June 10, 2011

Communities Invited to Apply for Planning Assistance

Submit an application for a Community Planning Assistance Team by June 21.

CHICAGO — Communities seeking pro bono planning assistance have until June 21, 2011, to submit an application requesting a Community Planning Assistance Team. APA membership is not required to submit a community application.

Sponsored by the American Planning Association's professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, the Community Planning Assistance Team brings together a group of pro bono planning experts to help a community establish a vision or framework for a sustainable and healthy community and address challenges such as social equity, affordability, accessibility and sustainability.

The community application process is open for submissions only twice a year. Once a community's application is selected, a planning team is assembled based on the community's needs and objectives.

Previous teams have assisted numerous communities, including Buzzard Point, Washington, D.C.; Slidell, Louisiana; Greensboro, North Carolina; and Henderson Point, Mississippi. This July, a planning team will be going to Crestdale – Matthews, North Carolina, assisting the community in coalition building. Along with the evaluation of several proposed projects, the team also will listen to stakeholders and the community to help shape the future of the area.

The community planning team initiative was established in 1995. The American Institute of Certified Planners Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct also includes a provision for professional planners to engage in community assistance.

Contact

Roberta Rewers, APA Public Affairs; 312-786-6395; rrewers@planning.org