2020 PAW/APA Planning Awards

The 37th annual Planning Association of Washington (PAW) / American Planning Association - Washington (APA-WA) State Awards for Planning Excellence were announced Friday, October 30 at the PAW annual membership meeting, which was held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Winning teams shared the highlights of their projects, which represent some of the most innovative and excellent planning work happening throughout the state.

The following projects were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the field of planning: 

Category: Community Engagement
City of Olympia and the Community Working Group, for the Homeless Response Plan

Category: Comprehensive Planning, Large Jurisdiction
City of Bellevue, in association with NBBJ, for the Wilburton Commercial Area study

Category: Comprehensive Planning, Small Jurisdiction
Columbia County, City of Dayton and Town of Starbuck, for the Regional Comprehensive Plan update

Category: Implementation
City of Lakewood, in association with KPG and Framework, for the Colonial Plaza project

Category: Student Project
Western Washington University Sustainable Community Initiative, in association with the City of Ferndale, for the Ferndale City Center Catalyst project

Category: Sustainability
City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, in association with Framework, for the CAP Report – Space for Arts and Culture in Seattle

Category: Community Engagement
Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, in association with Beckwith Consulting Group, for the Jamestown S’Klallam Housing Solutions project

Winners were selected by a jury of independent planning professionals working in diverse roles and jurisdictions around Washington State. Nominations for next year’s awards will open in early 2021.