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Posted on: July 12, 2019

Planning Commission introducing awards program, seeking nominees

GALVESTON, TX – July 12, 2019 – The Galveston Planning Commission is introducing the Planning and Design Awards, a program to recognize recent Galveston projects that provide a great benefit to the community. 

The award winners will be announced in October as part of the American Planning Association’s National Community Planning Month, which celebrates the importance of community planning and its effect on communities. 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 Planning Commission wants to formally acknowledge local residents, groups, and businesses whose efforts contribute to and enhance our community’s general well-being,” Planning Commission Chairwoman Carol Hollaway said.

“I would encourage anyone who spots a clever or attractive reuse of a structure or admires a new creative or structural element in our community to nominate the person, group, or business involved. We have posted the criteria for selection with several categories to which your favorite addition to our Island can qualify. It’s not often that we have fun at Planning Commission, but this is going to be really fun to thank people for their work!”

The Planning Commission introduced the Planning and Design Awards this summer and is accepting nominations until August 6. The awards will be presented during the City Council meeting on October 17. The Planning Commission will consider the impact of the project on the community, as well as its innovativeness and ability to serve as a model for other developments, among other criteria.  

“We’re excited about this new opportunity to honor the projects that are making Galveston a better place,” Assistant Director of Development Services and Historic Preservation Officer Catherine Gorman said.

Please see the following directions for how to submit nominations. We know that there are many projects deserving of this recognition and encourage all planners, residents, developers, builders, architects, community groups, design professionals, local governments, students, or other interested parties to submit nominations.


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, 2014.

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


Nominations from the public are being accepted.  The nomination should include:

  • Project Name and Address – include the name of organizations or individuals who will accept the award
  • Project Category – may include more than one.
  • Project Description – Describe how the project meets the criteria listed above.
  • Photographs

Nominations should be emailed to  Deadline for nominations is August 6, 2019.  The awards will be presented at the October 17, 2019 City Council meeting. 


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