Planning Excellence Recognition Program

Conference Theme: Leading the Planning Movement in Texas

Planning Excellence Recognition Program: 2016

The Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association continues it’s 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 goals of the program include:

  • Increasing community awareness of the importance of planning,
  • Recognizing planning departments which meet certain professional requirements,
  • Recognizing planning efforts that have achieved community support,

  • Encouraging the funding of professional training for Planning Commissioners and staff, and

  • Aiding economic development and community image.

The completed application form (see below) with attachments and $50.00 fee must be submitted to Mike McAnelly, Executive Administrator – APA Texas Chapter, 9629 Fallbrook Drive, Dallas, Texas 75243 postmarked by July 31, 2016.

APA Texas Planning Awards & Planning Excellence Program

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 are typically recognized at an awards luncheon held during the annual conference.


Award Year and Conference Location   Recipients Presentation

2014 - Frisco, Texas

Recipients (PDF)

Presentation (YouTube)

2013- Galveston, Texas

Recipients (PDF)


2012 - Fort Worth, Texas

Recipients (PDF)