Zoning Board Members

Zoning Board members are appointed, volunteer officials who serve on a board that hears appeals on zoning and land-use matters.

APA Membership for Zoning Boards

Board members of Zoning Boards of Adjustment or Zoning Boards of Appeal (ZBA) may join APA at a special discounted rate and receive special publications and services. They become part of a national network of officials, planners, advocates, and students that is working to make great communities. Join APA as a planning board member.

The Commissioner

Keep current with zoning practice, board management, and legal issues covered in this publication designed especially for officials. APA planning commissioner and ZBA members receive The Commissioner as part of their basic membership package.

Book Store Resources

APA Store is the source for the most relevant and recent information for zoning board members.

  • Streaming Education: Programs cover the legal framework for planning, ethics for board members, planning law and much more.

Zoning Practice

This subscription publication covers all aspects of zoning. There is no better way to stay current with new approaches and changing standards to one of the key tools of planning.

Audio/Web Conferences

Join the more than 30,000 officials and their staffs who have attended these informative, timely, and convenient programs. Accessible by phone and enhanced by a web component, these programs cover a wide range of topics for officials and practicing planners.

National Planning Conference

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

Calendar of Events

Browse a listing of upcoming conferences, conventions, workshops, and courses.

Planning Commissioner Ethics

Ethical decision making is critical to good governance. Zoning board members should refer to the Ethical Principles of Planning, voluntary but extremely helpful guidelines for commissioners faced with complex decisions that involve competing concerns.

  • Certified planners with whom board members work are bound by the AICP Code of Ethics.
  • Many states have ethics codes
  • Planning Made Easy, is a training manual that discusses the importance of ethical decisions in planning.