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Planning Excellence Recognition Program: 2017

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.

2017-2018 Recognized Cities

City of Arlington
City of Bastrop
City of Benbrook
City of Bryan
City of Buda
City of Cedar Park
City of Celina
City of College Station
City of Corpus Christi     
Town of Fairview
City of Frisco


City of Garland
City of Hutto
City of Irving
City of Keller
City of League City
City of Leander
City of Lewisville
Town of Little Elm
City of Longview
City of McKinney
City of New Braunfels 
City of North Richland Hills
City of Pflugerville

City of Plano
City of Richardson
City of Sachse
City of San Angelo
City of Schertz
City of Southlake
City of South Padre Island
City of Sugar Land
City of Texarkana 
City of Tyler
City of Victoria
City of Watauga     


2017 Application

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.The application deadline for 2017-2018 has passed.