APA develops policies that represent the collective thinking of our members on positions of both principle and practice. Guides represent APA's official position on issues central to building communities of lasting value.

Policy Guides are developed by members for policymakers under the guidance of APA's Legislative and Policy Committee. Learn more about:

Support Policy Guide Development

APA's Legislative and Policy Committee has approved two topics for new policy guide development: Housing, and Social Equity and Inclusive Growth. You can be involved in the process.

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Adopted Policies

To date, APA has adopted more than 25 member-driven policy guides on a wide range of issues. In 2017, APA leaders adopted a new policy guide on planning for healthy communities:

Revised Sustainability Framework

APA's new Sustainability Framework recognizes that sustainability touches many different areas of policy and planning and therefore aims to lay out a broad framework to guide a wide array of APA advocacy, programming, and policy development.

Policy Development Process

The process begins with the selection of a topic or issue. These topics are, for the most part, APA's Legislative Priorities.

After a topic is chosen, a team of authors and reviewers is selected to produce a draft guide for review by the Legislative and Policy Committee. Once the draft guide is approved by the Legislative and Policy Committee it is sent to all APA Chapters and appropriate APA Divisions for review and comments.

Comments are submitted to the Legislative and Policy Committee, and a final draft is prepared for presentation at a Chapter Delegate Assembly. During the Assembly, chapter delegates make any final changes and then vote to adopt the draft guide.

Once the guide is adopted, it is forwarded to the APA Board of Directors for ratification.