Group seeks nominations for good urban design and city planning

New developments are increasingly abundant across the state and the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) is reaching out to the public to make sure the best of those developments get appropriately recognized.  The APA Utah Chapter is accepting nominations for their Annual Chapter Awards that recognize plans, projects, programs and individuals that are contributing to city planning in the state.

Nominations are due by the end of the workday on Friday, August 24.  An awards jury of planning and urban design professionals will select the final winners from 15 awards categories.   There are nine categories under the achievement or merit awards.  These awards will go to groups or organizations that represent best practices in planning and urban design through either a regional plan, general plan, project/study/master plan, ordinance/ legalization, planning education/training, student planning project, journalism/media coverage or use of information technology.  The merit awards will also include a  special recognition category for deserving projects that don’t fit into any of the traditional categories.

Awards will also be given to individuals from six categories that include: the Morris Johnson Award that goes to a person that has contributed to Utah planning over an extended period of time;  the Meritorious Planner Award that recognizes unique contributions to the planning community; the Elected Official Award that highlights an elected public official that has contributed to the planning community; the Gene Moser Award that recognizes the contribution to the planning community from non-elected community leaders and activists; the Gene Carr Award that goes to an individual that has contributed to planning education and training; and the George Smeath Planning Student Award that goes to an actively-enrolled planning student.

Individuals interested in nominating a person, project or organization can submit an application online by sending it to Francis Xavier Lilly, AICP at  Applications and submission requirements can be accessed by following this link.

The 2018 winners will be announced during the APA Utah Chapter’s Fall Conference October 4-5.  Last year’s winners include Achievement Award winners include the Salt Lake Cultural Core Action Plan, the Seven Canyons Trust – Three Creeks Confluence plan, the 2017 Moab Area Affordable Housing Plan and the Salt Lake City Main and Regent District redevelopment.

Posted by Isaac Riddle

Isaac Riddle grew up just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a BA in English literature from the University of Utah and a Masters of Journalism from Temple University. Isaac has written for Next City, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Salt Lake City Weekly. Before embarking on a career in journalism, Isaac taught High School English in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Isaac is the founder of Building Salt Lake and can be reached at