News Release: March 28, 2018

APA Announces 2018 National Planning Award Recipients

CHICAGO — The American Planning Association (APA) proudly recognizes the recipients of the 2018 National Planning Excellence and Achievement Awards. This year's honorees demonstrate how planning addresses the needs of communities for today, and tomorrow.

Each year, APA recognizes outstanding efforts in planning and planning leadership through its National Planning Excellence and Achievement Awards. Established more than 50 years ago, APA's national awards program is a proud tradition that recognizes achievements by individuals, planning departments, and government agencies for their leadership and innovation on planning issues. Their efforts help create communities of lasting value throughout the country — and around the world.

"The award recipients this year demonstrate the importance of engaging all community members and improving access and opportunity for all," said W. Shedrick Coleman, AIA, 2018 Awards Jury chair. "These recipients serve as national models for other communities."

The two-tiered awards are selected through a juried process. In 2018, five recipients were selected to receive APA's National Planning Excellence Awards, the highest honor, while 16 recipients earned Achievement Awards, which recognizes efforts in areas of specialization within the planning profession. All award recipients will be recognized during APA's National Planning Conference at a special awards luncheon on Monday, April 23, 2018, in New Orleans.

Find out more about each of the 2018 award recipients at www.planning.org/awards/2018/.

2018 National Planning Excellence Recipients

Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan

planokc

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

National Planning Excellence Award for Planning Pioneers

Margarita Piel McCoy, FAICP

Los Angeles, California

National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Advocate

Rick Tollakson

Des Moines, Iowa

Pierre L'Enfant International Planning Excellence Award

798 Arts District

Sasaki
Beijing, China

HUD Secretary's Opportunity & Empowerment Award

Westlawn Gardens

Milwaukee, Wisconsin



2018 National Planning Achievement Awards

National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice — Gold

LAC Regional Planning Spanish Planning Committee

Los Angeles, California

National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice — Silver

Accessory Dwelling Unit and Unit Legalization Program

San Francisco, California

Columbus-Franklin County Local Food System Planning

Columbus, Ohio

Planning Assistance for Thriving Communities

St. Paul, Minnesota

National Planning Achievement Award for Economic Development Planning — Gold

A Return to Past Prosperity: The ASARCO Redevelopment Project

Adams County, Colorado

National Planning Achievement Award for Environmental Planning — Gold

Collaboration: Sea-Level Marin Adaptation Response Team (C-SMART)

San Rafael, California

National Planning Achievement Award for a Grassroots Initiative — Gold

Street Air

San Francisco, California

National Planning Achievement Award for Implementation — Gold

Jamestown Urban Design Plan

Jamestown, New York

National Planning Achievement Award for Public Outreach — Gold

Community Vision Plan for the High Line Canal

Denver Metro Region, Colorado

National Planning Achievement Award for Public Outreach — Silver

Innovations in Public Engagement

Newark, New Jersey

City of San Jose Video Tutorial

San Jose, California

National Planning Achievement Award for Transportation Planning — Gold

National Park Service National Long-Range Transportation Plan

Lakewood, Colorado

National Planning Achievement Award for Transportation Planning — Silver

Grand Rapids Vital Streets Plan

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Charlotte WALKS Pedestrian Plan

Charlotte, North Carolina

National Planning Achievement Award for Urban Design — Gold

Rock Chapel Marine/P.O.R.T.

Chelsea, Massachusetts

National Planning Achievement Award for Urban Design — Silver

Rockaway Boardwalks Reconstruction

New York

Learn more about the 2018 Achievement Award Winners

 

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides vital leadership in creating communities of lasting value. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the profession of planning, offering better choices for where and how people work and live. The 38,000 APA members work in concert with community residents, civic leaders, and business interests to create communities that enrich people's lives. Through its philanthropic work, APA's Foundation helps to reduce economic and social barriers to good planning. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Learn more at www.planning.org.

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Contact

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