APA Texas Planning Awards & Planning Excellence Program
APA Texas Planning Awards
The APA Texas Planning Awards Program recognizes individuals, organizations and communities for outstanding contributions to planning in Texas. Any APA Texas member may nominate plans, projects, programs, individuals, or organizations to several categories. The Awards Committee evaluates nominees based on innovation, transferability, quality, implementation, and comprehensiveness.
The following individuals, organizations and communities have been recognized and awarded for their projects and contributions to the planning profession. Award recipients were recognized at the awards luncheon on Friday, October 5, 2012 at the Worthington Renaissance hotel.
Comprehensive Planning Award
Given to an outstanding comprehensive plan addressing the development of an area, town, city, county or region.
Project Planning Award
Given to an outstanding plan, or study concerning a specific project, area, system, or issue within a town, city, county or region.
Current Planning Award
Given to an outstanding ordinance, program or process directed to the implementation of a plan.
Long Range Planning Award
Given to an outstanding plan that concentrates on a single long-range element.
Planning Commissioner of the Year
For an outstanding planning official.
Town of Little Elm - Michael McClellan
Student Project Award
Given in recognition of an outstanding research or planning project by an individual or team of students in an accredited graduate planning program.
Christina Sebastian - UT Arlington Bike Study
Texas A&M University - City of Richwood Comprehensive Plan
Texas Chapter Award
Nominated by Chapter Sections, this award is given to an individual from outside the planning profession who has provided outstanding contributions to the planning profession.
Nominated by Midwest and North Central Sections
Community of the Year
Given to a town, city, or county for providing an outstanding contribution to planning.
Chapter President's Award
The Chapter President presents this award to a planner based on outstanding service to the planning profession. The 2012 award was presented to Heather Nick for her efforts in successfully providing an effective and innovative APA Texas website by utilizing emerging technology for communication and marketing thereby raising awareness of planners and planning issues in Texas.
- Heather Nick, Chapter Communications Coordinator
City of Tyler, City Planner
Planning Excellence Recognition Program
The Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association continues its program of recognizing planning excellence in municipalities throughout the State. Evaluation criteria include the level of training of Planning Commissioners and professional staff, professional qualifications of the planning staff, breadth and currency of master plan components and completion of other planning related projects. The following cities have been recognized and awarded for their excellence in the planning profession.
- City of Abilene
- Town of Argyle
- City of Benbrook
- City of Cedar Park
- City of College Station
- City of The Colony
- City of Frisco
- City of Greenville
- City of Irving
- City of Lewisville
- City of Little Elm
- City of McKinney
- City of Pearland
- City of Richardson
- City of Southlake
2012 APA-Texas Chapter Awards Committee
Chair: Cameron Walker, AICP
Central Section: Trey Fletcher, AICP
East Section: Barbara Holly, AICP
Houston Section: Jimmie Lewis, AICP
Midwest Section: Doug McDonald, AICP
North Central Section: Brooks Wilson, AICP
Northwest Section: Ken Van Dyne
San Antonio Section: Hannah Pobanz
Southmost Section: Xavier Cervantes, AICP
West Section: Mirian Spencer