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Premier Project Awards

The Dauphin County Board of Commissioners and Planning Commission invite you to submit your entries for the seventh annual Premier Project Awards.

This annual awards program acknowledges and encourages planning excellence in Dauphin County, recognizing projects that meet the community, environmental and economic goals of the county’s comprehensive plan.

Individuals, organizations, municipalities, public authorities, developers and public/private partnerships may submit applications for plans, studies and projects -- completed in Dauphin County in 2016, 2017 or 2018 -- in which they were principally involved in design, development or implementation. Entries that did not win in 2016 or 2017 are eligible again in 2018.

Examples include, but are not limited to: comprehensive plans, development projects, ordinance revisions, infrastructure improvement, renewal projects, downtown development, neighborhood revitalization, transit, bike-ped, etc.

SEE BELOW FOR PROGRAM DETAILS …


2018 PPA WINNERS:

Read the news release.

  • Growing Our Communities: RGS Associates – “VERDE Apartments,” whose goal was to create a housing development in Hummelstown Borough that would replace blighted buildings and revitalize a neighborhood that was otherwise deteriorating and vacant.

  • Growing Our Economy: Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. – “Duke Street Bridge Replacement Project,” whose goal was to replace a bridge over the Swatara Creek between Hummelstown Borough and South Hanover Township that had been built in 1910 and was deemed in poor condition.

  • Growing Within Our Environment: Middle Paxton Township – “Middle Paxton Township Solar Panel Project,” whose goal was to install to solar array on the roof of the township administration building, saving taxpayer dollars and supporting the environment.

  • Small Project Award: Millersburg Borough – “Millersburg Borough Zoning Ordinance,” whose goal was to create the borough’s first form-based zoning ordinance to solve the problem of uneven development and offer clear standards for new construction.

  • The Timothy P. Reardon Excellence in Planning Award: Monarch Development Group, LLC -- “Sunflower Fields,” whose goal was to create an affordable workforce housing development in Susquehanna Township with 35 single-family detached homes available for rent.

VIEW LIST OF ALL WINNERS SINCE 2012


HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2018 PREMIER PROJECT AWARDS:

 

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ELIGIBILITY:

Individuals, organizations, municipalities, public authorities, developers and public/private partnerships may submit applications for plans, studies and projects -- completed in Dauphin County in 2015, 2016 or 2017 -- in which they were principally involved in design, development or implementation. Entries that did not win in 2015 or 2016 are eligible again in 2017.


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ENTRY EXAMPLES:

Examples include, but are not limited to: comprehensive plans, development projects, ordinance revisions, infrastructure improvement, renewal projects, downtown development, neighborhood revitalization, transit, bike-ped improvements, etc.


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JUDGING CRITERIA FOR EACH ENTRY:

  • Effectiveness and results;

  • Originality and innovation;

  • Ease of replication;

  • Community involvement and participation; and

  • Compatibility with the Comprehensive Plan.


APPLICATION PACKAGE MUST INCLUDE:

  • Planning Awards entry form;

  • 1-2 page project summary;

  • 1-2 page project narrative explaining how the project meets the judging criteria and category objectives;

  • Supporting material, including pictures, plans or renderings in print quality format;

  • Up to 3 letters of reference supporting the application;

  • 1 flash/thumb drive, memory stick or CD of all application materials, including a list of all project partners with contact info;

  • Applicant signature to approve entry and use of all application materials in future publications by Dauphin County Planning Commission.


CATEGORIES:

Categories 1-3 are for projects with total costs over $250,000. Entrants may select no more than 2 categories. Judges have the flexibility to consider an entrant in a different category.

Growing Our Communities:

  • Sustainable Development;

  • Housing;

  • Public Services.

Growing Within Our Environment:

  • Water Quality & Stormwater Management;

  • Floodplain & Riparian Area Preservation;

  • Agricultural Resource Protection.

Growing Our Economy:

  • Programs & Policies;

  • Transportation Networks;

  • Water & Wastewater Infrastructure.

Small Project Award:

  • Less than $250,000 in total project costs;

  • May fit in any of the above categories.

“Excellence in Planning” Award:

  • Recognizes additional project(s) in any of the above categories, at any budget level, for its overall excellence or use of innovative planning practices.


THANKS!

A big thank-you to our Premier Sponsor for the 2017 Premier Project Awards:

 
 

And to our Sustainability Sponsor for this year's program:

 
 

To sponsor the seventh annual PPAs, to be held in January 2019, click here:


FOR MORE INFO:

Email Dauphin County Planning Coordinator Jerry Duke or call (717) 234-2639.