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Thursday October 29, 2015 from 6:15 PM to 9:00 PM EDT

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T Pepin's Hospitality Centre 
4121 N 50th Street
Tampa, FL 33610

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Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission's

33rd Annual Planning & Design Awards

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Thursday, October 29, 2015 | Winners Announced 

T Pepin's Hospitality Centre | 4121 N 50th Street | Tampa

Tampa Bay Times Reception | 6:15 p.m.

Dinner & Awards presented by Tampa Electric & Peoples Gas | 7:15 p.m.

Tickets | $50 per person | $400 per table of eight  | $525 per table of ten

Tickets will be on sale through October 22, 2015.

Please register above to RSVP, click on Register Now above.

Then, complete your ticket purchase:

REGISTER FIRST, then Pay by Check:

  • Make checks payable to: Hillsborough County BOCC
  • Indicate who the payment is for & a contact phone #
  • Mail to:  The Planning Commission, 601 East Kennedy Boulevard, 18th Floor, Tampa, FL 33602

OR REGISTER FIRST, then Pay by Credit Card:

  • Fees will be applied (up to $3.50 per ticket) at:

Please note: 
Registration is finalized when payment has been received.

Table sponsorships are available to those who purchase packages of 8 or 10 tickets and include reserved table with company name posted and recognition during the awards presentation.

The Planning Commission is proud to announce our 33rd annual celebration of great planning in Hillsborough County. This awards program is a well-respected tradition honoring the very best in planning and design in Hillsborough County. Winning projects contribute to a better quality of life in our community and serve as models to learn from and emulate. With the emphasis on the importance of great planning in our own region, our awards program is now held in October to align with the many national festivities during the American Planning Association's (APA) National Community Planning Month and celebration of Great Places in America!

This is a program you will not want to miss! In addition to exciting juried Awards of Merit, Awards of Excellence, and Outstanding Contribution to the Community, there will be a rarely given Jan Abell Award for outstanding contribution in the historic presevation category. This year's program will also feature special presentation awards never given before:

Two Signature of Light Awards presented by Tampa Electric

Hillsborough River Stewardship Award presented by the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board

  Brendan McLaughlin

Thank you to our host!

Brendan McLaughlin, ABC Action News Anchor


Thank you to our judges!


Merle Bishop, FAICP Merle Bishop

With more than 40 years of experience in planning and growth management, Merle Bishop is a Certified Public Manager and is currently the Growth Management Department Director for the City of Winter Haven, Florida. A member of AICP since 1986, Merle served as President of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association from 2011 through 2013.

Allison Megrath, AICP Allison Megrath

Allison Megrath is the Real Estate Manager for Plum Creek – the largest property owner in the United States.  Allison’s experience with planning and zoning at both the public and private sector spans over two decades.  Allison has served many roles with the Florida Chapter of APA, including being a 3-time Chair of the Awards Committee and a multi-time delegate at the APA National Conference.

Shrimatee Ojah-Maharaj, AICP Shrimatee Ojah-Maharaj

Shrimatee Ojah Maharaj has more than 25 years of regional and local experience in planning and economic development. She has vast experience in comprehensive, neighborhood planning, large scale developments, small business creation, retention and expansion, and redevelopment and revitalization with the city of St Petersburg. A former graduate studies adjunct at USF Tampa, she currently oversees the city’s grants program. Shrimatee also serves on the board of advisors for the Midtown Journeys in Journalism for local elementary, middle and high schools; the Pinellas Opportunity Council, a local action anti-poverty agency; and the Gibbs High School Business Education and Technology Academy.

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Call for Entries is now closed.

The Planning Commission is currently soliciting entries for our 33rd annual awards program. Complete submission package with entry fee must be delivered no later than:

UPDATE! EXTENDED Deadline from August 27 to:

August 31, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.


The Planning Commission, 18th floor

601 E Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, Florida 33602

 The $160 entry fee must be made payable to:

Board of County Commissioners

The entry fee may be waived for student designed projects or for projects designed and executed entirely with volunteer resources.  All entries become property of the Planning Commission. Photos and drawings submitted may be used by the Planning Commission in materials, including websites, social media, publications, presentations, and educational programs. No entry materials will be returned.

Submission Criteria & Information