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Policy News for Planners Blog

APA staff blogs the latest news about federal legislation, events, and policies.

Policy Guides

View APA's policy guides outlining official association positions.

Legislative Priorities

Each year APA adopts a slate of legislative priorities and a platform for policies to advance planning.

Federal Policy & Program Briefing

Decisions made on Capitol Hill affect your plans. Attend APA's annual event to find out about new federal policies and speak out for good planning.

Amicus Briefs

Discover how APA advances the planning agenda by filing amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs in selected cases of national importance. Read the text of APA's briefs and court decisions in the cases.

Legislative Action Center

Access action alerts and send e-mail to your federal and state representatives. Get complete information on each member of Congress, track votes, and follow key issues.

Domestic Policy Watch

Read APA's column from Executive Director Paul Farmer examining the federal domestic agenda and issues of importance to planning.

Growing Smart

APA's Growing Smart Legislative Guidebook: Model Statutes for Planning and the Management of Change is a guidebook outlining options for model legislation.


Find tools, guides and other resources for effective grassroots advocacy. Find out how to get involved!

APA In-District Meeting Toolkit

Revised for 2013: Get tips and ideas for discussing planning with your elected representatives.

Results from APA's 2012 National Poll

With the U.S. economy still struggling, Americans believe community planners should play a major role in helping the nation get back on its feet, according to a national poll released by APA in June 2012.

Communications Boot Camp

APA Members: Enlist in basic training. Communications Boot Camp includes podcasts of webinars, how-to guides, case studies, and other online training materials — everything you need to become a forceful champion of planning in your community.

Planners' Communication Guide

Revised for 2013: This toolkit for APA members covers messages, social media, media relations, allies and partners, and contentious issues. The online guide features illustrations, audio, and video.

Partnership for Sustainable Communities

Learn about the partership among HUD, DOT, and EPA to help create sustainable communities, and download APA's Sustainable Communties Site Visit Toolkit.

Infrastructure Investment Task Force

Participate in a review of the nation's infrastructure policies that will lead to a series of recommendations and reports. Get involved.