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Deadline to submit is June 17, 2022 at 11:59PM PT

You will be notified by July 18, 2022, if your session has been accepted.

Preparing your Proposal | Submittal CriteriaPresenter Registration | AICP CM Credit Requirements

The Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA WA) invites you to submit your session proposals for the 2022 Annual Planning Conference, to be held October 11-13, 2022, in Vancouver.

The 2022 conference theme will be Keep Calm and Plan On in recognition of the many emerging challenges in our communities that planners are dealing with - addressing housing supply and affordability, promoting inclusion and equity goals, implementing transportation policies that benefit all users, and advancing climate change resilience strategies to name a few...all in a time of broader societal discord.

This conference will equip you, as community planners, with strategies and tools to handle the daily demands of planning in these challenging times. You are encouraged to propose sessions and mobile workshops that address any aspect of local and regional planning practice, but the following areas will receive special focus at the conference:

Bridging the Housing Supply and Affordability Gap

What are jurisdictions doing to increase meet their housing challenges? What regulatory or incentive-based approaches have been successful in promoting the development of missing middle projects? Where are the easy wins and what approaches can make the biggest impact on closing the gap?

Planning for Inclusion and Equity

Engagement, Equity, Diversity, Listening. What tools and techniques are essential to ensuring our plans, policies, and program authentically represent the whole community, not just those who are loudest and most visible? How do we know when we get it right?

Tackling Transportation and Mobility Challenges

A community’s street system is one of its most valuable assets. How can planners help to make these assets work for users of all ages and abilities, not just automobiles? What is context-sensitive design and where has it been successful in meeting most, if not all, needs? What can we learn from projects that did not go according to plan?

Advancing Climate Change Resiliency

For decades, climate change has been seen as too big an issue for local governments to be concerned about, but that has changed dramatically in recent years. Local commissions and councils are now asking planners what actions their communities can take to slow the current trends. What climate change resiliency strategies are being implemented in both urban and rural areas? How can planners leverage other societal changes in mobility options, design, housing, and community awareness to advance climate change resiliency practices?


Please contact the APA Washington Office at (206) 682-7436 or [email protected]

Your Session Proposal

How to Prepare Your Proposal:

TOPIC and PRESENTERS:  The first thing is to decide on your topic and think through the story to be told and who are the best people to tell that story.  You are welcome to invite non-planners to present if their comments add to the topic. Please shape sessions to be consistent with Certification Maintenance requirements, including the four mandatory CM credits (see Criteria for CM Mandatory Credits (

The following information will be requested during the submission process. 

  • Session Title
  • Session Description, including the objectives of the session
  • Short summary of session - limit of 150 words (for conference marketing)
  • Session Format (Point/Counterpoint, Panel Discussions, Moderated Debate, Interactive Workshops, etc.)
  • Proposed Session Length (Between 45-75 minutes) and if you would be willing to adjust the time of your session, depending on program needs
  • Presenters - names, contact information and biographies.
  • Moderator (if appropriate for panel)  - names, contact information and biographies.
  • Audio visual requirements
  • You will need to submit a completed CM form (which will include some of the above information) once your session is selected

Submittal Criteria

Complete submission form, by June 17, 2022:

The Program Committee will select conference sessions considering the following criteria:

• Proposal provides the information requested above.

• Sessions that are unique, engaging, and, while not mandatory, address aspects of the conference theme.

• Sessions that include APA members, although, sessions offering a panel with diverse perspectives (e.g., multi-disciplinary views, geographic diversity, etc.) are also desirable.

The Program Committee is responsible for overseeing the content of each session and, as the conference program develops, edits to proposals, suggestions for additions, or other changes may be requested to better balance each session.

Registration Information

• Presenters will receive free admission for the day they speak or 50% off the full conference.

• We do not pay honoraria or reimburse for travel or lodging expenses.

• Applicants will be notified once conference registration is live

AICP - CM Credits

Conference Sessions will offer AICP Certification Maintenance, so session organizers are asked to structure their proposals to be consistent with the CM learning objectives. Please fill out the session form below. Please reference CM learning criteria in structuring your session so you can ensure that the chapter can acquire CM credits for it (if the session lends itself to that.)

Submit a Proposal

Deadline to submit is June 17, 2022 at 11:59PM PT

You will be notified by July 18, 2022, if your session has been accepted. 

If selected, you will be contacted by a Program Committee member to complete a CM form.