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Conference Kicks Off Today!

Some 6,200 planners are attending this year's National Planning Conference in Seattle. You can still join the crowd April 18-21 and be part of a global conversation about the issues that matter most to you. Check out the full conference program — sessions, mobile workshops, institutes, symposia, and more.

Online registration continues until noon on Tuesday, April 21.

Upcoming Events

Free live webcast — Monday, April 20, noon-1:15 a.m. (ET) — Transforming Communities for an Aging America Sponsored by AARP CM

Audio/Web Conferences — Webcasts from the National Planning Conference in Seattle: April 18: "Negotiation Skills for Planners"; April 19: "Planning and Climate Change Symposium"; April 20: "Assessing Existing Conditions with Census Data"; April 20: "Planning Commissioner Ethics" CM

Tuesdays at APA May 12 in DC: "Linking Communities Together Through Innovative Regional Transportation Planning" CM

New Publications from APA

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Planning the Pacific Northwest

A day trip in the Pacific Northwest can go from pristine wilderness to downtown Seattle, Portland, or Vancouver. How are these commercial and cultural hot spots keeping nature and growth in balance — and what's coming next? Trace the path from forests and fish to bikes and brews in Planning the Pacific Northwest, a tale of three cities leading the way to smart growth. This title continues the APA Planners Press series on how planning shapes major American cities.


Rural by Design book cover

Rural by Design

When this planning classic by author Randall Arendt first appeared 20 years ago, it showed how creative, practical land-use planning can preserve open space and keep community character intact. The second edition of Rural by Design shifts the focus toward infilling neighborhoods, strengthening town centers, and moving development closer to schools, shops, and jobs. Readers will find practical advice about planning for the way we live now.