In their deliberations for the 2014 Driehaus Awards, the Form-Based Code Institute jury determined that rather than awarding a single top Driehaus Award this year they will recognize a number of exemplary codes with Honorable Mention. The Downtown Soledad Specific Plan development code received this honor, "because of its clear and effective graphics, brevity, conciseness, all built on an exemplary community visioning process, as a model for small towns."
Under the project leadership of Lisa Wise Consulting, Sargent Town Planning led the preparation of the vision plan, urban design and illustration. Tony Perez - at that time a senior planner with Raimi + Associates and now the Director of Form-Based Coding with Opticos Design - was the lead code writer, with Nelson Nygaard providing multi-modal transportation planning and design support. The plan and code were based on the community consenus and conceptual urban design devleoped through a public workshop and charrette process, co-led by Lisa Wise Consulting and Sargent Town Planning in May 2011. The Specific Plan was adopted by a unanimous vote of the Soledad City Council in September 2012.