Federal Planning Division Mission and Overview

The Division's purpose is to provide a forum for people involved in the development and/or implementation of planning and land management policies, techniques, and procedures for federal properties located throughout the United States and overseas.

The Division works to foster positive economic, environmental, and social relationships between federal lands and adjacent, nonfederal communities and areas.

Became a Division of APA in 1986

FPD Activities

  • Conduct sessions at national and state APA conferences
  • Hold technical seminars and workshops
  • Coordinate activities of mutual interest with APA chapters and divisions
  • Maintain liaison with organizations, individuals, and political entities directly involved in or affected by federal planning activities

FPD Objectives

  • Provide a forum for exchange of ideas and practical experience among federal planners
  • Increase awareness of the impacts of federal planning programs
  • Strengthen liaison with other professionals and organizations involved in planning
  • Serve as advocate for federal planners to gain recognition within the planning community

Federal Facts

  • 28,000 Federal Installations/Facilities Worldwide
  • 700 Million Acres of Land
  • Capital Investment of $150 Billion
  • 4.5 Million Federal Employees
  • 1.3 Million Military Personnel
  • 1.1 Million Family Dependants

Agency Representatives

  • United States Air Force
  • United States Army
  • United States Navy
  • United States Coast Guard
  • United States Marine Corps
  • Canadian Agencies
  • NASA
  • US Department of Energy
  • General Services Administration
  • National Park Service
  • USDA Forrest Service
  • Defense Logistics Agency
  • Defense Contract Management Agency

FPD Membership

  • 300 Full-Time Members
  • 13 Government Agencies
  • 55 Private Sector Consulting Firms
  • Two groups of members:
    • Government employees who work for federal agencies
    • Private sector contractors who provide professional services to federal agencies
  • Most members have a degree in planning, geography or related discipline
  • 53% have their AICP certification