Record Breaking Year for Awards

The 2017 Awards program is already a record breaking year, with nearly 25 nominations submitted to the awards committee. The awards program features new categories that recognize planning practitioners, citizens, innovative approaches to planning and other efforts that make the Commonwealth a great place to live, work and play. Stay tuned as the awards committee begins its year-long initiative to highlight planning in Virginia, telling the stories of individuals and places at the 2017 Awards Program, in Roanoke.

Old Dominion Innovative Approaches Award

Virginia has many unique challenges, where innovative planning solutions are critical for making great places happen. The Innovative Approaches Award recognizes pioneering planning efforts in the Commonwealth. Nominees may include innovative planning processes, plans, programs, initiatives or site developments that have or will result in real results.

Commonwealth Plan of the Year Award

The Commonwealth Plan of the Year Award honors the best planning document of the year. A successful nominee will show that the effort included outstanding planning processes, vision, implementation strategies and innovative approaches. The planning document can be local, regional or a statewide effort.

Open Submissions

The Awards Committee leaves room for flexibility in the awards program. If there is a great individual, effort or initiative that does not neatly fall within the defined award categories, then the Committee reserves the right to make special recognitions or awards.

Other Categories

In 2017, the Chapter has a new approach to its annual awards program. There are additional award categories that recognize great planning efforts, professionals, planning advocates and some of Virginia’s best communities

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