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Ebell Club of Santa Ana
718 Mortimer Street

Santa Ana, CA 92701

Each year, APA Orange Section recognizes and celebrates outstanding planning work throughout Orange County. The Planning Awards honors innovative plans and projects, distinguished individuals, and other contributions to the planning profession.

The Orange Section of the American Planning Association invites you to attend our Annual Awards Night on May 17, 2023! This year’s celebration will be held at the Historic Ebell Clubhouse in Downtown Santa Ana. Join your friends and colleagues as we recognize outstanding plans, projects, and planners from Orange County. Free parking is provided on-site, and registration includes dinner, dessert, and one drink ticket. 

The awards program will celebrate the outstanding work, organizations, and leaders that have contributed to creating great communities and strengthening the planning profession.


$50 - Members

$70 - Non-Members

$30 - Students

Date and Time:

Wednesday, May 17th

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Ebell Clubhouse

The Historic Ebell of Santa Ana was designed in 1924 by one of Orange County’s best known architects. Built originally to support and house women’s education and philanthropic work, the beautiful Spanish revival has multiple spaces available for your special event. Surrounded by hundred year old oak trees, the venue boasts the original features that are truly unique and special. These features include arched doorways, colorful Spanish tiles, high wood beam ceilings, beautifully maintained iron chandeliers, and mercury glass detailed wooden doors. 

Source: Ebell Society

Become A Juror.

We are looking for diverse planning professionals to serve on our Awards jury! Juror tasks include reviewing all submitted award nominations, participating in jury deliberations to vote on the winning nominations, and attending the in-person Planning Awards scheduled in May. Jurors will participate in a 2-3 hour Jury Dinner Deliberation Meeting (date TBA).

To become an Awards Juror, please email a short statement of interest and your resume to the APA Awards Co-Chair, Amy Vazquez, at:

Awards Categories.

APA Orange Section invites you to submit an awards nomination in the following categories:

  • Academic

  • Advancing Diversity and Social Change

  • Best Practices

  • Communications Initiative

  • Comprehensive Planning: Large Jurisdiction (pop. >100,000)

  • Comprehensive Planning: Small Jurisdiction (pop. <100,000)

  • Distinguished Service

  • Distinguished Contribution

  • Economic Planning and Development

  • Emerging Planning and Design Firm

  • Grassroots Initiative

  • Hard-Won Victory

  • Implementation: Large Jurisdiction (pop. >100,000)

  • Implementation: Small Jurisdiction (pop. <100,000)

  • Innovation in Green Community Planning

  • Opportunity and Empowerment

  • Planning Advocate

  • Planning Agency (public sector)

  • Planning Firm (private sector)

  • Public Outreach

  • Transportation Planning

  • Urban Design

  • Making Great Communities Happen (Section-Only Award)

Projects and programs that receive an award of excellence or merit in the categories listed above will be eligible to submit to the Chapter Awards when applications open later this spring. Chapter award applications are due between April 15- May 15, 2023.

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