With Elected Officials

National Community Planning Month offers an excellent opportunity to engage elected officials who are currently in office, those who are up for reelection, and those who are running for office. Here are a few ideas:

State and Local Proclamations

Ask your mayor, city council, or county executive to declare October Community Planning Month in your area. Ask your state legislator to pass a resolution designating it Community Planning Month in your state. Tailor these sample proclamations to suit your purposes.

District Meetings

One of the easiest and most effective opportunities for outreach is to request a meeting with your Congressional Representative in his or her district office.

Ideas for Local Activities

APA has prepared a variety of tips and resources to help you engage both federal and state elected representatives as part of the month-long celebration of good planning.

More Advocacy Activities

APA's media page will give you tips on how to promote National Community Planning Month events to target audiences, including residents, elected officials, allied partners, and the media.

Advocacy Resources

The Commissioner

A six-times a year publication that provides planning board members, planning commissioners, and other appointed and elected officials with practical features to enhance your experience.

APA's Policy Guides

Offer best practices recommendations for planning that can improve citizen participation, community revitalization, housing, environmental protection, disaster mitigation and recovery, and many other topics.

APA's Growing Smart Legislative Guidebook

Offers state legislators and staff model statutory language for improving planning at state and regional levels and for giving cities and counties the tools they need to plan for the future. For information on state tools that your legislators might consider, see the Growing Smart User Guide, which is organized by community and regional needs, in such areas as agriculture, infrastructure, natural resources, housing, etc.