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2020 Central Coast Planning Awards - CANCELED



We enjoy honoring planning projects and individuals every year from throughout the American Planning Association's Central Coast Section with our annual Central Coast Planning Awards Program. However, in the past days and weeks the State of California and local governments have declared a public health emergency and issued advisories for group gatherings until the end of March in order to address the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and support social distancing. Although our annual Planning Awards Program was planned for April 11th, the Central Coast Section's Executive Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Central Coast Planning Awards Program this year. 
The jurors for the 2020 Planning Awards Program will still meet to judge and make decisions on this year's Awards nominees. After the jurors' decisions have been made, the Central Coast Section will notify award winners of their award status so that they may move on to the California State Awards nomination process if eligible. Actual awards and plaques will be sent to award recipients accordingly. Additionally, a newsletter article on the projects will be included in our membership e-blast in order to recognize the projects awarded and share them with the Central Coast Section. 
We apologize for the inconvenience and disappointment that this cancellation will create for our Section's members and other supporters, but the Board feels that this is the most responsible course of action of those available in the current public health emergency. Thank you for your patience and continued support of communities along the Central Coast,
Executive Board of Directors, Central Coast Section
American Planning Association, California Chapter


Attendees at 2019 Central Coast Planning Awards

What is the Central Coast Planning Awards Program?

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's Planning 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 Program 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! 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.

This year's Planning Awards Program will be hosted at Rockwood, a venue of the Santa Barbara Women's Club. 


The Central Coast Section of APA California is requesting planning award nominations for the 2020 Central Coast Planning Awards! The deadline for nominations is February 21, 2020. Submit a planning award nomination by revision the 2020 Planning Awards Nomination Form (click here). Award categories and policies may be obtained at the APACA website at apacalifornia.org/events/awards-program/. Additionally, you will find more information on types of categories and projects the APACA and Central Coast is 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.   


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 Ms. King AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to express your interest.  You must be available for a three-hour meeting sometime in the week of March 16th and the day of the Awards Event on April 11th.  


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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2019 Central Coast Planning Awards Recipients


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