38th Annual Planning & Design Awards


The Planning Commission is proud to announce our 38th annual celebration of excellence in planning in Hillsborough County, presented by TECO with marketing partner Tampa Bay Times. This awards program is a well-respected tradition honoring projects contributing to a better quality of life in our community and serving as models to learn from and emulate. With the emphasis on the importance of great planning in our own region, our awards program is held in October to align with the many national festivities during the American Planning Association’s (APA) National Community Planning Month and celebration of Great Places in America!

This year’s awards program will be held virtually on Tuesday, October 27 at 5 p.m. More information is forthcoming. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Lynn Merenda at merendal@plancom.org.

Thank you to our sponsors

The 38th Annual Planning & Design Awards will be held VIRTUALLY on Tuesday, October 27

How to Enter

All entries become the property of the Planning Commission. Photos and drawings submitted may be used by the Planning Commission in materials including websites, social media, publications, presentations, and educational programs, etc. Entry materials will not be returned.


Read the criteria and follow the submission instructions in the 38th Annual Planning & Design Awards Entry Form.


Once your materials are complete, submit your entry package online at bit.ly/planningdesignentry


Mail your entry fee to the Planning Commission.

601 E Kennedy Boulevard, County Center, 18th Floor Tampa, FL 33602

The check or money order should be made out to:

Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners


Deadlines & Entry Fees

The entry fee may be waived for student designed projects or for projects designed and executed entirely with volunteer resources. Call 813.273.3774 ext. 342 to find out if your project qualifies for a waived fee.

Early Bird $125

Friday, July 31 | 5 p.m.


General Entry $195

Tuesday, August 25 | 5 p.m.

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The Planning Commission

601 E Kennedy Boulevard, County Center, 18th Floor Tampa, FL 33602


Lynn Merenda | merendal@plancom.org

Caroline Charles | charlesc@plancom.org

Josh Blackman | blackmanj@plancom.org