The APA-NC Awards Committee is pleased to announce the 2021 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 Healthy Place

Award: Middle Fork Greenway Trailhead & Pocket Park, Blowing Rock
Award: River Hawk Greenway, Mount Holly

Great Transformation

Award: Downtown Revitalization, City of Kannapolis

Award: River Arts District, Asheville

Honorable Mention: The Colonial Inn, Hillsborough

Honorable Mention: The Lentz Building, Mount Pleasant


Great Place for Public Art

Award: Purple S.T.E.A.M at Durham County Main Library, Durham



Robert E. Reiman Professional Achievement

Award: David W. Owens, UNC School of Government, Chapel Hill

Award: Jeff Hatling, Community Development Director, Kernersville

Phillip R. Green, Jr. Distinguished Service

Award: David W. Owens, Adam Lovelady, Jim Joyce, and Ben Hitchings for UNC School of Government 160D Assistance Program: Helping NC Communities Comply with Chapter 160D

Citizen Planner

Award: Tilda Caudle, Wake Forest

Graduate Student

Award: Anna Gustines, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Undergraduate Student

Award: Gregory D. Feldman, East Carolina University

Award: Caitlyn Duncan, Appalachian State University

Comprehensive Plan

Award for community of more than 25,000: 

GSO2020, Greensboro

Award for community of less than 25,000: 

Mapping Morrisville: Morrisville Land Use Plan


Specialized Plan - Transportation 

Award: Walkable Midtown, Raleigh

Advancing Equity

Award: RIDE Microtransit, Wilson



Award: Community Engagement Process Design, Raleigh