Nevada Planning Awards

The Chapter's Planning Awards Program recognizes individuals, organizations and communities for outstanding contributions to planning in their area. Any Chapter member may nominate plans, projects, programs, individuals, or organizations to several categories.  The Awards Committee evaluates nominees based on originality and innovation, engagement, implementation and effectiveness, quality, and promotion of planning.



2019 Award Winners

Award honorees will be notified by the Chapter President and will be invited to attend the Awards Luncheon to be held at the Next Conference...

The Nevada Chapter of the American Planning Association encourages excellence in planning. The Chapter’s DeBoer Awards are named after Saco Reink DeBoer, author of the Boulder City plan and one of the master city planners of the twentieth century. The awards honor excellence in planning projects and individual initiative. Winners represent the best efforts of the planning community that affect the Silver State in a positive way.


Outstanding Plan

Lake Tahoe Multimodal Corridor Management Plan

Awarded to a written plan that significantly advances the art and science of planning or focused planning efforts for individual residential, non-residential, or mixed-use projects that demonstrate excellence in the application of planning principles. 


Outstanding Implementation

City of Las Vegas Downtown Form-Based Code

The Downtown FBC is a modern zoning code that focuses on scale and relationship between buildings, and between development and the public realm, instead of the segregation of uses. It replaces the previous 20-year old code, and its creation and adoption had been identified as implementation action #1 of the Downtown Masterplan policy document.  

The adoption of the FBC itself is the greatest implementation tool utilized by the City of Las Vegas to foster a high-quality built environment. The code will influence hundreds of projects in the years to come, and will implement the vision of the Downtown Masterplan.

Outstanding Rural Plan

I-11 Northern Nevada Alternatives Analysis Planning and Environmental Linkages

The goal of Interstate 11 (I-11) is to establish a high-capacity, limited-access transportation corridor ultimately connecting Mexican ports and manufacturing areas with Canada, traversing Nevada's largest regional, national, and international manufacturing and economic activity centers. The I-11 corridor has the potential to become one of the first north-south, high-capacity routes through the Intermountain West that could greatly improve commerce, tourism, and international trade opportunities across the West.

Outstanding Community Partner Award

Community Foundation of Western NV - Village on Sage Street Project

We created this award to honor local businesses, community organizations, or agencies that have promoted the creation of communities through the advancement of health, safety and economic well-being for all residents.  This award emphasizes an organizations contribution and support towards community values. 

Outstanding Public Outreach & Journalism

Builders Association of Northern Nevada Legislative Campaign

During the 2019 legislative session, BANN launched a dual strategy campaign to show policymakers the effect that the high cost of housing has on residents in Nevada.

BANN developed a direct message for the campaign by showing how our regional housing shortage is affecting Northern Nevada families, illustrating how housing policies that shut off housing supply affect our community and educating the public and elected officials about how bad policy can price out residents from attainable housing. The focus was on gathering real stories to share on social media and through earned media as well as creating a website where the public can access facts and education on building prices in a flood plain.

Through this campaign, BANN increased awareness of the regional housing issues in Nevada by educating the public, which is the first step in solving the problem. Secondarily, BANN was able to stop or water down legislation that would otherwise be extremely harmful to builders and had the potential to increase prices in the housing market even further. This was all completed through earned media and social media. 

Outstanding Individual Project

RSIC-NDOT Collaboration – Reno Spaghetti Bowl Project EIS

Because of its collaboration with the RSIC and other key Stakeholders, NDOT completed the project’s environmental review process in just 28 months, making it the fastest highway project EIS to be completed in NDOT’s history and one of the fastest in the nation for a freeway project of this size.

This successful collaboration was able to increase overall public involvement during the environmental review process, resulting in thorough documentation and analysis of the project’s impacts and the development of mitigation measures that reduce impacts to the surrounding areas, and a design that protects the interests of the RSIC and meets the future needs of the Reno-Sparks region. 

Distinguished Leadership - Professional Planner

Jim Rundle

Jim Rundle has demonstrated professional excellence in the field of planning throughout his career with the City of Sparks. Throughout his career as a professional planner, Jim has been a tireless advocate for the City of Sparks and has worked hard to advance sound planning policy and promote high-quality development for the city and the region. Over the years, Jim has developed an attention to detail and has gained invaluable insight into the city’s development standards that has help guide high quality development from the ground up. Through his 17 years with the City of Sparks, Jim has reviewed thousands of building permits for compliance with the code and processed hundreds of land use entitlements to the Planning Commission and City Council. 

Distinguished Leadership - Citizen Planner

Lee C. Farris, PE

Lee Farris P.E. serves as Vice President of the Basic Remediation Company, Chief Engineer of the Basic Water Company as well as Vice President of Land Development for The LandWell Company. Lee stands out among the development community for his dedication to building complete communities with an emphasis on healthy, active living, increased transportation choice, a variety of housing options and price points as well as economic development opportunities. He incorporates sound planning principles into development projects and takes care to increase connectivity and livability as well as profit. 

Distinguished Leadership - Elected Official

Congressman Mark Amodei

Congressman Mark Amodei serves as the representative of Congressional District 2 in Nevada.  He represents the vast majority of the land area of the State of Nevada, as well as the urbanized areas of Reno and Sparks.  Congressman Amodei's leadership and proactive advocacy throughout his career in both State office and Federal office has benefitted and enhanced the infrastructure of the Northern Nevada communities he serves.  The Congressman has been instrumental in successfully implementing planning vision and work product in our region, he works on a bipartisan basis with local, State and Federal agencies, and is committed to streamlined and effective project delivery. 

President’s Award

Peter Gower, AICP

The award honors extraordinary service to the Chapter, as well as individuals or groups who reflect most positively on planning in Nevada.