Great Places

What is the South Carolina Great Places Program?

Great Places in America

The American Planning Association recognizes Great Places in America annually in three categories:
Great Neighborhoods, Great Public Spaces and Great Streets.  
South Carolina is proud to say that APA has recognized six locations across the state as Great Places. 

APA South Carolina Great Places in South Carolina Program

In 2020, APA South Carolina will begin our own Great Places program. We would like to acknowledge and celebrate your planning efforts through this program. APA South Carolina will begin accepting applications in the Fall of 2019 in three categories:
Great Neighborhoods, Great Public Spaces, and Great Streets. 
This program will be biennial and opposite the APA South Carolina Planning Awards.

What is the Goal of this Program?

APA South Carolina wishes to recognize the hard work of planners across our state in making “great communities for all!”
This program will also raise awareness of planning and the planning profession to federal, state, and local policy makers.


Nominations: How can I apply?

Suggesting neighborhoods, streets or public spaces for a Great Places designation is easy. Just complete the online application and upload accompanying photos and documents. See additional details below!

What makes a Great Place?

Check out APA’s website for some suggestions, as well as the previous SC Winners listed below.

Review Process

All nominations will be reviewed by the Executive Committee, in the first year. Additional information may be requested, after initial nomination, prior to awarding.

Announcements & Recognition

Winners will be recognized at the APA South Carolina Winter Conference. Winners will be given a session at the conference to share their story and how they became a “Great Place”. 


Additionally, the winners will be offered assistance in nominating their place for the National APA award the same year; the nominations are due in April. 


The SC Great Places program has been developed to support not only our Chapter goals, but also to provide ample time for nominations to be submitted to the national program.




APA Great Places Deadline APA Website


APA Great Places Announced

APA Website


Planning Month

Local Great Places Celebrations


Call for SC Great Places nominations

APA South Carolina website, APA South Carolina email announcement, Newsletter


SC committee reviews nominations

 Internal review


SC winners notified

 Email announcement


SC winners announced

Winter Conference



Need Inspiration? 

Check Out Our APA National Winners


Beaufort, South Carolina

Beaufort Historic District – 2013 Great Neighborhood


Charleston, South Carolina

Broad Street – 2012 Great Street

King Street – 2014 Great Street

Waterfront Park – 2008 Great Public Space


Greenville, South Carolina

Main Street – 2009 Great Street


Greenwood, South Carolina

Uptown Greenwood – 2017 Great Neighborhood


The Application

Applications are being accepted through January 6, 2020. Click here to submit your nomination today!

Have additional questions about this program?

Contact Amy Southerland at