For Commissioners

Great Planning Commissions Make Great Communities Happen

APA is every commissioner’s best source for training, tools, and support related to local planning.

Members of community planning commissions, zoning boards of appeals, design review boards, and similar bodies may join APA at a discounted rate and become part of a national network of planners, officials, advocates, and students working to make great communities.

Individuals or Entire Commissions May Join as APA Planning Board Members

Enroll all or part of your commission as APA Planning Board Members and connect to a dynamic community dedicated to good planning. APA offers commissioners tested tools — publications, training, networking opportunities, and other targeted resources — that help their communities anticipate and plan for tomorrow.

Resources for Planning Commissions and Boards

  • Education: Participate in online or on-site training tailored to commissioners’ needs.
  • Publications: The Commissioner, available as an APA member benefit or by subscription for nonmembers, delivers important information about zoning, board management, legal issues, and more.
  • Policy: Get expert guidance from APA’s Policy Guides and Legislative Priorities.
  • Ethics: APA’s statement of Ethical Principles in Planning is the essential guide to principled and proper conduct for everyone who participates in the planning process.

On-Demand Education and Books for Commissioners