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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.

Honorable Mention:

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

Honorable Mention:

  • 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