June 17, 2010
by Canadian Architect
Toronto urban planning and design firm planningAlliance and the Amman Institute for Urban Development have been awarded the Canadian Institute of Planners’ 2010 Award for Planning Excellence for an International Development Project.
The award recognizes the Greater Amman Municipality Zoning Regime, a project designed to help the Kingdom of Jordan’s capital city plan intelligently for rapid urban growth over the next 20 years. Amman’s population is forecasted to triple during that time. Written in simple language and using graphics and tables throughout, the regime is a user-friendly document that emphasizes urban design, landscaping, open space, parking and building massing as critical urban form-makers.
The zoning regime includes new, expanded residential development categories that offer a range of housing types, greater consumer choice and affordability. Discretionary Urban Design Guidelines based on local best-practices feature prominently within the regime, to direct site design and Amman’s new development review processes.
The new zoning regime represents the first time Amman’s Zoning Regime has included Open Space and Natural Heritage categories and sustainable design initiatives such as xeriscaping and transit-oriented design. Modern parking and loading requirements emphasize flexibility and build upon GAM’s commitment to public transportation and mixed-use development.
By emphasizing form over use, the Amman Zoning Regime has become a best practice model throughout the region as other municipalities begin to update and modernize their regulatory regimes. The process involved extensive engagement with local residents, academics, architectural and design professionals.
The Amman Plan was awarded the World Leadership Award in Town Planning in December 2007 by the World Leadership Forum.