APA develops policies that represent the collective thinking of our members on positions of both principle and practice. Guides represent APA's official position on issues central to building communities of lasting value.

Policy Guides are developed by members under the guidance of APA's Legislative and Policy Committee. Learn more about:

Comment on Draft Policy Guide

APA is developing a new policy guide on planning for healthy communities. A task force, with input from members and partner experts, presented a draft for comment at the 2017 National Planning Conference. A newly revised version is now ready for APA member input.

Comments will be accepted through August 25, 2017. A Delegate Assembly will convene at the Policy and Advocacy Conference in September 2017 to review and approve a final draft.

Send comments to policyguide@planning.org

Read the Healthy Communities Draft Policy Guide

Support Policy Guides in Development

In 2016, the APA Legislative and Policy Committee approved three topics for new policy guide development: Planning and Health, Housing, and Social Equity and Inclusive Growth. You can be involved in the process.

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Adopted Policies

To date, APA has adopted more than 25 member-driven policy guides on a wide range of issues. In 2016, APA leaders adopted new policy guides on freight and water:

Revised Sustainability Framework

APA's new Sustainability Framework recognizes that sustainability touches many different areas of policy and planning and therefore aims to lay out a broad framework to guide a wide array of APA advocacy, programming, and policy development.

Policy Development Process

The process begins with the selection of a topic or issue. These topics are, for the most part, APA's Legislative Priorities.

After a topic is chosen, a team of authors and reviewers is selected to produce a draft guide for review by the Legislative and Policy Committee. Once the draft guide is approved by the Legislative and Policy Committee it is sent to all APA Chapters and appropriate APA Divisions for review and comments.

Comments are submitted to the Legislative and Policy Committee, and a final draft is prepared for presentation at a Chapter Delegate Assembly. During the Assembly, chapter delegates make any final changes and then vote to adopt the draft guide.

Once the guide is adopted, it is forwarded to the APA Board of Directors for ratification.