National Community Planning Month

The achievements of planning are celebrated in October with National Community Planning Month. The annual Great Places in America announcement kick starts our countdown to Planning Month. 

2018 Planning Month Theme

Housing as Community Infrastructure

This year's theme — Housing as Community Infrastructure — highlights the importance of housing as part of our community fabric, and underscores the critical role planning plays in delivering the housing and communities the nation needs.

How are you honoring #PlanningMonth? 

Planners nationwide are educating elected officials and community leaders about the critical role planning plays in creating access and opportunity for all. 



Educating elected officials about the value of planning is critical for advancing good planning policy. Learn more about the ways that planning advocates are connecting with elected officials during Planning Month.


Community Outreach

Planning departments and firms are reaching out to community members with fun events, engaging activities on social media, and educational programs for all ages. Get inspired about different ways to reach and engage community stakeholders during Planning Month.



Towns and cities across the country are paying homage to Planning Month by spreading the word of planning in their communities. Follow the link to see how other places are bringing attention to the work of planners.

Email APA to tell us what you are doing to honor planning this October. We may feature your outreach in our Planning Month coverage!

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 these resources to tell your planning story this October.

Planning Month Resource Hub

Get Inspired

2016 and 2017 were banner years 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: