Chris Kluchman (courtesy photo)

Kluchman Set To Be Honored With Planning Profession’s Highest Honor

Westford’s Director of Land Use Planning has achieved the planning profession’s highest honor from the American Institute of Certified Planners, better known as the AICP.

Chris Kluchman (courtesy photo)

Chris Kluchman (courtesy photo)

Chris Kluchman will be honored next month as part of the AICP’s College of Fellows for her outstanding achievements in urban planning.

A current Lexington resident, Kluchman practiced in Oregon and Washington before moving to Massachusetts in 2004. In 2011, she became Westford’s new full-time planner before becoming Director of Land Use Planning in 2013.

In addition to her work in Massachusetts helping to organize Westford’s Strategic Planning Retreats and spearheading the town’s updated sign bylaw in 2013, she also played a significant role in producing “Sustainable Neighborhood Road Design: a Guidebook for Massachusetts Cities and Towns,” Seattle’s Pike/Pine Plan, and the extension of Portland, Oregon’s light rail to the airport.

Kluchman is one of 61 inductees into this year’s College of Fellows inductions, which occurs biennially. Currently there are only 508 members in the College of Fellows.

The inductions will take place at the American Planning Association’s annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona on April 3.