The achievements of planning are celebrated in October with National Community Planning Month. This year's theme is Healthy Communities, Healthy People.

Highlight the importance of planning and planners this October during National Community Planning Month. This year's theme is Healthy Communities, Healthy People. The theme underscores the impact that the built environment can have on residents' health. Call attention to your community's health this year — plan a hike, a bike ride, or even just a walk through a neighborhood.

Share Your Activities

How are you celebrating National Community Planning Month in your community? Share your events, activities or the ways you are calling attention to the importance of planning. Email your information to

Spread the Word

When sharing information about National Community Planning Month, use the hashtag #planningmonth.

Proclamation Contest

Let's proclaim October as National Community Planning Month throughout the country. Last year, we had 27 states participate ... let's smash that record!

Learn how to participate in the Coast to Coast National Community Planning Month Proclamation Contest

10 Ways You Can Celebrate National Community Planning Month

Not sure what to do this October to celebrate National Community Planning Month? Check out what other communities have done under the Share Your Activities. Don't forget to submit your activities to the list by emailing

  1. Declare that October is National Community Planning Month with a proclamation.
  2. Hold a department open house.
    Highlight your work and how planning benefits the community.
  3. Host a neighborhood walking or bicycling tour.
    Highlight the planning work in your community.
  4. Create a library display about planning.
    Include a recommended planning-related reading list.
  5. Honor your planning commissioners during a city council meeting.
  6. Check out the Youth and Students page for ideas on engaging youth in planning.
  7. Sponsor a community photo contest.
    Ask residents to photograph their favorite places within the community.
  8. Screen a planning-focused film.
  9. Host a forum or lecture about your community's history.
  10. Promote national community planning month through your website, Facebook page, or other social media outlet.

Public Service Announcements

APA has created recorded and live-read public service announcements (PSAs) to celebrate the importance of planning this October.

Listen to PSAs

Thinking About Becoming an Urban Planner?

Michael Bayer, AICP, Nancy Frank, AICP, and Jason Valerius, AICP, discussed their book, Becoming an Urban Planner during APA's National Planning Conference in New Orleans.

Read "Becoming an Urban Planner: What Planners Do," an excerpt of Becoming an Urban Planner (pdf)

Purchase a copy of Becoming an Urban Planner