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.

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Legislative Priorities

APA's Policy Agenda Calls on Congress to Advance Key Priorities

In 2019, APA and planning advocates are urging Congress to advance four planning priorities essential for just, healthy, and prosperous communities.

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Planning Home

Delivering the Housing Families and Communities Need

America is in a housing affordability and availability crisis. Planning is part of the solution.

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Planners' Advocacy Network

Join the national network of engaged 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

Legislative Action Center

Use this resource to connect directly with elected officials and take action on pending legislation that impacts planning.

Make your voice heard:

  • Tell your House and Senate members what planners want to see prioritized in the nation's next surface transportation bill.
  • Urge your U.S. senators to support the highest possible T-HUD funding levels for critical transportation programs like BUILD (formerly TIGER) and transit capital grants in FY2020.

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.

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.

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.