American Planning Association Announces 2017 National Planning Award Recipients

CHICAGO--()--The American Planning Association (APA) honors comprehensive planning efforts and inspiring individuals with its 2017 National Planning Excellence and Achievement Awards.

APA’s national awards program is a proud tradition established more than 50 years ago to recognize outstanding community plans, planning programs and initiatives, public education efforts, and individuals for their leadership on planning issues. These efforts help create communities of lasting value throughout the country – and around the world.

Each year, APA recognizes outstanding efforts in planning and planning leadership through its National Planning Excellence and Achievement Awards. The two-tier awards are selected through a juried process. Excellence recipients are the highest honor and Achievement Awards recognize areas of specialization with the planning profession.

Five recipients were selected to receive APA’s National Planning Excellence Awards and 12 recipients were selected to receive Achievement Awards. Award recipients will be recognized during APA’s National Planning Conference at a special awards luncheon on Monday, May 8, 2017, in New York City. Read more about the 2017 award recipients, access images and supplemental materials.

2017 National Planning Excellence Recipients

National Planning Excellence Award for Planning Pioneers
Lawrence P. Witzling, PhD, AIA, ASLA—Milwaukee, Wisconsin

National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Landmark
Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve –Montgomery County, Maryland

Pierre L’Enfant International Planning Excellence Award
Bhubaneswar Smart City Plan – Odisha, India

Advancing Diversity & Social Change in Honor of Paul Davidoff
Near Northside Quality of Life Agreement (QLA) 2015 – Houston, Texas

Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan
Plano Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan – Plano, Texas

National Planning Achievement Awards

The Achievement Awards are a way for the awards jury to recognize good planning work and are similar to an honorable mention.

National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice | Gold
Urban Development Areas and Technical Assistance Grant Program – Commonwealth of Virginia

National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice | Silver
Placemaking for an Aging Population: Guidelines for Senior-Friendly Parks – Los Angeles, California

National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice | Silver
Historic Fort Ord Regional Urban Design Guidelines – Monterey Bay, California

National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice | Silver
Plan 2020: The Bicentennial Plan for Indianapolis – Indianapolis, Indiana

National Planning Achievement Award for Economic Development Planning | Gold
Wynwood Neighborhood Revitalization District – Wynwood, Miami, Florida

National Planning Achievement Award for Environmental Planning | Gold
Colorado Resiliency Framework – State of Colorado

National Planning Achievement Award for Environmental Planning | Silver
Millvale Ecodistrict Pivot Plan – Millvale, Pennsylvania

National Planning Achievement Award for a Grassroots Initiative | Gold
Huerta del Valle Community Garden – Ontario, California

National Planning Achievement Award for Implementation | Gold
Arlington County’s Smart Growth Journey – Arlington County, Virginia

National Planning Achievement Award for Public Outreach | Gold
The Game of Floods – Marin County, California

National Planning Achievement Award for Transportation Planning | Gold
Bicycle Master Plan Stress Map – Montgomery County, Maryland

National Planning Achievement Award for Urban Design | Gold
Austin Historic Cemeteries Master Plan – Austin, Texas

“Good planning is not just preparing the community for the future, but engaging the residents in the discussions and decision-making that will impact their lives,” said W. Shedrick Coleman, AIA, 2017 chair of APA’s Awards Jury. “This year’s award recipients advanced the planning profession by more thoroughly engaging all residents in the planning process.”

For a complete list of all the APA 2017 National Planning Excellence and Achievement Award recipients, visit www.planning.org/awards.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning -- physical, economic, and social -- so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. For more information, visit www.planning.org.

Contacts

APA
Roberta Rewers
312-786-6395
rrewers@planning.org

Release Summary

The American Planning Association (APA) honors comprehensive planning efforts and inspiring individuals with its 2017 National Planning Excellence and Achievement Awards.

Contacts

APA
Roberta Rewers
312-786-6395
rrewers@planning.org