News Release: March 30, 2016

Port of San Diego Commissioner Earns National Planning Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Port of San Diego Commissioner Ann Moore has been selected by the American Planning Association (APA) to receive the 2016 National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Advocate. This award is the result of Commissioner Moore’s leadership and work in launching the agency-wide Integrated Planning initiative overseeing California’s San Diego Bay waterfront.

The Planning Advocate award recognizes citizens or public officials whose work has advanced the cause of planning—the endeavor of creating and enriching communities—and is presented to just one individual nationwide each year.

“Through her tireless efforts to create a long-term plan for the Port of San Diego, Ann has built consensus among divergent interests, ensuring a sound vision for the Port’s future,” said Port Commissioner Bob Nelson, who nominated Moore for the award. “She is a true champion of planning and has helped colleagues, local businesses, and the community share her contagious commitment and enthusiasm.”

Appointed to the one-year chairmanship of the Board of Port Commissioners in 2013, Moore immediately began campaigning for a better, less reactive approach to planning for the Port’s 6,000 acres of land and water, spanning five cities. Many previous planning efforts were largely developer driven, posing a challenge in balancing multiple priorities for the greater good.

In launching the Integrated Planning initiative, Moore focused on ensuring a meaningful civic engagement process. She personally conducted outreach to multiple stakeholders and the general public on the importance of planning for the Port of San Diego. She emphasized that better planning would result in enhanced public access to the Bay, as well as increase financial return on investment.

“Moore really worked to involve the whole community in the planning process—the very essence of successful planning,” said W. Shedrick Coleman, 2016 APA Awards Jury chair. “She is an example to local leaders and planners everywhere of how to work together to improve communities.”

In August 2014, the Board of Port Commissioners unanimously accepted the Vision Statement and Guiding Principles that Moore helped shepherd. The Port recently completed the visioning phase of this planning effort with the Board of Port Commissioners’ acceptance of a Framework Report in November 2015. The Port’s Integrated Planning Vision will empower planners to better balance commerce, economic impact, and public space development. Using this vision as a foundation, the Integrated Planning Initiative will ultimately result in a comprehensive update to the Port Master Plan, the guiding land and water-use document for the Port’s jurisdiction.

“Ann’s work in initiating, leading, and carrying forward this project is a legacy that will help guide the Port of San Diego for the next 50 years,” said Kevin Faulconer, Mayor of San Diego. “San Diego is the better for her bold and dedicated leadership.”

Read more about Planning Advocate Ann Moore.

The 2016 APA National Planning Award recipients will be honored at a special luncheon on April 4, 2016, during the APA National Planning Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The award winners will also be featured in the April 2016 issue of Planning magazine.

For a list of all of the APA 2016 National Planning Excellence and Achievement Award recipients, visit APA’s national awards program, the profession’s highest honor, is a proud tradition established more than 50 years ago to recognize outstanding community plans, planning programs and initiatives, public education efforts, and individuals for their leadership on planning issues.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science, and profession of good planning–physical, economic and social–so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Ill. For more information, visit

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Tanya Castaneda, Port of San Diego, 619.686.6330;

Roberta Rewers, APA, 312.786.6395;