Planning Awards

As a part of the American Planning Association’s National Community Planning Month, the Galveston Planning Commission will present the 4th Annual Planning and Design Awards.  The Planning and Design Awards are intended to recognize projects that contribute to a better quality of life in our community and serve as models to learn from and emulate.  

The schedule is as follows:

June 21, 2022 – Planning Commission discussion item, introduction and identify potential recipients

July 19, 2022 – Planning Commission discussion item, continue to identify potential recipients

August 1, 2022 – Public nominations opened

August 16, 2022 – Planning Commission discussion item, continue to identify potential recipients

September 1, 2022 – Public nomination closed

September 20, 2022 – Planning Commission vote, finalize recipients

October 27, 2022 – Presentation at City Council


The Planning Commission’s Planning & Design Awards program is open to all planners, residents, developers, builders, architects, community groups, design professionals, local governments, students, or other interested parties. To be eligible for consideration, proposed projects must be located in the City of Galveston and have been completed within the last five years, on or after January 1, 2017.

No projects that have or had a direct professional, financial, ownership, design, consulting and / or construction interest of any current member of the Planning Commission will be considered.


  • Beautification
  • Development
  • Environmental
  • Historic Preservation
  • Investment
  • Participation
  • Planning
  • Redevelopment


Criteria for Project Consideration: 

Quality of Life Benefit.  How does the project make the community a better place? Examples:

  • Promotes historical or environmental preservation, conservation, or restoration
  • Improves safety and facilities for bicycles and pedestrians
  • Supports mixed use development and encourages transit options
  • Fosters a sense of place as it integrates into and enhances the surrounding neighborhood

Originality & Innovation.  How does the project have a visionary approach or innovative concept to address needs or challenges in the community? Examples:

  • Uses space effectively and creatively
  • Employs a cutting-edge slant in fields like green building or sustainability
  • Uses a fresh approach to financing or cost-efficiency

Quality & Comprehensiveness.  In what ways does the project represent excellence from the planning process through implementation? Examples:

  • Excellence in analysis, writing, graphics, design, and implementation
  • Has a positive impact on local and/or regional objectives
  • Has delivered developed plans, addressing community needs with long range vision

Implementation & Transferability.  How does this project serve as a model for others to learn from? Examples:

  • Paves the way for future projects by clearly demonstrating what to do to get it done
  • Fosters good planning through its methodology or components

Education & Engagement. How does the project clearly demonstrate meaningful public involvement? Examples:

  • Employs a variety of user-friendly tools inclusive of the traditionally under-served
  • Provides meaningful opportunities and is responsive to the public’s involvement
  • Increases awareness in the community of the benefits and importance of good planning