2023 Planning Excellence Awards

The New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association (“APA New Jersey”) is pleased to congratulate this year’s honorees!

Please join us on Thursday, December 14, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. as we gather to celebrate and honor the people, projects, programs, and places that exemplify the gold standard in comprehensive planning and design.

Leadership Awards

Stephen Marks
Budd Chavooshian Award for Oustanding Professional Planner

Taiisa Kelly
Distinguished Civic
Leadership Award

Renie Carniol
Presidents Award for
Collaboration and Advocacy

Julia Stoumbos
Presidents Award for
Collaboration and Advocacy

Chris Colley
Distinguished Emerging
Planner Award

Michael Kolber
Stuart Meck Distinguished
Service Award


Project & Plan Awards

Cumberland County Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Action Plan

Outstanding Plan
Award (County

Lord & Taylor / Train Station Redevelopment Plan (Westfield)

Outstanding Plan
Award (Municipal)

Hinchliffe Neighborhood Restoration Project (Paterson)

Implementation Award

Moorestown Mall
Redevelopment Plan

Innovation in
Planning Award

OUR Jersey City Master Plan – Vision, Land Use, Open Space

Outstanding Community Engagement Award

Treat Place, Newark
“Four Corners Public Art Project”

Neighborhood Transformation Award

Restorative City Planning: Parks, People, and the Environment (Rowan University)

Outstanding Student Project Award