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As a Chapter service, Washington planners are invited to attend a series of webinars to be offered in 2018 by various APA Chapters. All sessions are free, offer CM credits, and will begin at 10:00 a.m. PST (1 p.m. ET).

Upcoming Webinar:

Planning for Environmental Justice and Healthy Communities 
February 23 | 10 AM - 11:30 AM

Low-income communities and communities of color tend to be more exposed to impacts from harmful land use activities that can affect human health.  To address land use decision making, California Senate Bill 1000 – the “Planning for Healthy Communities Act” (2016) – now requires certain local jurisdictions to adopt environmental justice goals and policies into their General Plans. Register Now!

Check out the current listing of all webcasts

CM credits can be claimed by looking up the sponsoring Chapter or Division as provider

Distance Education – these webcast recordings are approved for CM credit for viewing throughout 2017:

MRSC Webinars

Are You Thinking About a Levy Lid Lift?
February 7, 11 AM - 12 PM

This webinar will review how the levy lid lift works and discuss the various levy lid lift options, and it will address the importance of the ballot title and the timing of your ballot measure to assure collection in the next calendar year. Register Now!

Building a Priority-Based Budget
February 28, 10 AM - 11 AM
Using a case study of budgeting through the Great Recession, this webinar will provide an overview of how local government can implement a priority-based budget. Register Now!

Preparing an Effective and Legally Defensible Staff Report
March 21, 12 PM - 1:30PM
This webinar dives into the key elements of a good staff report, offering tips on how to make them legally defensible and providing practical examples. These issues are discussed from the perspective of all relevant parties, including the applicant, decision-maker, local government officials and staff, and the general public. Register Now!

Strategic Long-Term Budgeting
March 28, 10 AM - 11 AM

This webinar will review how (and why) local governments can create a comprehensive financial plan that covers operating and capital budgets aspects, addresses long-term financial planning, closes the loop with performance assessments, and creates and carries out evaluations to determine success. Register Now!

Short Course on Local Planning

The Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association is a partner in Department of Commerce’s Short Course on Local Planning program that brings basic planning education to communities around the state, every year. Please visit the Short Course web page for the most up-to-date list of all short course offerings.


Planning Schools in Washington State

Distance Planning Education at Ohio State University

The Planning Education at a Distance program is brand new and offers online continuing education classes for planning practioners and public officials.
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University of Washington Professional & Continuing Education

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Graduate Certificate in Climate Science

The Program on Climate Change amplifies the University of Washington’s range of expertise in climate related fields. The Graduate Certificate in Climate Science (GCeCS) was created to provide an interdisciplinary training in methods, research issues, and communication of climate science that enhances the scientific breadth and professional employability of GCeCS awardees. The certificate combines the PCC courses, specifically designed to address the cross-linkages in the earth system that disciplinary curricula are not able to do, with a capstone in Climate Science Communication. Learn more

Certificate in Construction Management (online)

Master the fundamentals of construction management. Learn the principles of commercial cost estimating, including methods for developing a personal estimating manual and cost estimating techniques for the medium-sized general contractor. Explore the principles, practices and techniques of planning, scheduling and controlling construction projects. Focus on accident prevention through construction safety techniques. Analyze and debate case studies depicting actual events in construction project management. Developed in partnership with UW College of Built Environments. Learn more

Certificate in Green Stormwater Infrastructure Design and Management (online or Seattle)

Expand your technical skills with training in green infrastructure practices that improve water quality by using the natural environment, soil and vegetation to reduce pollution caused by untreated stormwater entering our waterways. Learn more

Certificate in Sustainable Transportation: Planning and Livable Communities (online)

Examine the important issues involved in sustainable transportation planning. Review policies and programs that encourage mixed use and higher density levels designed to promote transportation modes other than the single occupancy vehicle. Study the impact that transportation options have on the quality of service, the environment and sustainability. Explore the movement of goods, various freight options and the strategies for making them more sustainable. Learn about the legal and legislative issues surrounding sustainable transportation policy. Developed in partnership with the UW Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. 
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Master in Geographic Information Systems: Sustainability Management (online)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be an integral part of a design process to develop sustainable solutions, which balance economic, social and environmental considerations, for the world's most challenging problems. Graduates of this master’s degree program will learn how to design a sustainable world with GIS by modeling complex land, transportation and resource problems using geospatial technologies and sustainability management workflows. Developed in partnership with the UW Department of Geography. Learn more

Master in Infrastructure Planning & Management (online)

Protect, Prepare, Adapt. Students in the Master’s in Infrastructure Planning and Management degree program will learn a blend of skills in analysis, strategic planning and emergency management to implement plans that increase infrastructure resilience. Explore how threats such as extreme natural events, climate change, accidents and terrorism impact interconnected and complex infrastructure systems. Developed in partnership with the UW College of Built Environments. Learn more

Master of Sustainable Transportation (online)

Explore sustainable transportation planning and policy, and analyze the growing interest in transportation’s environmental, social, energy and economic impacts on our society. Developed in partnership with the UW Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Learn more


Building Permit Survey

Research and survey findings about building permit turnaround times.

Conducted by Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) of Washington in October 2001. Contact John W. Carpita, P.E. if you have questions.

Unified Development Code

How To Write a Unified Development Code Incorporating Regulatory Reform by Steve Ladd, AICP.