Planning advocate award Eligibility & Suggested Criteria

The Planning Advocate Award recognizes an engaged citizen, appointed/elected official or board, or community organization that has made significant and sustained contributions to advancing or promoting planning in Montgomery County.  Anyone may submit nominations.  Our agency evaluates all submissions, and a select group of nominations are judged and awarded by the Montgomery Award Committee, consisting of members from the Montgomery County Planning Commission Board. 


Any individual, group, or organization that has demonstrated a significant leadership role in promoting excellence in planning and has contributed to community improvement in Montgomery County is eligible. This award is specifically designed to recognize the exceptional work being done by volunteers, public officials, and nonprofit groups/organizations. Self-nominations will not be considered.

Examples of eligible candidates include engaged citizens, members of municipal governing bodies or planning commissions; economic development, transportation, environmental, or historic preservation boards/organizations; or other local appointed and elected officials; citizen leaders; or community organizations.


Support of Planning Efforts

Please describe how the nominee's leadership, ideas, work, and commitment have notably advanced or promoted excellence in planning and contributed to improving the community.

Effectiveness and Results

Describe the extent to which the nominee has been effective in formulating and implementing ideas and planning efforts that have made a positive impact on the community. Identify the level of influence and effectiveness achieved by the nominee and their sustained commitment to activities that provide significant community contribution. Describe how the nominee has successfully collaborated, engaged, and led the community during the planning process.