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Section Awards Program

  

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2024 SVS Awards Program Call for Nominations is Now Open!

The 2024 SVS APA Awards Program has begun! Help us celebrate and recognize local planning superstars by submitting innovative plans and projects; distinguished APA members, agencies, firms, and planning achievements.

Ways to Participate

  1. Attend the Informational Session<
  2. Submit an awards nomination (read below about how to submit a nomination and requesting technical assistance)
  3. Apply to be on the Awards Jury (see how to apply below)
  4. Share this information with your network!

Important Dates

  • February 26, 2024: SVS Informational Session, 12:00-1:00PM
  • March 1, 2024: Technical Assistance Request deadline, 5:00PM
  • March 11, 2024: SVS Awards Jury application deadline, 5:00PM
  • March 18, 2024: SVS Awards Nomination Submission deadline, 5:00PM
  • *April 12, 2024: SVS Awards Jury deliberation, 3:00-5:00PM
  • April 15, 2024: SVS Award Winners notified
  • *May 15, 2024: State Awards application deadline
  • October 2024: SVS Awards Ceremony (date and time TBD)

*Indicates tentative date/time.

Attend the Informational Session

Join us virtually on February 26, 2024 from 12:00 to 1:00PM, for a brief presentation about the 2024 Awards Program and ways to participate followed by an opportunity for Q&A. No registration necessary. A recording of the informational session and presentation slides will be posted to this website following the event.

Please click the following Google Meet link to join the 2024 SVS Awards Virtual Informational Session:

Google Meet joining info:
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/qnm-aavg-kjj
Join by phone: ‪(US) +1 402-961-1282‬ PIN: ‪655 801 894‬#

Join the 2024 SVS Awards Jury

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals willing to dedicate a few hours to give back to our profession by serving on the 2024 APA Sacramento Valley Section Awards Selection Jury. Jurors will review and evaluate some of the finest planning work in the Sacramento Valley region, confer with the rest of the jury, and determine the winners. Awards deliberation will tentatively take place from 3:00-5:00PM on Friday, April 12, 2024.

As a thank you for serving on the jury, all jurors will receive free admission to the SVS Awards Ceremony in October and a gift card! Read more about the requirements, responsibilities, and benefits of participating on the Awards Jury here.

2024 SVS Awards Jury Application.

JURY APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2024 at 5:00PM

Submit a 2024 Award Nomination

The 2024 SVS APA Awards Program call for nominations is now open! Help us celebrate and recognize local planning superstars by submitting innovative plans and projects; distinguished APA members, agencies, and firms; and planning achievements!

There are two types of award categories that are part of the SVS Awards Program: State-Eligible Awards and Section-Specific Awards. Please review the APA SVS Awards Program Policy Document for more information about the different award categories and corresponding criteria.

Ready to submit a nomination? Review our How to Apply document for information about eligibility and required application materials then complete the online application form below to submit your nomination for the 2024 SVS Awards Program.

2024 SVS Awards Nomination Application

AWARD NOMINATIONS ARE DUE MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2024 BY 5:00PM

Technical Assistance Request

We want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to celebrate planning achievements. We understand that not all firms or agencies have the capacity to complete an awards application, that is why we are happy to offer technical assistance!

As part of our technical assistance process, a member of the SVS Awards Team will ask you to complete a short questionnaire about your nomination and will write and submit the full application for you! If you would like to request technical assistance the 2023 Awards program, please email Nikki Zanchetta (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with the following information by 5pm on March 1, 2024:

  1. Project/program name you wish to nominate
  2. Award category you want to submit the nomination for
  3. Reason technical assistance is needed to submit an application

Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Nikki Zanchetta (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), SVS Awards Coordinator.


2023 Awards

Congratulations!

Please join us in congratulating the winners of the 2023 SVS Awards Program! We will be celebrating all the winners at the annual Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at the Black Box Theatre in West Sacramento. Mark your calendars and keep an eye out for more information!

STATE-ELIGIBLE AWARD CATEGORIES

  • Academic Award - Award of Excellence
    UC Davis Center for Regional Change, PlanSearch
  • Best Practices - Award of Excellence
    City of Sacramento’s Community Ambassador Program
  • Best Practices - Award of Merit
    California Strategic Highway Safety Plan
  • Economic Planning and Development - Award of Merit
    City of Roseville Commercial Corridor Specific Plans
  • Transportation Planning - Award of Excellence
    Re-Envision West Arden Arcade Sustainable Communities and Complete Streets Plan
  • Transportation Planning - Award of Merit
    Town of Paradise Transportation Master Plan
  • Comprehensive Plan, Small Jurisdiction - Award of Merit
    Valley’s Edge Specific Plan

SECTION-SPECIFIC AWARD CATEGORIES

  • 2023 Emerging Planner Award Winners
    Laura Tuller, City of Sacramento
    Ali Doerr Westbrook, Caltrans
    Summer Lopez, GHD
  • 2023 Local Vision Award Winners
    Re-activating Meadowview, Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA)
    Youth Leadership Academy, Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG)
  • 2023 Legacy Award Winner
    Leighann Moffit, AICP

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Yang (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Nikki Zanchetta (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), SVS Awards Co-Coordinators.

 

2022 Awards

Congratulations!

Please join us in congratulating the winners of the 2022 SVS Awards Program! We will be celebrating all the winners at the annual Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, October 19, 2022. Mark your calendars!

