Planning Commissions and Boards

Planning commissioner members are part of a national network of officials, planners, advocates, and students that is working to make great communities. There is a rich array of services, products, and programs for planning commissioners.

Audio/Web Conferences

Commissioners and board members will benefit from the programs created specifically for them and from more advanced programs for practicing planners and experienced commissioners.

Streaming Education

Online training, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Seven current products provide commissioner training on everything from "Design Review for Officials" to "Informed Decisions: A Guide to Gathering Facts and Evidence."

State Legislation for Training Planning Commissioners

Seven states now require training for planning commissioners and appointed officials. Most states require a minimum of six hours. For more information, read this article from Zoning Practice. An earlier article in The Commissioner reports on the Tennessee law.

Planning Commissioner Training Guides

What do planning commissioners need to know to effectively serve the community? Create an effective training program for commissioners using guidelines for adult education from Training Made Easy.

APA Membership for Commissioners

Planning commissioner members receive special publications and services from the APA. Join APA!

The Commissioner

Experience the great features and in-depth coverage offered by this bi-monthly publication. Beginning in February 2014, all APA members will receive The Commissioner as part of a regular feature in Planning with their membership package. Nonmember subscribers will have access to a digital flipbook edition of The Commissioner.

National Planning Conference

Every annual conference contains a special track of sessions and workshops for planning commissioners and officials.


APA is committed to providing members with an array of convenient and useful resources to help them carry the planning message to Congress and state legislatures.

Planning Commissioner Ethics

Planning commissioners are guided by state ethics codes, and may find APA's Ethical Principles in Planning and the AICP code of ethics helpful.