APA is committed to promoting equitable communities. This robust collection of resources — from on-demand education and research reports to magazine articles and podcasts — provides a framework for smart, inclusive growth.

The following resources are available online from APA.

Policy Guides and Frameworks

APA's policy guides represent the collective thinking of our members on positions of both principle and practice. They represent APA's official position on issues central to building equitable, inclusive communities of lasting value.

Planning for Equity Policy Guide

Cover of APA Planning for Equity Policy Guide.

An Equity-in-All-Policies Approach

The Planning for Equity Policy Guide identifies policy recommendations for planners to advocate for policies that support equity in all aspects of planning at local, state, and federal levels. The policy guide provides specific, actionable policy guidance through an equity lens on cross-cutting topics and areas of planning.

Aging in Community Policy Guide

Community and Regional Food Planning Policy Guide

Historic and Cultural Resources Policy Guide

Housing Policy Guide

Neighborhood Collaborative Planning Policy Guide

Smart Growth Policy Guide

KnowledgeBase Collections

APA's Research KnowledgeBase connects APA members to curated collections of topically related resources — including plans, regulations, model codes, guides, articles, reports, and multimedia files.

Social Equity

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KnowledgeBase Collection

Planning for social equity means recognizing planning practices that have had a disparate impact on certain communities and actively working with affected residents to create better communities for all. From this collection you can search for resources that provide background, policy guidance, and examples of local plan recommendations and zoning standards for social equity from across the country.

Food Systems KnowledgeBase

Group Housing KnowledgeBase

Housing an Aging Population KnowledgeBase

Social Service Uses KnowledgeBase

The Benefits of Compact, Mixed-Use Development KnowledgeBase


Beyond Mobility: Transportation's Role in Achieving Community Outcomes

Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas

The American Planning Association's Burnham Forum series examines the trends, challenges, and opportunities that will shape America's communities over the next half century.

In "Prosperity Playbook: Strategies for Inclusive Growth," speakers challenged audience members to consider how expanding affordable housing and economic opportunity through planning leads to greater opportunity for all:

In "Pursuing Inclusive Growth: Place-Based Strategies for Economic Growth, Social Mobility, and Housing Affordability," journalist and Washington Post Wonkblog writer Emily Badger moderated a discussion on how to achieve a vision of inclusive growth for the nation's cities and communities:


"Planning for Equitable Development: Social Equity by Design." PAS Memo, March/April 2017

"Planning and Fair Housing." PAS QuickNotes, February 2017.

"Zoning to Improve Health and Promote Equity." Zoning Practice, March 2017


"A Need for Speed" from Planning's October 2017 issue investigates how planners can close the digital divide by delivering high-speed broadband to everyone.

"The People's Way" from Planning's September 2017 issue spotlights inclusive planning in Native American communities.

"Infrastructure of Opportunity" from Planning's July 2017 issue is a case study of Chattanooga, Tennessee, where planners are making sure progress doesn't leave people behind.

"Immigrant City" from Planning's June 2017 issue looks at some best practices in planning for Rust Belt immigrant communities.

"Connecting the Dots" from Planning's April 2017 issue considers equity issues in linking bike share with transit.

"Great Places with an Eye for Equity," a June 2016 post on APA's blog, highlights five Great Places in America that exemplify the power of planning for equity.

"Triple Aim of Health Equity," a June 2016 post on APA's blog, breaks down The Institute for Health Care's tips for improving health equity.