2022 Federal Priority

Infrastructure and Recovery Legislation Implementation

Planners' advocacy, outreach, and persistence over the last several years paid off in a big way in 2021 when President Biden signed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the American Rescue Plan into law. Taken together, these two laws provide planners and communities with more and better federal support for planning than ever before.

While there is much promise in the laws passed and legislation still in consideration, more must be done to ensure that the aspirational reforms in these measures make real and lasting progress by supporting innovative and transformational planning for the nation's communities.

Opportunities for Action

We call on Congress and the Administration to:

  • Create rules that support the planning-forward vision of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act — The new law's significant expansion of discretionary competitive grant programs and set aside funding for planning provides a unique opportunity to advance the vision of reform and reinvention. Accurate, comprehensive, and transparent data will be vital to effective implementation and can enable innovative planning and project design.
  • Pass critical infrastructure, housing, and community development provisions in Build Back Better — Planners' work to pass the key infrastructure, housing, and community development provisions of Build Back Better will continue this year. Planners will engage early with regulators to shape rules that support the full potential and innovation should Build Back Better become law.
  • Ensure support for effective local recovery planning and investments — Planners' first big legislative win of 2021 was helping to secure flexible COVID relief for communities, regions, and states. As American Rescue Plan funds continue to make a real difference in the lives of people and the work of planners and communities, it is vital that Congress and the Administration continue their support for recovery planning by connecting investments in the future.
  • Establish regulations that position communities to better plan for broadband — Significant support for broadband planning and digital equity plans is included as part of the new infrastructure law. Effective implementation of broadband mapping investments means connecting broadband plans to critical local capital and comprehensive planning.

Planning and Infrastructure and Recovery Implementation

7 Ways the New Infrastructure Package Invests in Planning

The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is the culmination of planners' years-long effort to reform and renew the nation's surface transportation law. With smart planning, here's how it can help reshape the future of mobility, safety, equity, and resilience. (Planning Magazine)

Planners are Helping Small Businesses Become Resilient Amidst the Pandemic

The right federal resources empower meaningful change at the local level. Hear how planners in Massachusetts leveraged funding via the CARES Act to help their communities' small businesses not only stay afloat but recover stronger. (APA Podcast)

Road to Recovery Video Series

How are planners leading the way to an equitable, resilient, and long-lasting recovery? We gathered thought leaders from the planning profession, government, and beyond to find out.

Bridging the Digital Divide

The COVID-19 pandemic reminds us that access to reliable, high-speed internet is now a necessity — and one many are still without. Hear how planners are bridging the broadband gap to expand opportunities for education, telework, healthcare and services. (APA Podcast)

Regulatory Implementation Advocacy in Action

APA pushes states to prioritize transportation alternatives projects

APA joins national organizations in asking the Federal Highway Administration to push states to continue funding and implementing transportation alternative projects while new guidance for the Bipartisan Infrastucture Law is developed.