2022 National Planning Conference

Frequently Asked Questions

April 30–May 3, 2022 | San Diego, California

You've got questions. We've got answers. We've pulled together some commonly asked questions to help make your National Planning Conference experience a breeze.

Call for Proposals FAQ

Who can be a part of the NPC22 program process?

Only American Planning Association members may submit session concepts, refer speakers, suggest program topics, or review sessions for NPC22. Nonmembers are encouraged to join APA and enjoy the benefits of membership in APA's worldwide community of planners.

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Will my session be in person or digital?

Our NPC22 session types offer opportunities to include inspiration, peer-to-peer learning, in-depth exploration, and hands-on training across a wide range of program areas. At the time of proposal submission, you will indicate the session type and delivery method that is optimal for your session’s content. NPC22 content will be delivered in a variety of ways, and we will be in touch February 2022 with notice of acceptance and delivery format of your session. This is our first-ever hybrid National Planning Conference experience and whether in San Diego or digitally, we hope you are a part of it!

  • 5-minute Speed Share Session
    A single speaker will inspire attendees with a success snapshot that illustrates practical tips, innovative work or insights, and lessons learned.
  • 15-minute Storytelling Session
    A single speaker will tell a powerful story, bringing firsthand experiences to life and transporting the audience to that place and time. Storytelling includes being descriptive in setting the scene and sharing thoughts and emotions with passion and intensity.
  • 30-minute Fundamental Planning Knowledge Session (Pre-recorded only)
    A single speaker presents a 30-minute session on the tenets of planning to establish a framework for the core skills, experiences, and values that form the fundamental knowledge and understanding that planners must possess to excel in this changing world. Visit the AICP Core Competencies for a list of subjects that we are requesting for proposals.
  • 45-minute Session
    Sessions will be organized by the conference program areas to address disruption through innovative strategies, resources, and tools to overcome challenges. Proposals will highlight the challenge, impacts, and how your session will prepare planners to thrive now and in the future.  A maximum of 3 registered speakers (including the moderator) will collaborate to deliver in a session.
  • 60-minute Mandatory Credit Session
    AICP has designated four mandatory topics as a requirement of AICP-certified planners. These credits are fundamental to how planning is practiced today. Choose from the topics Law, Ethics, Equity, and Sustainability and Resilience. Proposals must meet the CM criteria established for that topic to be considered for NPC.
    • Law CM — Proposals submitted will have learning outcomes that ensure planners have a current understanding of case law, regulations, and statutes and their impact on planning practice.
      Content must closely relate to recently (within the last 10 years) enacted planning laws/case decisions or trends in existing planning laws/case decisions. Training on law must constitute a majority of the content of the proposal.
    • Ethics CM — Proposals submitted will have learning outcomes that allow for a deep application of ethical standards according to the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. Content must be focused on planning ethics and include a refresher of the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, its application to current topics, and resources.
    • Equity CM — Proposals submitted will have learning outcomes that demonstrate how planners have expanded their equity toolkit to better serve the public interest, leading to more equitable outcomes in communities. Content must address one of the following areas of equity, diversity, or inclusion as defined in the APA Planning for Equity Policy Guide.
    • Sustainability and Resilience CM Proposals submitted will have learning outcomes that demonstrate a planners' recognition of long-term and interrelated consequences and how to better plan for sustainable and resilient outcomes. Proposals must be instructed within at least one of the sustainability OR resilience learning areas and at least one of the topics/subtopics. Instruction on Sustainability and Resilience MUST integrally consider the equity, diversity, and inclusion implications for disadvantaged communities and convey relevant facts and analysis to attendees. Sustainability and Resilience Learning Areas and Topics
  • 90-minute Solutioning Workshop (Live In-person only):
    A solutioning workshop fosters creativity in collaborative group sessions geared toward providing planners the tools and knowledge to overcome prevalent challenges. Through a mix of a brief presentation, facilitation, and problem-solving group exercises, presenters will harness the power of diverse planner experiences and find solutions in a dynamic way. Proposals should demonstrate how new perspectives will be used to spark creative thinking to solve challenges, and how the workshop will foster exploration of more than one potential solution.
  • Mobile Workshops (Live In-person only):
    Propose a mobile workshop that takes attendees to a planning project or projects in the host city or surrounding region. Attendees should learn about local planning challenges, best practices, and impact on the community. Typically led by planners, mobile workshops offer the opportunity to explore behind-the-scenes planning initiatives with a planner’s perspective on local challenges.  

If accepted into the program do I have to register?

Yes, ALL session moderators and speakers must register and pay the conference registration fee.

For Mobile Workshops, APA members and nonmembers are encouraged to register and receive full conference benefits. If a mobile workshop coordinator or guide is only involved in the designated workshop and not attending the conference they will not be required to register. For those coordinators or guides who choose not to register will not have access to any of the conference outside of their designated workshop.

I'm a student. What opportunities do I have to participate in the NPC22 program?

Students are welcome and encouraged to participate in all the NPC22 program opportunities outlined above, including reviewing sessions. We are also identifying a new system to display students' and emerging professionals' projects, similar to poster displays in the past. Additional information about this will be added no later than February 2022.

What questions should I expect in the session concept proposal questionnaire?

NPC22 proposals include brief questions designed to capture the importance of the issue and the solutions offered. This streamlined approach eliminates the need to present a fully developed session before acceptance. Note: If you are proposing a 45- 60- or 90-minute session, speakers will be added later during our collaborative session development process.