ABOUT THE DESIGN AWARDS:
The Hunterdon County Planning Board partneredg with the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission to create an expanded awards event for 2014 that recognized current and past achievements in Planning, Historic Preservation & the Arts.
This event recognized outstanding plans and projects, publications, performances and the people behind them to create a heightened awareness of good planning, design and cultural contributions that contribute to the quality of life in Hunterdon County.
Any project, plan, publication or performances that have been completed or will be completed between January 1, 2013 and January 1, 2015 are eligible. Projects, plans, publications or performances with approvals or completion dates outside the guidelines will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
OVERALL SELECTION CRITERIA:
- INNOVATIVE: Projects, plans, publications or performances that demonstrate originality of concept, or appreciable refinement of existing techniques or procedures.
- TRANSFERABLE: Projects, plans, publications or performances that demonstrate a potential application to other areas, or contribute a broader impact to Hunterdon County residents beyond the activity itself.
- QUALITY: Projects, plans, publications or performances that demonstrate an excellence of concept, thought, analysis, writing, graphics or character of presentation. The work reflects an understanding of the natural, social, political and/or economic history of Hunterdon.
- IMPLEMENTATION: Projects, plans, publications or performances that demonstrate the effectiveness of the work or address the special needs of the community.
- PUBLIC SUPPORT: Projects, plans, publications or performances that demonstrate broad based public support.
- HERMIA LECHNER AWARD (Environmental) Given to an individual or organization for exceptional efforts that promote the conservation of natural resources; may include ordinances, environmental programs, open space plans or other projects that protect or restore the natural environment.
- DONALD B. JONES AWARD (Historic) Given to an individual or organization for completed Projects, plans, publications or performances that significantly contribute to the preservation of Hunterdon County’s historical or rural heritage; may include historic restoration projects, historic preservation ordinances, historical scholarship or other projects that preserve the historic or rural landscape. The work reflects an understanding of the natural, social, political and/or economic history of Hunterdon.
- REHABILITATION/ADAPTIVE USE Given to an individual or organization for exceptional efforts in the rehabilitation or adaptive use of residential or commercial structures or residential or commercial development projects or plans.
- FREEHOLDER PARTNERSHIP AWARD An outstanding planning effort where a key element involves public and private sector partnering, or the partnering of different public sector entities to move a plan/project forward.
- TRANSPORTATION Includes private or public sector projects or plans that creatively addresses local or regional transportation needs.
- YOUTH PROJECTS: Given to a group or an individual for a planning related public service project or plan, or an arts related public service project or plan.
- ARTS: Given to an individual or organization for completed Projects, plans, publications or performances that significantly contribute to opening artistic opportunities for county residents in the performing arts, visual arts and literary arts.
- SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Given to an individual or organization whose efforts or results may fall outside the prior categories but has made a significant contribution to the quality of life in Hunterdon County. Please contact the committee for more information on submitting a nomination in this category.
The projects will be reviewed by the awards committee review panel. The panel members may consist of County Planning Board & Cultural & Heritage Commission members, a Freeholder representative, department staff, as well as representatives from the public and private sectors. All winners will be recognized at the 2014 Awards Event. Based on the quality of nominations received, the committee reserves the right to present as many or as few awards as deemed appropriate.
PRIOR AWARD WINNERS: