National Community Planning Month

The achievements of planning are celebrated in October with National Community Planning Month. The annual observation kicks off with the announcement of APA's Great Places in America.

This year marks the 10 year anniversary of Great Places in America.

Planning Month 2017 Theme

innovation in planning

This year's theme — Innovation in Planning — underscores the important role planning plays in addressing and adapting to challenges faced by communities in the 21st century. Innovation is everything from using data sources and technology to address issues — including inequality, access to transportation, and social mobility — to celebrating new approaches to creating communities of lasting value.

Get Ready

We've made it easy to educate elected officials, media, and the public about the role planning plays in creating the spaces communities love most.

Use the resources in the toolkit to tell your planning story this October.

Materials for Planners

Get Inspired

2016 was a banner year for Planning Month. Here's a look at all of the ways in which planners educated community members and influencers about the value of planning:

Tell Us Your Planning Impact Stories

We want to know: How is planning benefiting your community? Email us your stories at and we'll help you celebrate your successes all October long.

Planning a community tour, meeting, or other special event to mark the occasion? Let us know. We've got the resources to help you prepare!