APA helps you advocate for your community.

Issues and Policies

Policy Guides

View APA's policy guides outlining official association positions.

Legislative Priorities

Each year APA adopts a slate of legislative priorities and a platform for policies to advance planning.

Legislative Briefing

APA Members: A webinar update on federal appropriations for planning programs, tips on preparing for the state legislative sessions, and a preview of what's ahead.

Policy News for Planners Blog

APA staff blogs the latest news about federal legislation, events, and policies.

Leadership and Policy Conference

From Capitol Hill to state capitols, policy makers are taking actions that will shape the plans of communities nationwide. Attend APA's annual fall event to find out what's happening and speak out for good planning. Registration will open soon.

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Amicus Briefs

Discover how APA advances the planning agenda by filing amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs in selected cases of national importance. Read the text of APA's briefs and court decisions in the cases.



Find tools, guides and other resources for effective grassroots advocacy. Find out how to get involved!

APA In-District Meeting Toolkit

Get tips and ideas for discussing planning with your elected representatives.

Legislative Action Center

Access action alerts and send e-mail to your federal and state representatives. Get complete information on each member of Congress, track votes, and follow key issues.

Legislative Liaison Directory

APA's Legislative Network is made up of legislative liaisons from each APA Chapter.

Results from APA's 2014 National Poll

APA's latest national poll surveyed Millennials and Baby Boomers on community preferences and dispels popular assumptions on how to improve local economies and attract new residents.

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See results of all APA polls


Planners' Communications Guide

APA Members: This toolkit for APA members covers messages, social media, media relations, allies and partners, and contentious issues. The online guide features illustrations, audio, and video.

Communications Boot Camp

APA Members: Enlist in basic training. Communications Boot Camp includes podcasts of webinars, how-to guides, case studies, and other online training materials — everything you need to become a forceful champion of planning in your community.


Growing Smart Legislative GuidebookGrowing Smart

APA's Growing Smart Legislative Guidebook: Model Statutes for Planning and the Management of Change is a guidebook outlining options for model legislation.

The Guidebook and its accompanying User Manual are the culmination of APA's seven-year Growing Smart project, an effort to draft the next generation of model planning and zoning legislation for the U.S.