January 20, 2023
What to Expect in State Legislatures on Zoning Reform in 2023State legislatures in 2022 focused on increasing affordable housing within their respective regions. The trend of state legislatures preempting zoning reform is expected to continue in 2023 across the country.
July 13, 2021
States Take Aim at Carbon Emissions and Climate ConsequencesState governments are finding new ways to amplify local and regional planning efforts that take aim at curbing harmful carbon emissions and ensuring climate impacts do not disproportionately burden underserved communities. Here is a look at some actions states are taking to help communities secure net-zero futures.
April 13, 2021
Connecticut Planners Take Zoning Reform Fight to the StateZoning reform efforts are underway in Connecticut, a state with a long history of exclusionary zoning. Several bills that aim to tackle zoning reform are in play at the legislature this session — and planners are weighing in.
January 27, 2021
Planners Secure Zoning Reform Win in MassachusettsA new economic development bill includes provisions that will make it easier for towns and cities across Massachusetts to produce more housing by greenlighting certain local zoning changes with a simple majority vote.
July 9, 2020
As States Distribute Funds, More Relief Needed for CommunitiesIt is critical that states distribute federal stimulus funds from CARES Act equitably and efficiently, and we continue advocacy for additional federal relief for state and local governments.
May 6, 2020
The Economic State of the StatesA look at the economic state of the states at this point in the COVID-19 pandemic — and why planners are so critical to response and recovery.
February 3, 2020
3 Top Issues for Planners in 2020 State LegislaturesAs 2020 state legislative sessions start up, here are three top issues for planners.
August 6, 2019
Address the Nation’s Housing Crisis: Action for the StatesState legislation is a part of housing reform. Here are APA's actions for the states.
July 16, 2019
"If I'd Heard From Just One Constituent..."The constituent voice is critical for elected officials as they make decisions. Take a peek at how planners elevated their voices at the state level as 2019 legislative sessions wrap up.
July 11, 2019
Mayors Are Addressing the Housing Crisis — And Planning Is Part of the SolutionRead about the three key housing crisis takeaways for planners in the new National League of Cities Housing Task Force report, Homeward Bound.
November 7, 2018
10 Takeaways from the 2018 Midterm ElectionsThe 2018 Midterm Elections delivered historic firsts and set the stage for shifts in power likely to affect legislative outcomes on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures nationwide. APA reviews the key takeaways.
October 26, 2018
Planners at the Polls: Housing, Infrastructure on 2018 BallotsState and local ballot measures are driving voters to the polls this fall. We are watching some key planning-related measures that could have an impact on your community.
March 26, 2018
California's Urgent Search for Housing SolutionsHousing affordability challenges across the nation are some of the most pressing and controversial. Learn more about California housing legislation and the role of planners.
February 6, 2018
Autonomous Vehicles: States Pave the WayTechnology is rapidly expanding our transit choices, and states are taking notice. What’s new for autonomous vehicles at the state level thus far in 2018?
January 23, 2018
Lay of the Land: 2018 State Legislative SessionsBy the end of January, almost 40 state legislatures across the nation will be in session. Get in the know about key issues and players likely to affect planning during the 2018 legislative season.
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