The APA Florida Project Awards program provides the chapter the opportunity to recognize outstanding planning projects in the State of Florida at its annual conference. The program provides APA Florida members with the chance to see and learn about development, conservation, government, or environmental projects, where planning has had a positive impact on the outcome. The Project Awards Committee will be looking for innovativeness and quality, and the potential for use in other areas.


2021 Awards Cycle

DEADLINE EXTENDED:  MAY 7 @ 5 PM ET

APA Florida is pleased to announce the opening of its 2021 Project Awards Program application cycle. This program provides APA Florida the opportunity to recognize outstanding planning projects in the State of Florida at its annual conference. The program provides APA Florida members with the chance to see and learn about development, conservation, government, or environmental projects, where planning has had a positive impact on the outcome. The Project Awards Committee will be looking for innovativeness and quality, and the potential for use in other areas.


2020 APA FLORIDA PROJECT AWARDS


AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

Category: Innovation in Planning for All Ages

Cutler Bay Communities for a Lifetime (CFAL) Initiative

The Town of Cutler Bay’s journey to becoming an age-friendly community began in 2010, by joining the Florida Department of Elder Affairs’Communities for a Lifetime (CFAL) Initiative. In 2012, the Town established a CFAL Committee to develop a Senior Needs Assessment to determine services important for seniors’ independence and care. Recommendations from the assessment were incorporated in the Town’s comprehensive Master Plan. The Town is proud to be the first municipality in South Florida to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities and States and the second in Florida to have their Age-Friendly Action Plan approved by the AARP.  Find out more about this award-winning project here


Category: Best Practices

Creating Together: Youth Centered Planning for the Riverwalk East Master Plan

Involving the community in the creation of a park master plan for the Riverwalk East Expansion strengthened social connections with young people helping lead a series of conversations, an extensive survey of residents, and then building a 1-day temporary park. The tactical urbanism version of the park incorporated resident ideas and was built by millennials working with intergenerational teams of volunteers. This event welcomed neighbors onto the future site of the Riverwalk expansion. The experiential community engagement of Creating Together Bradenton turned neighbors who were previously skeptical or unhappy into active and positive partners of the project. Download presentation here



AWARDS OF MERIT

Category: Best Practices

Collier County Sheriff’s Office Long-Range Master Plan

Collier County, Florida is expected to double in population and housing units before “Buildout” based on a land use model. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) engaged Metro Forecasting Models to conduct detailed research and analysis to develop an incident predictive model forecasting where concentrations of future incidents will occur. The incident predictive model was used to connect land use planning to the future needs of law enforcement services. The master plan used this spatial data to determine demand for future facilities, hiring, patrol districts, and other essential resources required by the Sheriff’s Office through buildout. Find out more about this project here


Category: Best Practices

Micromobility Pilot Program

The City of Tallahassee Micromobility Pilot Program was launched in 2019 and allowed City leaders and citizens to visualize a new approach to mobility in a growing urban environment. The program established policies and performance metrics to monitor various aspects of micromobility, including ridership, safety, and vendor compliance with these policies. The program provides for a new form of shared mobility and has been recognized as an affordable transportation option, gaining ridership in lower-income and minority neighborhoods in Tallahassee.


Category: Planning Project

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts 2020 Expansion Project

The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, a gateway into downtown West Palm Beach, is a preeminent cultural destination drawing patrons from around the region. Opening in 1992 with four venues, it now invites more than 500,000 guests per year. In a recent effort to improve the existing facility, the Center decided to modernize the surrounding campus, reinforcing the site’s importance to the City’s urban fabric. WGI designed an urban plaza to enhance the architectural appearance of the main performance lobby of Dreyfoos Hall, which activates the street frontage and invites patrons and passing visitors to enjoy the plaza. Review this beautiful project here. 


Category: Grassroots Initiative

Pineloch Elementary School S.T.R.E.A.M Club Program

The GAI/CSG staff, working with the staff of the Pineloch Elementary School, reinstituted and reconfigured a dormant STEM Club, renaming it the STREAM CLUB to include reading and arts. The program was initiated in the fall of 2019 as a direct outgrowth of the recently completed OBTNext Master Plan. The weekly club activities in the fall and spring semesters introduced the students to various planning/design activities, how simple machines worked and the relevance to their uses in construction projects within their neighborhood. The program was recognized by the school district during Black History Month. Find out more about this project here. 


Category: Grassroots Initiative

Tallahassee’s Urban Forest Master Plan

The City of Tallahassee completed the Urban Forest Master Plan in December 2018. The plan is a guide for the future of the community’s tree canopy to improve this vital city asset as the community grows and changes. A healthy urban forest has repeatedly been shown to be a critical component to a vibrant and livable community – economically, environmentally, and socially. Urban trees have proven to alleviate water and air pollution, improve public health, increase property value, and enhance the success of business districts. An extensive outreach and engagement effort included city staff and departments, stakeholder organizations and citizens. City staff brought together members of 30 different groups and conducted a series of stakeholder meetings. This plan sets 20-year goals for Tallahassee’s urban forest improvements. Review this project here. 


Category: Student Project

Florida State University Ringling Campus Hazard Adaptation Plan

Located in Sarasota on the water, the Ringling Museum and Estate is at risk to severe natural hazards. This graduate student-led project formalized a standard approach for conducting site-specific risk assessments and climate adaptation plans. The processes led to the development of these documents for The Ringling, which is home to a unique collection of historic buildings and priceless artwork, providing it with adaptation strategies it can employ to ensure the campus is resilient to natural hazards for over the next 50 years. This project developed standard approaches that may be replicated at other campuses or facilities. Download this innovative project here


Category: Student Project

“Equity:The Elephant In the Room”, Equity Planning in Gainesville, Florida

The City of Gainesville is making a commitment to include equity planning in its next comprehensive plan update. Students from the University of Florida analyzed data and reviewed policies and plans of the City of Gainesville and Alachua County to identify issues, opportunities, and constraints to address inequity within the City. Using the APA Planning for Equity Policy Guide as a framework, students collectively examined housing, land use, crime, transportation, healthcare, and education to synthesize the findings of research, establish recommendations for best practices related to equity planning, and communicate their findings to community members at a public meeting. Review this important project here