The Frank F. Ferris Award for Planning Excellence

The Frank F. Ferris II Planning Award was created by the Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission in 1995 to recognize and honor the lifelong dedication of Mr. Frank F. Ferris II to municipal, county, and regional planning activities. It is awarded annually to a local planning commission or planning committee whose efforts have contributed to the elevation of planning principles, greater awareness of the value of planning, and improved quality of life.


2018 winners awarded in 2019:

The Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission is pleased to announce that Great Parks of Hamilton County has been named the 2018 FRANK F. FERRIS II COMMUNITY PLANNING AWARD. The award was presented at the Hamilton County Planning Partnership Annual Meeting on Friday, March 22nd, at Cooper Creek Event Center in the City of Blue Ash.

Great Parks Staff

Great Parks of Hamilton County's "Comprehensive Master Plan" won in the Development of a Plan Category. Great Parks of Hamilton County is a professionally prepared plan that was informed by stakeholder and citizen input. The plan aligns with the mission of Great Parks "to preserve and protect natural resources and provide outdoor recreation and education to enhance the quality of life for present and future generations by defining a clear strategy and decision-making guide for the next ten years." In efforts to engage as many residents as possible, Great Parks held visioning meetings in various locations throughout the region and developed an online survey for residents to conveniently use. Great Parks continues to be a model of planning in Hamilton County.

Past Winners Include:

  •  2017- 2 Winners- Village of Silverton (Arts in Public Spaces Master Plan) and Robert "Bob" Polewski (Melvin D. Martin Stewart Leadership in Planning)
  •  2016- 2 Winners-‚Äč City of Montgomery (Gateway Redevelopment Area Master Plan) and Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation (Walnut Hills Reinvestment Plan)
  • 2015 - 2 Winners - Delhi Township (Plan the Pike) and City of Cincinnati (New Police District 3 Headquarters)
  • 2014 - 2 Winners - City of Deer Park (2035 Vision Plan) and Village of Evendale (Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan)
  • 2013 - Anderson Township (Downtown Anderson Plan)
  • 2012 - Plan Cincinnati - City of Cincinnati Planning Commission
  • 2011 - Village of Lincoln Heights & Model Group - Valley Homes Redevelopment
  • 2010 - Village of Greenhills (Comprehensive Plan Process and Citizen Participation)
  • 2009 - 2 Winners - Springdale (Tri-County Retail District Plan for Revitalization) and Price Hill Will (Glenway Market Study and Redevelopment Plan)
  • 2008 - Climate Protection Steering Committee (Green Cincinnati Plan)
  • 2007 - The North College Hill Planning Commission's Comprehensive Plan
  • 2006 - City of Montgomery, The Montgomery Road Corridor Design Guidelines
  • 2005 - Anderson Township Transportation Advisory Committee for Anderson Trails
  • 2004 - Springfield Township (The Winton Road Streetscape and Zoning Overlay Plan)
  • 2003 - Cincinnati Tomorrow (the Creative City Plan) and Greenhills Village Council (Dewitt Street Housing Redevelopment Project)
  • 2002 - Carthage Civic League (The Mills of Carthage)
  • 2001 - City of Madeira (Miami Avenue Street Beautification Plan)
  • 2000 - Riverfront Advisors (The Banks)
  • 1999 - Anderson Township (Anderson Trails Master Plan)
  • 1998 - Columbia Township (Wooster Corridor Land Use Plan)
  • 1997 - City of Forest Park (Kemper Meadows Business Plan)
  • 1996 - Sycamore Township (Comprehensive Planning Program)
  • 1995 - City of Blue Ash (Downtown Development)

For further information contact: 
Steve Johns   - Planning Services Administrator 
(513) 946-4455