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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!


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. 

Key Dates for the 2019 Planning Awards Program

    • January and February 2019: Call for Nominations
    • January and February 2019: Call for Jurors
    • March 8, 2019: Award Nominations Due
    • April 1, 2019: Online Registration Open
    • April 29: 2019: Registration Closes (all registrations online, no registrations at the door)
    • May 4, 2019: Central Coast Planning Awards event at the Ventura Beach Crowne Plaza


Online registration will be available beginning April 1, 2019.


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 APA's California Chapter is requesting planning award nominations for the 2019 Central Coast Planning Awards!  The deadline for nominations is close of business day on March 1, 2019. Submit a planning award nomination by reviewing the Planning Awards 2019 Application Form.  

APA California’s current Awards Policies and information related to the nomination categories is available on APA California’s website at apacalifornia.org/events/awards-program. 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 APA California’s 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: March 8, 2019 


There are still spots open for jurors! 

Jurors are needed this year to evaluate the 2019 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 from throughout the Central Coast Section!  

Contact Ms. Hollee King, AICP, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to express your interest.  You must be available for a three-hour meeting sometime in the week of March 25th and the day of the Planning Awards Event.  


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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