STATE-ELIGIBLE AWARD CATEGORIES

Transportation Planning - Award of Excellence
West Sacramento Mobility Action Plan

Economic Planning and Development - Award of Excellence
Innovation Park Planned Use Development

Best Practices - Award of Merit
California Air Pollution Control Officers Association Handbook for Analyzing Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions, Assessing Climate Vulnerabilities, and Advancing Health and Equity

Comprehensive Plan, Small Jurisdiction - Award of Merit
Butte County Upper Ridge Community Plan

Comprehensive Plan, Small Jurisdiction - Award of Excellence
Sunrise Tomorrow Specific Plan

Comprehensive Plan, Large Jurisdiction - Award of Merit
City of Sacramento 2021-2029 Housing Element

SECTION-SPECIFIC AWARD CATEGORIES

2022 Emerging Planner Award Winners
Christine Corrales, SJCOG
Abby Jackson, AICP, Caltrans
Molly Marcussen, City of Chico

2022 Local Vision Award Winner
San Joaquin Housing Authority

2022 Legacy Award Winner
Celia Yniguez, SHRA

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Yang (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), SVS Awards Coordinator.

2021 Section Awards

And The Winners Are...

Please join us in congratulating the following award winners from the Sacramento Valley Section!

Academic Award - Award of Excellence

  • Transit Blues in the Golden State: Analyzing Recent California Ridership Trends

Planning Agency Award - Award of Excellence

  • City of Sacramento Planning Division

Transportation Planning Award - Award of Excellence

  • Sacramento Valley Station Area Plan

Comprehensive Plan Award (Small Jurisdiction) - Award of Merit

  • Downtown Redding Specific Plan Update 

Innovation in Green Community Planning Award - Award of Merit

  • City of Elk Grove Community Mobility Resilience Plan

Public Outreach Award - Award of Merit

  • SacRT Forward Sacramento Regional Transit District

Transportation Planning Award - Award of Merit

  • State Route 89 Recreation Corridor Management Plan

2021 Emerging Planner Award Winners

This annual award is intended to recognize emerging planners who have shown exemplary and continuous commitment and service to the Sacramento Valley Section, planning profession, and planning practice. Congratulations goes to:

  • Katie Green, AICP
  • Evan Wasserman
  • Carrie Whitlock, AICP Candidate

2021 Local Vision Award Winners

This annual award celebrates organizations and individuals that have made outstanding contributions to creating better communities throughout the Sacramento Valley Section. Award winners all have challenged the members of their communities to think differently about the everyday decisions they make. Congratulations goes to:

  • West Sacramento’s Permanent Supportive Housing Project
  • Plumas County Fire Safe Council
  • Tahoe Central Sierra Initiative

2021 PEN SVS Honorees

  • Bob Lagomarsino, AICP
  • Rick Rust, AICP

2021 Legacy Award Winner

This annual award is given to distinguished Sacramento Valley individuals who have shown exemplary commitment to the profession and practice of planning over time. The Legacy Award honoree has supported young planners, been involved in APA and worked to advance quality planning at the state, regional and local levels. Congratulations goes to:

  • Julia Lave Johnston

 

And The Winners Are...

Did you miss the 2020 Virtual Awards Ceremony? For a $5 donation, you can still watch the recording! Click here for details. The recording will be available through the end of January 2021.

Please join us in congratulating the following award winners from the Sacramento Valley Section!

  • Yolo Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan
    Award of Excellence in the category of Innovation in Green Community Planning
  • City of Elk Grove General Plan
    Award of Excellence in the category of Comprehensive Plan, Large Jurisdiction
  • Yolo County Cache Creek Parkway Plan Open Space Inventory and Baseline Improvements
    Award of Excellence in the category of Implementation Award, Small Jurisdiction
  • Placer County Sustainability Plan
    Award of Merit in the category of Innovation in Green Community Planning

Please join us also in congratulating the 2020 SVS Award Winners. These awards are unique to the Sacramento Valley Section, and aim to recognize people, projects, and organizations that contribute to great planning happening locally and on the ground everyday.

2020 SVS Legacy Award Winner

  • Bob Lagomarsino, AICP, Lagomarsino Planning + Management

2020 SVS Local Vision Award Winners

  • Midtown Association
  • Shasta Living Streets
  • WalkSacramento Safe Routes to School Program

2020 SVS Emerging Planner Award Winners

  • Greta Soos, City of Sacramento
  • Molly Wagner, CPTED CPD, WalkSacramento
  • Amy Yang, Mintier Harnish

 

2019 Section Awards

Please help us congratulate this year's APA California Sacramento Valley Section Award Winners!

SVS Award of Merit Winners

  • Butte Creek Canyon Overlay Zone
    Award of Merit in Innovation in Green Community Planning
  • Town of Esparto Community Plan
    Award of Merit in Comprehensive Plan, Small Jurisdiction

SVS Award of Excellence Winners

  • Camp Fire Disaster Recovery Urgency Ordinance
    Award of Excellence in Hard-Won Victories
  • South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan
    Award of Excellence in Innovation in Green Community Planning
  • Envision Stockton 2040 General Plan
    Award of Excellence in Comprehensive Plan, Large Jurisdiction

Emerging Planner Award

  • Heidi Gen Kuong, AICP
  • Kate Rose
  • Yassaman Sarvian
  • Jennifer Welch

SVS Local Vision Award Winners

  • Butte County Fire Safe Council & Partners
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  • Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

SVS Student Scholarship Winners

  • Brianna Banks McLean
  • Evangelina Chavez

PEN Honor Award Honoree for SVS

  • Tim Snellings

SVS Legacy Award Recipient

  • Claudia Stuart, AICP

2023 Section Sponsors

Without the support of our sponsors, many of the programs we offer would not be possible. Click the logos below to find out more about each sponsor.

To our sponsors -- Thank You!

  • Section Visionary

  • Section Partner

  • Section Friend