Policy and Advocacy

Policy Guides

arming planners with tools to advocate at the local, state, and federal levels

APA recently adopted specific, actionable policy guidance on planning for equity, housing, and surface transportation.

Four Issues Worth Fighting For

APA legislative priorities

Climate change and resiliency, federal data and technology, housing affordability and availability, and surface transportation reauthorization and infrastructure investment top the legislative priority list for planners in 2020.

Planners' Advocacy Network

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

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State Government Affairs

UAPA'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.