2018 Greater Sydney Planning Awards

The Greater Sydney Planning Awards acknowledge excellence in planning and recognise outstanding collaborative, innovative and bold initiatives that will deliver benefits to communities, economies and the environment.

Nominations are now closed.

2017 Award winners

Congratulations to all winners of the 2017 Planning Awards.

Key dates

Entries open:
12 February 2018
Entries close:
13 April 2018
Awards ceremony:
26 June 2018
GSPA trophies

Award Categories

The six 2018 award categories align with the Greater Sydney Commission’s key themes of:

  • Infrastructure and collaboration,
  • Liveability,
  • Productivity, and
  • Sustainability.

This year there are also two new award categories – Planning for jobs and skills and Great sustainability initiative.

Nominations are called for the first five award categories.


Aim: To recognise a project that has shown exceptional collaboration with the community.

Criteria: Entrants are to provide an example of community engagement or a community-initiated project they managed and demonstrate:

  • How the community was actively involved;
  • How the community’s needs were reflected in the project and the community benefit that was delivered;
  • How the community engagement/collaboration enhanced liveability, productivity or sustainability;
  • Why the approach taken was successful.

Aim: Awarded to a project or development that has integrated new or improved infrastructure and/or community services.

Criteria: Entrants are to provide one example of a project or development that they managed and demonstrate:

  • How infrastructure/community service needs were identified efficiently and innovatively integrated into the project/development;
  • How the project or development demonstrated best practice in collaboration with government, industry or local community;
  • How the infrastructure/community services have improved physical and/or social connectivity;
  • How the infrastructure/community services delivered a benefit to the community benefit.

Aim: To recognise a residential, commercial or mixed-use development or area that creates a great place by putting people at the heart of planning, enhancing wellbeing and the social connections of residents and/or workers.

Criteria: Entrants are to provide one example of an innovative project they managed and demonstrate how one or more of the following was achieved:

  • A partnership between industry, government and the private sector;
  • Provision of affordable and diverse housing;
  • Provision of an innovative commercial hub;
  • Creation of an area such as a civic place or park;
  • Supports the development of a more accessible and walkable city;
  • Supports healthy and liveable communities;
  • Encourages social connections;
  • Demonstrates urban design excellence;
  • Provides lessons that can be applied to future projects.

Aim: Awarded to a plan, strategy, project, piece of research or development that supports the 30-minute City by seeking to create the conditions to generate stronger local economic and employment opportunities.

Criteria: Entrants are to provide one example of a plan, strategy, project, piece of research or development that demonstrates how one or more of the following was achieved:

  • Supports the concept of the 30-minute City by enhances productivity or competitiveness within a local area;
  • Encourages a greater diversity of jobs and/or employment growth within a local area;
  • Creates the conditions that help foster economic innovation;
  • Has lessons that can be applied to other local areas;
  • If submitting a piece of research, demonstrate how the credibility of the research has been verified.

Aim: Awarded to a project or plan which, through its implementation, protects, promotes or enhances the environment.

Criteria: Entrants are to provide one example of a project which can be applied elsewhere and which demonstrates how one or more of the following was achieved:

  • Protects, restores or enhances landscapes (can include waterways, bushland and open space);
  • Supports an efficient city through innovative management of water, energy, resources and waste;
  • Builds more resilient communities by considering/addressing climate change, hazards and technological change;
  • Is an exemplary example of a sustainability initiative;
  • If submitting a piece of research, demonstrate how the credibility of the research has been verified.


Aim: Awarded for a piece of research, innovation public leadership or achievement that supports the aims of the Greater Sydney Commission.

The Chief Commissioner will select an initiative that demonstrates forward-thinking approaches to planning in the areas of:

  • Plan making, planning practice or development delivery;
  • Innovation in design;
  • Exemplary public leadership or innovation in planning policy or practice;
  • New or innovative approaches to community engagement or stakeholder collaboration;
  • New approaches to accessing data.

*Nominations are not accepted for this category. If you would like the Chief Commissioner to consider an initiative please email us at media@gsc.nsw.gov.au.

 

How to enter

Nominations are now closed.

Sponsors

Thanks to our 2018 Greater Sydney Planning Award sponsors:

Platinum sponsor

Evolve Housing logo

Gold sponsor

Campbelltown City Council logo

Silver sponsors

Blacktown City Council logo
Western Sydney University logo
City of Sydney logo