The Chapter will offer its annual AICP Exam Prep session on Saturday, April 14th, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the South Seattle College (West Seattle). Learn more and register today

Request for Nominations

The Governor’s 2018 Smart Communities Awards

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2018 Planning Awards Program

Sponsored by:
The Planning Association of Washington and the
Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association

Call for Nominations

The Planning Association of Washington (PAW) and the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA WA) are pleased to announce the 2018 Awards Program.

PLEASE NOTE: In 2018, the Awards Program Winners will be recognized at the PAW Annual Conference in Chelan in May. The program schedule is therefore accelerated, and nominations are due by MARCH 16, 2018.

For the 32nd year, the associations will jointly honor outstanding contributions to the field of planning in Washington State. Our joint award program goals are to recognize great planning efforts in Washington, to promote excellent planning in government and the private sector, and to increase public awareness of the roles of PAW and APA WA in supporting outstanding planning in Washington.

Applications must be received by 5:00 PM on Friday, March 16, 2018
Awards will be presented at the
2018 PAW Annual Conference in Chelan, May 1-4, 2018.

Get the Award Instructions Now!

Let's Celebrate Successful Planning and Showcase your Projects!
2018 award winners will have their projects/plans featured in the PAW newsletter, the Western Planner Magazine, the Washington Chapter of the APA Newsletter, and in APA Washington's Planning Commissioner quarterly newsletter.

Submit a Nomination Application Now!

You will be invoiced when application is received
If you have any questions about the awards process, please contact either of the Committee Co-Chairs, Lloyd Skinner and Darby Cowles,AICP.

2017 Continuing Education Survey


Thanks for participating in the 2017 Continuing Education Survey. Survey results are available here.

Are you a student in planning at the University of Washington, Eastern Washington University, or Western Washington University thinking of going to the National Conference in New Orleans this April?

The APA Washington is seeking students from the UW, EWU, and WWU accredited planning programs to apply for one of two $150 travel subsidies. As an organization focused on the future of planning, the APA Washington Chapter board and membership encourages student involvement in the chapter and attendance at planning events like the national conference.

The application deadline is Friday, February 2nd, download the application now

Take a look at the new 2015-2017 APAWA Biennial Report! The report details the accomplishments of the chapter under the leadership of Paula Reeves.

The Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW) program works with communities to reduce wildfire risk within the wildland-urban interface through improved land use planning. We have worked with 18 communities since 2015, and are now accepting applications from eligible communities for 2018.

What do selected communities receive?

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2017 APA Washington Annual Conference

September 28-29, 2017
Seattle, WA



Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center
17620 International Blvd.
Seattle, WA 98188

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2017 Planning Awards Program

Sponsored by:
The Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Planning Association of Washington

Call for Nominations

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AICP has provided the Washington APA Chapter with three scholarships for taking the AICP exam at a reduced cost. This program was instituted to offer assistance to individuals who must bear financial hardship as a result of signing up to take the exam or who defer taking the exam because of the high cost.

The AICP exam fee is normally $495 for new applicants ($70 application fee plus a $425 exam fee). Previously approved applicants can take the exam for $425 (Exam fee only). Scholarship winners are eligible to take the exam for $145 (combined $70 application and $75 exam testing fee); previously approved applicants awarded the scholarship would be able to take the exam for $75 (exam testing fee only).

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On Friday March 17, 2017, over 65 individuals representing a broad audience of planners, regulators, natural resource experts, attorneys, Tribal Nations and other stakeholders from across Washington and Oregon states came together in Hood River, Oregon for the Columbia River Regional Forum (Forum). The purpose of the Forum was to bring a diverse group together to discuss the Columbia River, a critical resource of international significance. The day was structured around three panel discussions and a lunchtime keynote address. Panelists presented on three critical issues in the Columbia River Gorge, infrastructure, water, and energy. The keynote speaker discussed a current and persistent threat to the Columbia River Gorge: the Hanford nuclear power site. The Forum kicked-off a 2 year planning process to update the Columbia River Gorge Management Plan - Gorge 2020. The plan, mandated by the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act of 1986 is updated every ten years.


