with the Opportunity and Empowerment Award, which recognizes a plan, program or project that improves quality of life for low- and moderate-income community residents. 

The Chandler area of Eastvale is one of the oldest parts of the city and has a mix of large-lot residential, commercial, agricultural, and semi-industrial uses that reflects the area’s original use as a place where dairy workers and their families lived, shopped, ate, and worked. Because this area was already mostly developed when the conversion from dairies to homes began in Eastvale, it was bypassed during more recent development and remains much as it was before development within Eastvale occurred.

Michael Baker worked with leaders and residents to develop a Vision Plan, identifying the community’s long-term vision over the next 20 to 30 years. The team provided planning consultation and guidance on a daily basis and played a critical role in conducting community outreach and plan preparation.

This Chandler Area Vision Plan:
  • -Identifies local issues and concerns and sets out a vision for the area.
  • -Identifies opportunities for the City, landowners, and public agencies to make short-, mid-, and long- term investments in infrastructure and services to improve the quality of life in the area.
  • -Identifies areas where little change is feasible, improvements are needed, and where transformation potential is highest in the Chandler Area.
IMG_4534.jpgCathy Perring (technical consultant, Planning Practice) accepted the award on Michael Baker’s behalf during the IES-APA award ceremony in May.