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The American Planning Association's California Chapter hosts a Awards Program annually which encourages quality in planning and increases the public's awareness of the planning profession by recognizing outstanding achievements in the planning field. The Central Coast APA California Awards Program annually presents numerous Central Coast Planning Awards to honor and recognize outstanding efforts and achievements in planning in the Central Coast Section. The Central Coast Planning Awards Event is a chance for APA Members, colleagues, and friends to gather for a splendid program with opportunities to mingle, network, and learn about the best planning projects in the tri-county. This is the Central Coast Section's most unique event that allows all three counties to meet and greet each other, see colleagues we haven't seen in a while, and have an opportunity to meet new ones!


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The 2018 Planning Awards Program will be a luncheon held on April 29, 2018 and hosted at the Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo.  The event will be from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm. The luncheon is planned to culminate Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s City and Regional Planning Department’s weekend events celebrating their 50th anniversary! The Planning Awards Program event will include a special speaker who will discuss the exciting celebratory events at Cal Poly SLO.

Attendees will have the opportunity to honor and recognize the outstanding planning efforts throughout the Central Coast area and to enjoy catching up with colleagues and networking with new ones.  Students are provided with discounted ticket prices and are encouraged to attend. Additionally, APA will also be hosting a special collection and raffle for the California Planning Foundation.

Note:  The Awards Program date was changed to better coodrinate with the Cal Poly festivities on the weekend of April 27 - 28. For more information in the weekend event, please visit the Cal Poly SLO City and Regional Planning’s website at planning.calpoly.edu/crp-50th-anniversary.


The purpose of the APA's California Awards Program is to encourage quality in planning and increase the public's awareness of the planning profession through recognizing outstanding achievement in the planning field. APA California annually presents numerous Planning Awards to honor the most outstanding efforts in planning in California. The program honors innovative plans and projects, distinguished APA members, contributors to planning, and the achievements of APA California Sections.


The Central Coast Section of APACA is requesting planning award nominations for the 2018 Central Coast Planning Awards!  The deadline for nominations is close of business day on February 23, 2018. Submit a planning award nomination by reviewing and following the instructions on the Planning Awards 2018 Nomination Form.  

Categories and policies may be obtained at the APACA website at apacalifornia.org/events/awards-program where you will find more information on types of categories and projects the APACA and the Central Coast Section are looking for.  Projects should be located within the tri-county section and/or the firm or agency should be located within the tri-county area.  Projects receiving Excellence recognition are eligible to compete in the APACA State Awards program. 

Contact Hollee L. King, AICP, at hollee@sitespacificplanning.com or 805-901-2261 for more information on the Central Coast Section’s Awards Program or to submit your nomination.

Awards Nomination and Submission Details:

  • Nominations will be evaluated for the award category in which they were submitted. However, the Central Coast Section Award Jury may, upon majority vote, move a nomination to a different category, if appropriate.
  • Nominations are eligible to receive an Award of Excellence or an Award of Merit. Only one winner for each type of award per category. An Award of Excellence award is eligible to participate in the State APACA Awards Competition.
  • Award Winners will be notified. The level of award will not be announced until the Awards Program. Anyone not receiving an award will be notified as well.
  • Final Deadline For Award Nomination Submissions: February 23, 2018 


There are still spots open for jurors!  Jurors are needed this year to evaluate the Award Nominations.  You do not need to be a member of APA to be a Juror.    This is your chance to participate in an exciting process to review the best projects of our Section!  Please contact Hollee King AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to express your interest.  You must be available for a three-hour meeting sometime in the week of March 26th and the day of the Awards Event (tentatively set for April 29, 2018).    


Contact Hollee L. King, AICP at hollee@sitespacificplanning.com or 805-901-2261 for more information on the Central Coast Section's Awards Program.


Please help support the Awards program. Sponsorships are needed to keep the ticket costs low and allow students to participate at a reduced price. Many levels of agency sponsorships are available and individual sponsorships are also welcomed. Become a sponsor using the online form below:

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