The Ohio Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA Ohio) has announced the winners of the 2017 Ohio Planning Awards. The biennial awards program honors outstanding planning and planning leadership in Ohio, recognizing the highest levels of achievement.

APA Ohio presented the following awards at the 2017 APA Ohio Statewide Planning Conference in Athens today, September 28. APA Ohio President Kimberly Lieber, AICP, City of North Olmsted Planning Director, noted that the 2017 awards “highlight the best and brightest plans, projects, and people in Ohio. It is clear from these awards that strong partnerships are critical components of successful planning work.”

The City of Bowling Green received a “Best Practice” award for Court Street Connects.

Thirty nominations were received in seven categories. Award nominations were reviewed and winners selected by a jury of professional planners from the APA Wisconsin Chapter.  Evaluation criteria include innovation, creativity, transferability and public participation.  Jury chair Kristan Grygiel Sanchez, AICP, Senior Urban Designer & Planner at GRAEF, stated “there were many excellent nominations from Ohio this year, and the decisions were often very difficult. There were numerous best practices and innovative ideas applicable to both Wisconsin communities and other areas of the country.”

Questions about this should be directed to the Planning Department, 419-354-6218.