Brian and Amanda Light have transformed the historic Downtown Bryan Ice House from a vacant building into a lively, bustling farm-to-table restaurant that has become a go-to spot for entertainment. That’s why the Lights, owners of Ronin Restaurant, were honored with the 2019 Mayor’s Downtown Impact Award.
The City of Bryan’s Planning and Development Services Department is one of only 39 across the state of Texas to be selected as a recipient of the Richard R. Lillie, FAICP Planning Excellence Recognition Program from the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association. This award recognizes Texas planning departments that increase community awareness of the importance of planning, aid in economic development, and assist with the overall image of the community.
To be considered for the award, planning departments must commit to supporting the educational development of its professional planning staff and appointed planning officials. It is named for Richard Lillie, who helped plan Austin city growth from 1965 to 1984 and who was once referred to as the “Most competent planning director in the southwest.”
“To receive this recognition four years in a row and for the fifth time since its inception more than 20 years ago speaks to the quality of planning professionals and volunteers we currently have in our city,” Assistant Director of Development Services Martin Zimmermann said. “Our planning efforts such as the Midtown Area Plan consider all aspects of community development, focus on preserving neighborhood integrity and promote responsible growth.”
Working hand in hand with the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Historic Landmark Commission, the City Council, and the community at-large, the City of Bryan Planning Department staff focuses their efforts on providing quality customer service and education through team work and positive relationships, to guide and promote quality development.
“Our city continues to be very fortunate to have high quality staff as part of our development services responsibilities. I could not be more proud of them,” Mayor Andrew Nelson said.
Bryan planners accepted the award during the APA Texas Chapter’s state conference in Waco in early November. The Bryan City Council presented the award to city planners on Nov. 12, 2019.
To learn more about the City of Bryan Planning Department, please visit www.bryantx.gov or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 979.209.5030.