Ms Hill won the coveted national award for being an outstanding planner, making significant contributions across many spheres and sectors of the planning industry.
Brendan Nelson, Planning Institute of Australia National President and member of the 2016 National Judging Panel, said Ms Hill was recognised by her peers as being inspirational.
“She is well deserving of the title Planner of the Year 2016,” he said.
“We are eager to see how Sarah shapes the future of Sydney following her recent appointment as CEO of the Greater Sydney Commission.”
Greater Sydney Commission Chief Commissioner Lucy Turnbull AO said Ms Hill was a worthy winner of the award.
“I can’t think of any planner who deserves this award more than Sarah,” Ms Turnbull said.
“Sarah is an outstanding planner and a great asset to the profession, and now to the GSC.”
“There is no better person to co-ordinate planning excellence in Greater Sydney than Sarah Hill.”
Ms Hill was named NSW Planner of the Year in November 2015 and in January this year she was made CEO of the newly formed independent Greater Sydney Commission.
She is charged with shaping the future planning direction of Sydney as a global city and bringing people into the planning process.
The National Judging Panel describes Sarah as, “an outstanding planner recognised for her significant contributions across many spheres and sectors of the planning industry.
“In the last two years (she) has led the way on cultural change and raising the value of planning as a profession. We have seen Sarah in action, and acknowledge her dedication, leadership and frankness to achieving good planning blended with economic thinking in NSW.
“In an award category packed with excellent planning practitioners, Sarah’s body of work and degree of influence were standouts.”