In September 2014, Brian Mooney was given the Award of Honor from the California Chapter of the American Planning Association, Planner Emeritus Network. The Chapter presents the award annually in recognition to planners outstanding lifetime contribution to professional planning in California.
Project Director for design of a conceptual master plan for the long-term development of the region surrounding the Salton Sea within the Salton Sea Authority (SSA) Boundary. The intent of the plan was to demonstrate the potential economic viability for the SSA’s goal of preserving a large portion of the surface area of the Salton Sea as a recreational amenity. Development of the plan involved a series of outreach meetings to gather input from property owners, SSA members and other stakeholders. Utilization of existing infrastructure and smart planning principles, property ownership, avoidance of hazardous materials and preservation of sensitive cultural, environmental and agricultural resources played important roles in shaping the plan. This plan received the San Diego Chapter of the APA Award for Outstanding Special Project of the Year.
Project Director. Mr. Mooney managed the revision and updates of all elements of the City’s General Plan and Zoning and Subdivision ordinances. In addition to the mandatory General Plan elements, he prepared an optional economic development element which included an analysis of the industrial, commercial, retail, tourism, and financial opportunities on a citywide basis. This plan received the San Diego Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) Award for Outstanding Plan of the Year.
Project Director. Mr. Mooney prepared a Community Identity and Scenic Roadways Element of the City of Vista’s General Plan. This element creates a distinguished vision for Vista and identifies a series of programs to be implemented over the next 20 years to achieve the community’s goals. He developed and implemented an extensive citywide outreach program to ensure community input into goals and recommendations of the element. The culmination of the outreach program was establishment of neighborhood and citywide goals and guidelines, which received consensus among the neighborhoods. This program received the San Diego Chapter of the APA Award for Outstanding Planning Category.