American Planning Association California Chapter 2017 Award of Excellence
San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan was selected as the winner of the 2017 Comprehensive Plan Award: Large Jurisdiction. The APA California Awards Program encourages quality in planning and increases the public's awareness of the planning profession by recognizing outstanding achievement in the planning field. The program honors innovative plans and projects, distinguished APA members, lay contributors to planning, and achievements of local APA California Sections.

APA California Planning Awards are presented annually at the APA California Conference in two categories: Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit.

2017 Planning Excellence Awards
San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan was selected as the “Best of the Best” in the 2017 Planning Excellence Awards, a prestigious biennial program co-sponsored by the federal government and the American Planning Association, the nation’s primary organization of planning professionals.

Monica Gourdine, associate division administrator for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), presented the award to Chairman Ron Roberts at the SANDAG Board of Directors meeting on May 26, 2017.

"You may ask, ‘What is the best of the best?’” Gourdine said to the Board. “We have seven different categories. It’s a unique opportunity for us to recognize planning activities across the nation. You were the best of the best – this is the top award across the categories. Congratulations."

To be selected, San Diego Forward had to meet several criteria, including representing a holistic approach to transportation planning, demonstrating an innovative approach to a critical issue, providing significant benefits to transportation users, and exemplifying a commitment to collaborating with partners and stakeholders.

San Diego Chapter - American Planning Association
The local chapter of the American Planning Association presented a 2017 comprehensive planning excellence award (Large Jurisdiction) to SANDAG for the Regional Plan.

The jury panel for this awards program had the following to say regarding the Regional Plan application and award:

“The jury felt that this project highlights what long range planning can effectively do in terms of establishing a vision. The plan is unique in its incorporation of infrastructure assessments, market analysis, the economic development framework, and a detailed capital improvements plan, while considering public health, equity, and new topics such as complete streets. The public outreach component of the Plan was significant and reached people both far and wide across the San Diego Region who actively participated in the development of the Plan.”