Excellence in Small Town and Rural Planning

Deadline: November 21, 2013

Entry Form (rtf)

The Small Town and Rural (STAR) Planning Division invites nominations for its Planning Awards to recognize outstanding individuals and projects for their contribution to planning excellence in small town and rural communities. The program is open to any individual, organization, or consulting firm involved in planning for small town and rural areas. Members of the Awards Committee (and their organizations) are not eligible for an award. Nominated plans, projects, programs and studies must have been completed within two years of the nomination submittal date. For Comprehensive Plans and Special Project Plans prepared by consultants, the award recipient shall be the client for whom the planning activity was conducted.

The categories are:

Small Town and Rural Planner
Given to an individual in public service, academia or the private sector that has made an outstanding contribution to planning in their community.

Comprehensive Plan or Special Project Plan
Given to an outstanding comprehensive plan or special project plan that addressed the development of a neighborhood, community, county or region.

Planning Initiative
Given to an outstanding initiative or program in public education, workshops, ordinances, or enforcement that promotes planning in small towns and rural areas.

Student Project
Given to an outstanding project by a graduate or undergraduate class or individual that addresses a planning issue facing small town or rural areas.

Award recipients will receive the award, a one-year membership in the STAR Division, and will pay some reimbursement of travel, lodging and/or registration expenses for public sector or academic employees to attend the APA National Planning Conference. Additional copies of the award may be ordered for support staff and consultants at a nominal cost.

Awards Committee

The STAR Executive Committee has appointed a four-member Awards Committee responsible for evaluating award nominees. All awards will be made at the sole discretion of the Awards Committee. The Committee may grant more than one award in each category.

The Awards Committee will use the following criteria in its consideration of award nominees:

  • Innovation
  • Quality
  • Measurable results and implementation
  • Role of Elected Officials
  • Transferability
  • Collaboration/Public Involvement
  • Long-Term Sustainability and/or use of Smart Growth Principles

Nomination Procedures

Submission must be in electronic form (pdf file format) and may be made via e-mail, Dropbox, FTP site or a mailed USB drive or CD-ROM.

A complete nomination package includes the following:

  • Award Nomination Entry Form;
  • A Summary Statement indicating why the nominee merits the award;
  • The plan or project report being nominated, or a resume/biography of the individual being nominated (Carol Thomas Award);
  • Letters in support of the nomination;
  • Any supporting reports, plans, articles, newsletters or other supporting documentation¬†(CD-ROM is an acceptable format);
  • A check for the nomination fee made payable to APA STAR Division, $25 if nomination is made by Division member, $100 if nomination is made by a non-member; and
  • A copy of a prepared news release with forwarding address.

Submit Completed Electronic Entry Packets and Mail Checks to:

STaR Awards Committee c/o Shai Roos, AICP
1445 Ross Avenue #4775
Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: 817-368-2901
sroos12@hotmail.com

Awards recipients will be notified as soon as possible and invited to receive their award at the Division Business Meeting and Reception at the APA National Planning Conference. As a public sector or academic award recipient, the Division will pay some reimbursement of travel, lodging and/or registration expenses to attend the Division reception. The Division will make other arrangements to present awards to recipients who are unable to attend the Conference.

Questions

For further information, contact Shai Roos, AICP at 817-368-2901 or sroos12@hotmail.com.

Previous Awards Recipients

The nominees were judged by a four-person jury consisting of Mickey Rhoades (City of Warrenton, Virginia), Paul Bednar, AICP (Paul Bednar Planning & Design, Ltd, Illinois), Leanne Harter, AICP (Story County, Iowa), and Jon Sevald (Sherburne County, Minnesota).

Previous award recipients