Excellence Awards



FRIDAY May 12, 2017



How to Nominate an Entry


The following details the steps it takes to submit a nomination for an award.

  1. Identify the appropriate award category.  Read the eligibility requirements to ensure your nomination satisfies the criteria.
  2. Read the application form to learn what you will need to complete your nomination.
  3. Use one form for each nomination you wish to enter.  There is no limit on the number of nominations you may submit.




Excellence Awards

Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan

Best Practice

Grass Roots Initiative


Public Outreach

Communications Initiative

Transportation Planning

Environmental Planning

Urban Design

Innovation in Economic Planning and Development

Innovation in Regional Planning

Outstanding Student Project Award - Undergraduate

Outstanding Student Project Award - Graduate


Leadership Awards

Planning Advocate

Leadership Award for a Professional Planner

Outstanding Community Administrator's Award

Helen S. Willis Outstanding Commissioner Award


LEADERSHIP / Awards / Descriptions, eligibility, and criteria


EXCELLENCE / Awards / Description, eligibility, and criteria






A jury of APA Wisconsin planners reviewed and scored projects and plans from all over the state.  The following 9 submissions were selected as displaying planning excellence. 

Project partners and leaders will be awarded at the Planning Excellence awards banquet on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Downtown Kalamazoo.



Best Practice
City of Auburn Hills - 2015 Industrial Analysis

City of Auburn Hills


Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan

Jackson Next

City of Jackson

Beckett & Raeder, Inc. 


Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan 

GR Forward

Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.


Grassroots Initiative

Grand Rapids Urban Explorers Day Camp

Williams & Works

Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.

Stepping Stones Montessori School


Innovation in Regional Planning

Elevating the Eastern Upper Peninsula (EUP)

Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning & Development Commission (EUPRPDC) 


Innovation in Regional Planning

Manistee County-Wide Park & Recreation Plan

Manistee County Government

Alliance for Economic Success



Bear River Valley Recreation Area

City of Petosky

Beckett & Raeder, Inc.


Transportation Planning

Bike/Walk Livonia: A Future Transportation Plan

City of Livonia

McKenna Associates

Toole Design Group


Outstanding Student Project Award

Green the Way: Moving Forward on an Allen Creek Trail 

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

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