News Release: July 6, 2016

Journey through Planning the Pacific Northwest

The Planners Press favorite, Planning the Pacific Northwest, is now available in e-book format.

CHICAGO — Take a unique journey of the past, present and future of planning in the Pacific Northwest. From its growth management laws to the lush landscapes and climate variations, planning in this region is unlike the rest of the country. Learn how planning has influenced the region, and how the region has influenced planning in Planning the Pacific Northwest, now available in three e-book formats.

Planning the Pacific Northwest takes the reader on a journey of how the region has grown and transformed. Once a place where timber and agriculture reigned, the economy is now shared with Fortune 500 companies. And statewide planning is not a rarity here, rather it is the norm.

Edited by Jill Sterrett, FAICP; Connie Ozawa; Dennis Ryan; Ethan Seltzer; and Jan Whittington, Planning the Pacific Northwest includes contributions from more than 60 individuals that work, teach, and live in the region.

Planning the Pacific Northwest divides the reader’s journey into three sections:

  • Begins by looking at the region’s planning history. From pioneering state-wide planning to growth management laws, the early planning approaches and practices are still followed today.
  • Explores current planning practices within the region. The efforts to balance nature and development from the “green to the extreme,” the influence of native populations on planning, and the exploration and adaptation of energy efficient measures such as biodiesel. 
  • Looks ahead to the region’s future challenges: climate change, ecosystem damage, changing economy and polarizing public interests.

The paperback version was originally published in 2015 to coincide with APA’s National Planning Conference held in Seattle. Book editor Jill Sterrett, FAICP, provides an update in an APA blog post on the “Big Ideas for Washington’s Future” and other efforts that have gained momentum since the book’s publishing. Editors Dennis Ryan and Ethan Seltzer discuss how the book came to fruition in this video interview.

Planning the Pacific Northwest is available in three e-book formats ($28.99 APA Member/$38.99): EPUB; MOBI; or Adobe PDF; and as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-61190-128-3) for $29.99 APA Member/$39.95 from APA’s website.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. Members of APA help create communities of lasting value and encourage civic leaders, business interests and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people's lives. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. For more information, visit

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