Policy and Advocacy

Policy Guides

Tools to Influence Local, State, and Federal Policy

Policy Guides represent APA's official position on critical planning issues and arm planners with the tools to advocate for policies that create great communities for all. Policy guides, developed through a member-driven pricess, cover topics like Hazard Mitigation, Planning for Equity, Housing, Surface Transportation, and more.


COVID-19 Policy Resources

Planners need support from federal and state governments to help their communities respond to and recover from the pandemic and its impacts. Learn about existing and upcoming legislation and how you can leverage support to assist your community.

Planners' Advocacy Network

The national network of planning advocates working to shape federal and state policy outcomes.

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Network members gain access to:

  • Exclusive resources, tips, tools, and training
  • Updates on the latest federal and state issues that impact planners

State Government Affairs

APA's State Government Affairs program provides insights on state policy trends that have an impact on planning across the country, engages state-level partners, and supports chapter level policy and advocacy programs.

Policy Blog Posts


Amicus Curiae

APA works to advance planning through the judicial process by filing amicus curiae — friend of the court — briefs in select cases of national importance.

Communications Guide

This online, interactive guide is designed to help planners develop and deliver positive values-based messages about planning and APA to targeted audiences.