Planning in Your Community

Whether your community is large or small, whether urban, suburban, or rural, planning is there, leading the way to more livable and sustainable communities.

Planning can help solve these problems and many more. Planning is a comprehensive approach to identifying a community's goals, assessing its problems, and proposing solutions that help all members of the community.

Food

Planning for Food Systems includes programs to create green markets in towns of all sizes, urban agriculture, healthy food choices in low-income neighborhoods, and food security. Read the Community and Regional Food Planning Policy Guide to learn more about what communities can do.

Housing

Housing choice is a bedrock value that planning brings to communities. While the private market serves the needs of many Americans, others benefit from programs that allow them to live in the communities in which they work through affordable housing programs. Learn more from the Housing Policy Guide.

Schools

The location of schools within the community is an important planning issue. The role schools play as community centers is being assisted by planning programs around the country. How can planning help? Read "Schools and Community Building" to find out more.

Hazards

Natural hazards threaten many communities, but planning is in the forefront of reducing the community's risk and helping communities to recover. APA led collaborative efforts throughout the Gulf Coast states after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Get Involved

  • Meet your local planners and get to know your local planning agency.
  • Become knowledgeable about issues, and create a local education program with your planning agency and library.
  • Volunteer for your planning commission or other board or committee and participate in important decisions affecting your community.
  • Help create partnerships that address your concerns.