APA Maryland 2019 Awards Program

APA Maryland will be holding its 2019 awards ceremony to honor the great planning work performed by professionals throughout the State on Monday, October 7th at the Rocky Gap Casino • Resort in Cumberland, Maryland. The ceremony will be held during the chapter’s Biennial Conference. All Chapter members are encouraged to attend. Please dress business casual for the event.

All full Conference attendees will automatically be given a ticket to the Awards Banquet as a part of their attendance fee. If you would like to attend the Awards Banquet without attending the conference, or would like to bring additional guests, please RSVP to James Palma, Chapter President, via email (president@apamaryland.org), no later than Friday, September 20th, 2019.

Watch this space for the nomination form for the 2019 Maryland Chapter Planning Awards. Included with the application will be a list of the awards that are up for consideration this year. Also included will be the criteria for nominations and awards. If there are any questions concerning eligibility, contact James Palma and he will work with the Awards Committee to best answer your questions.

Below is a preliminary timeline showing the deadline for submittals and the committee’s timeline for review and notification to applicants.

• August 30th – Nominations deadline

• August 30th – September 6th – Committee review of nominations

• September 6th – Notify winners

• October 7th – Awards ceremony at the 2019 Biennial Conference at Rocky Gap

Eligibility: The Maryland Planning Awards recognize outstanding planning work for projects or programs in Maryland or individuals. Nominations are deemed eligible if they meet the descriptions listed below for each award category. Additionally, if a plan or project is submitted for an award, the plan or project must have been adopted by the jurisdiction prior to submittal for an award. For any individual awards, the nominee must be a member of the American Planning Association and the Maryland Chapter

Notice for Firms Outside of APA Maryland’s Jurisdiction: The Awards Committee has decided to accept nominations for all work performed in the State of Maryland by in- state and out-of-state consultants. The Committee will not consider nominations by Maryland firms for work performed outside of Maryland. 

Award Descriptions:

Outstanding Plan: This award is for master plans, social initiatives, small area plans, economic development strategies, preservation initiatives and transportation plans, etc. These plans must have received formal adoption from their jurisdiction since 2017.

Outstanding Project or Program: This award is for planning efforts that are not intended for formal adoption such as parking and feasibility studies, site plans, PUD's, redevelopment / adaptive reuse projects, etc. Final deliverables must have been completed since 2017.

Lifetime Achievement: This award recognizes a planner who has devoted his/her career to the planning profession and who has retired or is near retirement.

Outstanding Planner: This category recognizes a professional planner who has made significant contributions in planning through distinguished practice or leadership. 

New Planner: This award will be given to someone who has entered the planning field within the past three years. The nominator for this award must be the person’s supervisor or someone who works closely with the nominee.  

Outstanding Student Project or Paper: This award recognizes a project, plan, or paper completed by a planning student or group of students. The student project or paper must have been completed during the last three years.