Legislative and Policy Program

You will find links to APA's Legislative Priorities, adopted and draft APA Policy Guides, APA's Grassroots Network and Action Center, APA Planning and Land Use Law Resource, tips for effective advocacy, legislative resources, and amicus curiae briefs filed by APA in selected cases of national importance.


To advance ethically and technically sound planning as part of the decision making process.

Objective & Strategy

  • To improve the legislation and regulations under which planning operates in Virginia
  • Continue to organize the legislative processes and procedures of the Chapter
    • Include members of each Section in the Legislative Committee
    • Develop specific operating policies and procedures
  • Develop Chapter positions and comments on proposed APA planning policies
  • Identify, monitor and participate in legislative study commissions
  • Send letter offering technical assistance on planning issues to the legislators prior to the General Assembly
  • Develop Chapter positions on legislation
    • Legislative Committee evaluates bills and develops consensus position
    • Position statement is reviewed by Chapter Board's Executive Committee
    • If appropriate, coordinate positions with other planning related organizations to achieve unified response
    • Send Chapter positions on specific legislation to targeted legislators.
  • Coordinate testimony and inform APA Virginia members of bills affecting planning in Virginia.
  • Enhance annual Legislative day as a tool for promoting better planning legislation in Virginia.
  • For information about the APA Virginia Legislative & Policy Program, contact Vice President of Legislation & Policy.


2017 Preliminary Key Bills

2016 Key Bills

2016 Legislative Agenda

2015 Key Bills Document — Final

Managing Growth and Development in Virginia: A Review of the Tools Available to Localities

2014 Key Bills Document — April 14 Edition

APA Virginia Online Legislative Tracking