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Northern Section 2019 Awards announced

The results are in! Come celebrate the best of Northern California planning at our annual Awards Gala on Friday, June 7, at the Starline Social Club. To purchase tickets or find our more information regarding the benefits of sponsorship, visit our Awards webpage.

Our jurors were: Martin Alkire, Principal Planner, City of Mountain View; Hanson Hom, AICP, planning consultant and APA California Chapter Board Vice-President of Conferences; Rebecca Kohlstrand, AICP, Vice President, Parsons Brinckerhoff; and Aaron Welsh, Senior Associate, Raimi + Associates.

And here are our 2019 award winners!

Awards of Excellence

Advancing Diversity and Social Change in Honor of Paul Davidoff

L. Robert Ulibarri, AICP

Best Practices

San Mateo County Second Unit Center —21 Elements | Home for All | San Mateo County

Comprehensive Plan, Large Jurisdiction

Central SoMa Plan —San Francisco Planning Department

Comprehensive Plan, Small Jurisdiction

Vallco Town Center Specific Plan —City of Cupertino | Opticos Design

Hard Won Victory and Planning Agency

City of Santa Rosa Resilient City Development Measures Ordinance —City of Santa Rosa, Planning Division

Innovation in Green Community Planning

Santa Clara Valley Agricultural Plan —County of Santa Clara | Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority

Public Outreach

Housing Voices Community Outreach Process —City of Santa Cruz

Transportation Planning

Elimination of Minimum Parking Requirements Citywide —Office of San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim | San Francisco Planning Department

Urban Design

Pier 70 Project —Brookfield Properties | Port of San Francisco | SITELAB urban studio

Awards of Merit

Best Practices

Albany Residential Design Guidelines —Albany Planning & Zoning Commission | Albany Planning Department

Comprehensive Plan, Small Jurisdiction

Alameda Marina Master Plan (above) —KTGY Architecture + Planning | Alameda Marina Development | Bay West Group

Bayfair TOD Specific Plan (below) —City of San Leandro | Raimi + Associates | VWMP | Strategic Economics | Kittleson & Associates |Rincon Consultants| Wood Rodgers

Economic Planning and Development

Priority Area 1 Specific Plan (above) —City of Brentwood | De Novo Planning Group

Zoning Ordinance Modifications to Support Small Businesses (below) —City of Berkeley

Hard Won Victory

Mill Valley Lumber Yard Adaptive Reuse Project —Matt and Jan Mathews |Christopher Raker | Mark Rhoades | Michael Heacock| David Parisi

Innovation in Green Community Planning

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Climate Action Plan (above) —Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

Santa Clara Agrihood (below) —City of Santa Clara | Core Companies | Steinberg Hart

Public Outreach

Downtown Livermore Facilitation Project (above) —City of Livermore | PlaceWorks

Last Chance Grade Project (below) —Caltrans District 1|MIG, Inc.

Transportation Planning

Safe Routes to Schools Safety Assessments —City of Fremont | Fremont Unified School District | Alta Planning + Design

Urban Design

Windsor Civic Center Visioning Plan —City of Windsor, WRT

Section-only Awards

Great Places

San Pedro Square, San Jose, California —San Jose Downtown Association | San Jose Downtown Property-Based Improvement District | City of San Jose

Special Recognition Award: Accomplished Planner

Hanson Hom, AICP, ASLA


Special Recognition Award: Mid-Career Planner

Miroo Desai, AICP


Special Recognition Award: Emerging Planner

Veronica Flores



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