APA California Chapter and Central Valley Section Award for Comprehensive Planning (1995)
Awahnee Award (1995)
Chico, located at the northern end of Sacramento Valley, is a city with a strong traditional character and graceful streets. The city is home to a campus of the California State University and a major medical center. Bidwell Park, the third largest urban park in the country, stretches from the Sierra foothills to downtown, and is a dominant community organizational element.
Working with a 41-member Task Force, Dyett & Bhatia prepare a new General Plan that allowed agreement to be reached between strong environmental and pro-growth groups, and was adopted unanimously by the City Council. As part of the plan, policies that encourage development of pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods, and natural resource conservation areas were identified. Neighborhood centers were carefully sited throughout the city to promote walkability, and extensive design policies were included for new neighborhood development.