APA SLMS Awards Nomination 2023

Encouraging and recognizing excellence in planning has been an important component of the American Planning Association (APA) since its inception. The St. Louis Metro Section Board of the Missouri Chapter of the APA would like to extend an invitation to all its members to submit nominations for the 2023 APA St. Louis Section Awards. Several award categories were designed to honor those who create, develop and implement the area’s finest planning documents and development projects. The awards will be presented during a ceremony to honor award winners at the St. Louis Metro Section Holiday Party (Date to be determined). Please note that the submittal deadline is 5:00 PM on Friday, September 29, 2023.

The Awards Committee is made up of five (5) St. Louis Metro Section APA members who review all nominations and make the final decision on award recipients.

Select the award category by clicking the corresponding link:

  1. Outstanding Award for Plan Making (https://forms.gle/L7wThVHaw2R1gSTk9)
  2. Outstanding Award for Best Planning Practice (https://forms.gle/aB4GPCWGc2SdUDid6)
  3. F. Davis Awards (https://forms.gle/aezVpYrZudxBWrR2A)

It is imperative that all of the following information be provided in full. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Submit only one (1) project for one (1) award category per application. Please direct any questions about the awards program to Shilpi Bharti at ar.shilpibharti@gmail.com. Entries must be electronically submitted by 5:00PM on Friday September 29, 2023. Materials received after this date will not be accepted.

Prior Year Awardees: 


Dwight F. Davis Award for Outstanding Planning Advocate: Dr. Sarah Coffin, Saint Louis University

Dwight F. Davis Award for Outstanding Planning Advocate: Brian H. Hurd

Outstanding Plan Making: St. Charles County 2030 Master Plan

Outstanding Planning Practice: Gravois-Jefferson Aligned

President's Award: Martin L. Mathews, Mathews Dickey's Boys & Girls Club

Planning Champion Award: Beth Letscher


2019 Photos by Mara Perry. Many photos feature Scott Hanson and Jonathan Roper from the St. Louis Metro Section.

  • Award for Outstanding Plan Making: The Lake St. Louis Comprehensive Plan (The i5 Group)
The i5 Group - Web large

  • Award for Outstanding Plan Implementation: The Signal Hill Outdoor Classroom (Heartlands Conservancy)
Heartlands Conservancy Award Web large

  • Dwight F. Davis Award for Outstanding Planning Advocate: 
    Bill Koehnemann, City of Highland, Combined Planning and Zoning Board
Bill Koehnemann Award 2019 Web large

  • and Missy Waldman, City of Olivette, City Council.
Missy Waldman 2019 Award Web Large

  • President's award: Richard Ward.


2018 Photos by Mara Perry. All photos feature Cynthia Bowen, President of APA National and Scott Hanson from the St. Louis Metro Section

  • Award for Outstanding Plan Making: The Gravois-Jefferson Historic Neighborhoods Plan (Rise Community Development
Rise Gravois Jefferson 2018 award web

  • Award for Outstanding Plan Implementation:  Educational Campus Zoning District (The City of Webster Groves)
Webster Groves 2018 Award web

  • Award for Outstanding Best Planning Practice: Business Assistance Program (City of Fairview Heights)
Fairview Heights 2018 Award Web

  • President's award: Dr. Peter Salsich, Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Planning
Peter Salsich 2018 award web


  • Award for Outstanding Plan Making: Creve Coeur 2030 Comprehensive Plan Update (H3 Studio, City of Creve Coeur)

  • Award for Outstanding Plan Implementation: Gateway Bike Plan (Alta Planning)

  • Dwight F. Davis Award for Outstanding Planning Advocate: David Wilson (East-West Gateway Council of Governments)

  • President's award: John King, land use attorney.