The APA Texas Planning Awards Program recognizes individuals, organizations and communities for outstanding contributions to planning in Texas. Any APA Texas 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.

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Awards for Previous Years

Communities of the Year






Round Rock



Dayton has received recognition in multiple arenas due to their recent comprehensive planning efforts. Dayton was highlighted in a presentation at APATX’s Annual Conference.  In the Fall of 2019, Dayton won the Texas Masonry Council’s Sustainable City of the Year award.  At TML’s Annual Conference, Dayton was honored as a Recognized Scenic City. In 2020, Dayton has hosted workshops for the Houston-Galveston Area Council on Bringing Back Main Street and the Texas Comptroller’s Office on Economic Development tools. Dayton is the Community of the Year because Dayton’s soul was in the planning process from the start.


Mont Belvieu

Mont Belvieu is a city in Chambers and Liberty counties in the U.S. state of Texas. It is just north of Interstate 10 along State Highway 146. The population was 2,324 at the 2000 Census, increasing 65% to 3,835 in 2010.


El Paso

El Paso is a city and the county seat of El Paso County, Texas, United States, in the far western part of the state. The 2018 population estimate for the city from the U.S. Census was 682,669, making it the 22nd largest city in the United States.


Fort Worth

Fort Worth is the fifth-largest city in the U.S. state of Texas and the 13th-largest city in the United States.



Richmond is a city in Fort Bend County, Texas, United States. It is the county seat, and is located within the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area. As of the 2010 U.S. census, the city population was 11,679.



Buda is a city in Hays County, Texas, United States. The population was 7,295 in 2010, up from 2,404 at the 2000 census.



Plano is a city in north Texas. The Heritage Farmstead Museum is a restored 19th-century farm with original tools and furniture, plus a replica 1895 schoolroom. The Interurban Railway Museum traces the history of the Texas Electric Railway, and has a vintage rail car.



Richardson is a principal city in Dallas and Collin counties in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2018 American Community Survey, the city had a total population of 120,981.



Tyler is a city in eastern Texas. It's known as a center for rose cultivation. In season, thousands of rose bushes line the manicured grounds of the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden.