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Texas Planning Awards

The registration window for awards at #APATX18 passed in July.  Stay tuned for next years awards process!


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 originality and innovation, engagement, implementation and effectiveness, quality, and promotion of planning.



Great Places in Texas Program 

Call for Great Places in Texas will open October, 2018.

We all have places in Texas dear to our heart. That’s why the Texas Chapter is excited to announce our own rendition of the American Planning Association's Great Places in America program, the Gold Standard in America’s Neighborhoods, Streets, and Public Spaces. Great Places in Texas will recognize the Lone Star’s Great Places – neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces – and celebrate how planning has played a vital role where we live, work, and play. The program promotes and recognizes great places while celebrating stories of exemplary planning that have resulted in stronger and healthier communities.     



Planning Excellence Recognition 

2018 Planning Excellence Application Now Closed.
Call for 2019 Planning Excellence will open May, 2019.  

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.