APA New Jersey is pleased to announce its annual Planning Excellence Awards. These awards will honor planning initiatives, built projects, individuals and organizations that are in the forefront of planning and design in New Jersey. Recipients will be recognized for their achievements during the luncheon on the first day of the conference, Thursday, January 24th. Nominations are due on Friday, November 30.

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Leadership Awards

Stuart Meck Distinguished Service Award
To an APA-NJ member who has advanced the mission of the Chapter by consistently and freely giving of themselves to the Executive Committee or Chapter initiatives.

Distinguished Civic Leadership Award
To an elected official or citizen planning advocate who has advanced sound planning in the public arena. A citizen planning advocate can be a lay member of a planning board, board of adjustment, economic development board, other appointed official, activist, neighborhood leader or head of a community development organization.

Budd Chavooshian Award for Outstanding Professional Planner
To a professional planner for sustained contributions to the profession through distinguished practice, teaching or writing.

James W. Hughes Applied Research Award
To an individual or organization whose applied research has affected change in New Jersey, as the substantive basis for legislative, regulatory or policy change, or as the driver of a shift in a fundamental approach to planning.

APA-NJ Distinguished Emerging Planner Award
To a professional planner, 35 years or younger, who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to leadership, professional development and the advancement of the field of planning in New Jersey.



Project Awards

Outstanding Plan Award
To a plan of unusually high merit. Examples include, but are not limited to neighborhood, economic development, conservation, transportation and other comprehensive plans. Technical reports and site plans are not eligible for this award.

Outstanding Implementation Award
To a specific planning project or initiative of unusually high merit for which there are demonstrated “on-the ground” results that are supported by documentable physical or social change.

Outstanding Community Engagement or Education Award
To a planning project or initiative that has involved, or resulted in significant advancement of community comprehension of planning issues or outcomes. Examples include, but are not limited to publications, interactive project websites, public planning and design charrettes or seminars.

Outstanding Student Project Award
To outstanding class projects or papers by a student or group of students that contribute to advances in the field of planning. The submission should be primarily the work of the students and based in New Jersey. The students may be from any secondary education institution.