The Columbia River Forum Report was created to capture the content and themes discussed during the Forum. The Report includes background information about how and why the Forum was planned and captures visions for future action discussed throughout the day. Content ranges from background on the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the management of land, water, infrastructure, and energy in the region to background on the various treaties, agreements, and plans that impact the region. Cross-cutting issues and jurisdictional struggles are highlighted. The report concludes with overarching and recurrent themes from the Forum.

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Announcing the Great Places in Washington Pilot Program

An awards program co-sponsored by the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA WA) and the Planning Association of Washington (PAW)

In this initial effort, we will soon be requesting a call for nominations to recognize Great Neighborhoods in Washington State. Awards this year will be given to two neighborhoods — one in Western Washington and one in Eastern Washington. This pilot program is based on the American Planning Association’s Great Places in America Program.

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WSPHA invites you to submit an abstract for their 2017 Annual Conference. Due to popular demand, WSPHA is extending the abstract deadline to Friday, April 21!

The theme of this year's Annual Conference is "Communities Building a Healthier Washington". Becoming a presenter is a great way to share the work that you do to make Washington a safe and healthy place to live. With over 400 public health professionals in attendance, the Conference is the largest annual gathering and networking event of diverse partners from across the state.

To become a presenter, please submit abstracts by Friday, April 21. All abstracts are peer reviewed. You can apply to present on the WSPHA Annual Conference Page

Proposed Bylaws Amendment

March 31st, 2017
1.) Purpose
The Inland Empire Section of Washington’s American Planning Association is working on updates to its Bylaws in order to better reflect the makeup and the vision of the section’s membership. The Bylaws contain information pertaining to officers, duties, term duration, meetings, etc. Those items will not change. However, in review of the current “Purpose” statement, also known as Article II, the board identified opportunities to improve, bolster and reorganize the current statement. Amending the “Purpose” to include “Mission and Vision” will provide additional basis for section activities and support its future aspirations.

2.) Idaho
Additionally, the bylaws currently include Idaho. Since APA-Idaho’s regions have been fully established, amendments to the bylaws will resolve the current overlap. Idaho counties Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah, Latah, Nez Perce, Shoshone, and Clearwater are now being served by APA-Idaho’s regions one and two. The current proposal will remove Idaho references from the bylaws.

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The Inland Empire Section of the APA is pleased to announce the 2017 Inland Empire Section Conference, June 1 and 2. We will meet again this year at Elkin's Resort in Priest Lake Idaho. Sessions qualify for AICP CM Credits. See the attached preliminary program. This year includes a great selection of interesting projects and hands-on skill building. We are still looking for a couple of lightening round presentations. If you've got a fast and fun ten minute presentation, let us know.

Learn more and sign up today!

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APA Washington is now accepting Nominations for State and Section Board Member leadership positions for the 2017 Annual State Planning Elections. Board leadership positions are a great way to network and give back to APA-WA. Nominations and position statements are due by May 15th, so don’t delay!

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Governor Inslee has invited nominations for outstanding work by local governments and their partners on community planning and development. The awards have been an annual event since 2006.

Nominations are open through April 24, 2017. For more information and nomination forms, please go to Governor’s Smart Communities webpage.

If you are planning to take the exam in 2017, you should definitely consider taking the Chapter's annual AICP Exam Prep Session, to be held Saturday, March 25, at the South Seattle College (8:30 to 4:00 p.m., breakfast snacks, and lunch provided, $30 registration fee). Register Now! (Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22nd.)

The APA Chapter Presidents' Council (CPC) Study Manual for the AICP Examination (CD-ROM) is available through the APA Washington office. They can be purchased using the Online Order Form for $15 +$3 shipping.

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March 17, 2017

Best Western Plus Hood River Inn
Hood River, OR

The purpose of this APA Regional Forum is to bring planers, allied professions, policy makers and regulatory entities together to discuss this critical resource of international significance, the Columbia River.

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