The APA-NC Awards Committee is pleased to announce the 2019 Award Winners. The APA-NC Awards Program includes NC Great Places and the Marvin Collins Planning Awards and recognizes the places, people, and projects that represent the highest standards of achievement in the North Carolina planning community. Awards are presented annually during the North Carolina Planning Conference. Nominations are reviewed by a panel of independent planners from throughout the state. The awards signify the highest standards of achievement for planning in North Carolina. 


Great Street

Rail Trail, Charlotte

Great Street in the Making

Queen Street, Kinston

Great Transformation

Union Station, Raleigh

Alpine Mill, Morganton

Great Historic Rehabilitation

Reeves Theater, Elkin

The Norris House, Raleigh

Great Public Art

Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, Wilson

"Milling Around" by artist Heidi Lippman, Clinton

"Across the Grain" by artist Thomas Sayre, Lenoir

Hillside Basketball Courts, by artist Sarahlaine Calva, Durham


Outstanding Planning Award - Comprehensive Planning (Small Communities)

KnightdaleNext 2035 Comprehensive Plan

Outstanding Planning Award - Special Theme Award: Innovation in Planning Services, Education and Public Involvement

City of Greensboro - Greensboro Plan2Play

Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Honorable Mention

Outstanding Planning Award - Comprehensive Planning (Large Community)

Living Asheville: A Comprehensive Plan for Our Future

Robert Reiman Award

James F. Rhodes, Pitt County Planning Director

Student Awards

Nick Nusarra - East Carolina University
Undergraduate Student Project - Movement Murfreesboro

Lucia Constantine - University of North Carolina
Outstanding Student Award

Rhiannon Reed-Kelly - Appalachian State
Outstanding Student Award