APA California — Northern Section Awards

Each year, the APA California — Northern Section bestows Planning Awards to honor the most outstanding efforts in planning in the Section. 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!

Awards CategoryOrganizationName 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 Plan – Large JurisdictionCommunity Planning CollaborativeMoffett Park Specific PlanExcellence  
Comprehensive Plan – Small JurisdictionDyett & 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 PlanningOld Town Newark Specific PlanMerit
Hard-Won VictoriesCity of WatsonvilleDowntown 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 bestowed the 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 Jury was comprised of:

  • 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

Save the Date: Awards Gala 

Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to everyone who applied. We look forward to seeing you at our Awards Gala, where our 2024 APA California – Northern Section Awards recipients will be celebrated. The Gala will tentatively be held on September 12th, 2024. More information will be shared once it becomes available. If you, or someone you know, is interested in helping to plan the Awards Gala, please contact Danae Hall at

Important Dates 

  1. Northern Section Awards Application Window – February 12- March 8, 2024
  2. Northern Section Awards Jury Deliberations – March 9 – March 24, 2024
  3. Northern Section Awards Winner Notification – April 5, 2024
  4. State Awards Application Window – Opens April 15, 2024 
  5. Northern Section Awards Awards Gala – September 12, 2024, location TBD
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