National Planning Excellence Awards

Through its National Planning Awards program, the American Planning Association recognizes the role cutting-edge planning achievements and outstanding individual contributions play in creating communities of lasting value. Excellence Awards are granted to outstanding initiatives by planning agencies, planning teams or firms, community groups, and local authorities.

2014 Winners

Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan

Plan Cincinnati: A Comprehensive Plan for the Future
Cincinnati, OH

Legacy 2030 Comprehensive Plan
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, NC

HUD Secretary’s Opportunity and Empowerment Award

Mount View Village
Anchorage, AK 

Best Practice

Urban Forestry Code Revisions Project
Tigard, OR

Grassroots Initiative

Ridges to River Open Space Network Vision Plan
Mid-Columbia Basin, WA


Detroit RiverFront Conservancy
Detroit, MI

 Communications Initiative

ACCESS Magazine, University of California Transportation Center
Los Angeles, CA

 Transportation Planning

Hawaii Department of Transportation’s Statewide Pedestrian Master Plan

 Environmental Planning

Broward County Climate Change Element
Broward County, FL

 Innovation in Economic Development & Planning

East Franklinton Creative Community District Plan
Columbus, OH

 Urban Design

Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn, NY

 Pierre L’Enfant International Planning Excellence Award

Songzhuang Arts and Agriculture City
Beijing, China

 Emerging Planning & Design Firm

Houseal Lavigne Associates
Chicago, IL

 Planning Agency

Tallahassee—Leon County Planning Department
Tallahassee, FL

 Planning Landmark

Royal Town Planning Institute
United Kingdom

Source: American Planning Association