APA develops policies that represent the collective thinking of our members on positions of both principle and practice.

APA policies are developed through a thorough process of chapter and division involvement under the overall guidance of the Legislative and Policy Committee.

In addition to articulating specific policies that establish principles for better addressing our issues, APA develops more specific guidelines that recommend specific actions on the part of APA members through leadership, chapters, divisions, and allied organizations that move toward an improved social and political environment for planning to play its most effective role. Together, these two elements — policies and general recommendations — form APA Policy Guides.

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.

Newest Policy Guides

In summer 2016, APA leaders adopted new policy guides on freight and water. The guides, developed by chapters and divisions under overall guidance from the Legislative and Policy Committee, represent APA’s official position and the collective thinking of members on issues central to building communities of lasting value.

APA Policy Guide on Water

APA Policy Guide on Freight

Adopted Policies