American Planning Association

North Carolina Chapter

Awards Committee

The committee is responsible for selecting and recognizing people and projects that represent the highest standards of achievement in the planning profession. Each year the committee recognizes  those individuals and agencies who have completed outstanding plans, programs, and projects, or have made notable contributions to the planning profession.

The North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association’s (APA-NC) Marvin Collins Planning Awards program annually recognizes agencies and individuals that have completed outstanding plans, programs, and projects; have excelled as planning students; or have made notable contributions to the planning profession. The awards signify the highest standards of achievement for planning in North Carolina, and highlight work that is worthy of attention.

The Awards Program is named in honor of the late Marvin Collins, a former Planning Director for Orange County, North Carolina, who developed the idea for the program in 1975. He received a Professional Achievement Award from the APA-NC just prior to his death in 1998. For the 25th anniversary of the awards program, the APA-NC Executive Committee recognized Marvin’s service to the chapter by adding his name to the awards program.

Award categories include:

  • Outstanding Planning
  • Phillip R Green Jr. Distinguished Service Award
  • Significant Contributions to Planning
  • Robert E. Reiman Professional Achievement
  • Distinguished Leadership
  • Journalism
  • Outstanding Students
  • Outstanding Project

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Committee Members (Effective for the 2017 Awards):


Awards Committee- East Awards Committee-West
Craig Benedict, AICP

Planning and Inspections Director

Orange County Planning & Inspections Department

Adam Stumb, AICP, CZO, CFM

Director of Planning

Ashe County

Kevin B. Reid, AICP, CFM, CZO

Planning and Inspections Director

Village of Pinehurst

Tim Brown

Senior Planner

Town of Mooresville Development Services

Mary Rose

Planning Director

Clinton/Sampson County

Karen Smith, AICP

Chief Planner

North Carolina Department of Commerce

Rural Economic Development Division

Courtney Tanner, AICP, CZO

Senior Planner

Town of Morrisville

Elizabeth Teague, AICP

Planning Director

Town of Waynesville

*Ben Woody, AICP

Director of Planning & Community Development

Currituck County

Shannon Tuch, ASLA


City of Asheville


*Resigned from the 2018 Awards Committee because he moved to West District

**Note: There will be 2 new people added to the Awards Committee for 2018 (Bynum Walters-City of Raleigh (yet to be notified) and one unappointed)