2024 APA California – Northern Planning Awards winners

By Danae Hall, AICP, Awards Program Director, and Carlina Rose, Regional Activity Coordinator – Monterey Bay, April 2024

Each year, APA California — Northern bestows Planning Awards to honor the most outstanding efforts in planning in the Section. This year, we received over 35 applications. The jury was impressed with the high quality of applications across the board. After careful deliberation, the results are in, and we are excited to share them with you.

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who applied!

Awards Category OrganizationName of ProjectAward: Excellence/Merit
AcademicUCLA Institute of Transportation StudiesAssessing Public Outreach about Slow Streets in San FranciscoExcellence
AcademicUCLA Institute of Transportation StudiesUsing Data Science for Equity at SFMTAMerit
Best PracticesCommunity Planning CollaborativeMother Lode ADUExcellence
Best PracticesRincon ConsultantsNapa Sonoma Collaborative, 4LEAF, and Rincon Consultants/Housing ConnectMerit
Communications InitiativeCity of ConcordCity of Concord/Planning Division/Concord Community AcademyExcellence
Comprehensive PlanCommunity Planning CollaborativeMoffett Park Specific PlanExcellence
Comprehensive PlanDyett & Bhatia, Urban and Regional PlannersNapa 2040 General Plan (General Plan Update)Merit
Economic Planning and DevelopmentCity of BerkeleyZoning Amendments for Berkeley BusinessExcellence
Economic Planning and DevelopmentRhoades Planning Group &
Lexington Planning
Old Town Newark Specific PlanMerit
Hard-Won VictoriesRaimi + AssociatesDowntown Watsonville Specific PlanExcellence
Opportunity/ EmpowermentCity of Oakland – Planning and Building DepartmentTeam: City of Oakland Planning and Building Department, Dyett and Bhatia, Deeply Rooted Collaborative/Oakland 2045 General Plan Update Phase 1Excellence
Planning Agency (public sector)City of CampbellCity of Campbell PlanningExcellence
Public OutreachTown of Corte MaderaTown of Corte Madera Housing Element Update (2023 – 2031)Excellence
Public OutreachDudekUnderrepresented Communities Technical Assistance Program: Communication, Engagement, Facilitation, and Technical Assistance for Tribal Governments, Unrepresented Communities, and Small Socially Disadvantaged FarmersMerit
Resilience and SustainabilityWRTReimagine San Geronimo: A Vision FrameworkExcellence
Resilience and SustainabilityRincon Consultants, Inc.Sonoma County Carbon Inventory and Sequestration Potential StudyMerit
Transportation PlanningCity of San PabloCity of San Pablo Contra Costa College Mobility Hub PlanExcellence
Transportation PlanningFehr & PeersCity of San Jose / San Jose Downtown Transportation PlanMerit
Urban DesignCMG Landscape ArchitectureSan Francisco Civic Center Public Realm PlanExcellence
Urban DesignDyett & BhatiaSonoma Developmental Center Specific PlanMerit

In addition to the aforementioned awards, the Northern Section Director bestows these following Special Recognition Awards:

  • Special Recognition Award: Emerging Planner – Carlina Rose
  • Special Recognition Award: Mid-Career Planner – Omar Masry, AICP
  • Special Recognition Award: Distinguished Planner – Darcy Kremin, AICP

The Northern Section Board would like to extend a huge thank you to our panel of jurors for taking the time to review each application thoroughly and for engaging in thoughtful deliberation. Our 2024 jurors include:

  • Anne Hersch, AICP, Land Use Planning Manager, City of Berkeley
  • Audrey Maria Zagazeta, Chief Executive Officer, Circlepoint
  • Kim Walton, Senior Transportation Planner, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
  • Timothy Rood AICP, LEED AP, Community Development Director, City of Hercules
  • Veronica Tam, Owner, Veronica Tam and Associates

We look forward to seeing you at our annual Awards Gala, where our 2024 APA California – Northern Section Awards recipients will be celebrated. The Gala will tentatively be held in September 2024. More information will be shared once it becomes available.

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