APA: Your Community-Building Partner

All planning public officials — whether newly seated or well experienced — need to master planning basics and learn about innovative practices. Take advantage of an experienced and helpful partner in the world-wide planning practice so you may create vital, sustainable communities.

APA is an independent, nonprofit organization championing public engagement, promoting high ethical standards, conducting and publishing research, and advocating for good planning in social, economic, and physical aspects of communities around the world. We connect nearly 40,000 people from all locations and disciplines — planning commissioners, zoning board members, public officials, professional planners, engaged citizens, students, scholars, and individuals who work in allied professions — who share common interests.

Why Join?

  • Use the best resources. APA publishes most of the materials used to educate planning commissions, zoning boards, and boards of adjustment. In addition to Planning magazine, commissioner members have unlimited web access to current and archived publications of the Planning Advisory Service.
  • Build essential skills. APA publications, online programming, national and chapter conferences, and targeted training practices teach core lessons that help commissioners create consensus on controversial issues, decide on issues fairly, and sidestep legal pitfalls.
  • Connect with chapters and divisions. Join one or more of APA's 21 divisions and one of 47 chapters at a discounted rate. Learn how other commissions have solved the problems yours is now facing, and share your good ideas and effective solutions with colleagues in other cities and towns.

APA Member Criteria & Dues

Planning board membership includes all the benefits of APA — and more — at a cost far below what practicing planners pay. Members belong to a local chapter and benefit from opportunities to share experiences with other commissioners and planners at national and chapter meetings, conferences, and training events.

Commissioner Application Form (pdf)

Not a Commissioner, Planning Board Member, Or Public Official?

APA membership is open to everyone who is committed to applying the benefits of planning to create communities of lasting value.

  • Learn more if you're a professional planner
  • Learn more if you're an educator
  • Learn more if you live outside the United States
  • Learn more if you're a full-time student
  • Learn more if you work in an affiliated profession, or you are an interested nonplanner

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