Planning Awards


The American Planning Association- New Jersey chapter is pleased to recognize planning initiatives, built projects, individuals and organizations that are at the forefront of planning and design. Recipients of the awards will be recognized for their achievements at the APA-NJ Awards Luncheon on Thursday, January 27.

Deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, December 30.


APA-NJ Distinguished Service Award
To an APA-NJ member who has advanced the mission of the Chapter by consistently and freely giving of him/herself and his/her services.

Distinguished Civic Leadership Award
To an elected official or citizen planner who has advanced sound planning in the public arena. A citizen planner is someone who is a lay member of a planning board, board of adjustment, economic development board, an appointed official, a citizen activist, a neighborhood leader or the head of a community development organization.

Budd Chavooshian Award for Outstanding Professional Planner
To a professional planner for sustained contributions to the profession through distinguished practice, teaching or writing.

Elwood “Woody” Jarmer Award for Environmental Achievement
To a professional planner, elected official or citizen planner that has demonstrated exceptional creativity in balancing environmental concerns with the realities of real estate development.


Outstanding Plan Award
To a plan of unusually high merit. Examples include, but are not limited to neighborhood, economic development, conservation, transportation and other comprehensive plans. Technical reports and site plans are not eligible for this award.

Planning Implementation Award
To a specific planning project or initiative of unusually high merit for which there are demonstrated “on-the ground” results that are supported by documentable physical or social change.

Outstanding Student Project Award
To outstanding class projects or papers by a student or group of students that contribute to advances in the field of planning. The submission should be primarily the work of the students. The students may be from any secondary education institution; however, the project must be NJ based.