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The Southwest Section is committed to promoting sound planning practices based on ethical principles to help the community improve its quality of life, realize its goals, and secure its future.

Upcoming Events

  • June 20th 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.– SW Section Executive Board Meeting at BergerAbam, 210 E 13th Street, Suite 300, Vancouver, WA 98660-3231 Bring a sack lunch. 

  • July 18th 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.– Summer Planners Forum | Clark County Elections Building, 1408 Franklin Street, Room 226. Vancouver, WA
    The agenda will include:
    • LiDAR Mapping in the Columbia River Gorge, Stephen Slaughter, DNR
    • Project Management in the Public and Private Sectors  – A Panel Discussion
      • Patrick Sweeney,  Senior Planner with Toole Design Group  
      • Elaine Placido, Cowlitz County Building and Planning Director
      • Carley Francis, Regional Planning Director WSDOT Southwest Region
    • Join us for the SW WA APA executive board meeting over lunch following the forum!
  • July 18th 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Join us for the SW WA APA general meeting over lunch following the forum. Location TBD
    The agenda will include:

    • Executive Board Updates
    • Summer social events
    • Bylaw Amendments and Voting
    • Urban Activism – Join us and Habitat for Humanity in September!
  • September 29th 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Our SW Section will be taking over a Habitat for Humanity build site for the day. Please contact Sarah Fox with any questions and to sign up for the event.    

Also, keep up-to-date and connect with us on Facebook!

Section Bylaws

The bylaws are the organizing and operating protocols for the SW Section. The board would like to amend our bylaws at the next meeting on July 18. Please consider attending and voting.

In brief, the substantive changes include: updating our options to vote on bylaw amendments by electronic vote; removing the position of Education Coordinator; and amending the duties of our Communications Chair to be responsible for our electronic communication versus publishing a newsletter. Please review the draft and provide comments to our Executive Board. View draft bylaws. View section bylaws. We look forward to seeing you at noon on July 18th!

Strategic Plan

The Southwest Section exists to support our members, to advance the planning profession and to make communities great. The Strategic Plan includes prioritized goals, strategies and actions items to be accomplished over a two-year period.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors meets for a conference call on the third Wednesday of every month at 12:00 p.m. except for January, April, July, and October when the Board meets at 12 noon at the SW Planners Forum (location varies).

Conference Call-Instructions: (513) 386-0000. Participant Access Code: 1024669#.
Executive Board email: [email protected]

President Sarah Fox, AICP
City of Camas
(360) 817-1562 ext. 4269
[email protected]
President-Elect Patrick Sweeney, AICP

Toole Design Group
(503) 205-4607 xt. 331
[email protected]

Immediate Past-President Amanda Smeller  
Treasurer Jocelyn Cross Olson Engineering
(360) 695-1385
[email protected]
Secretary Sam Rubin BergerABAM
(360) 823-6115
[email protected]
Clark County Representative Gary Albrecht, AICP
Clark County
(360) 397-2280 ext. 4318
[email protected]
Cowlitz County Representative

Jason Lugo 

 Cowlitz County 

360-577-3052 xt. 6677 
[email protected]

Skamania County Representative Ben Shumaker City of Skamania
(509) 427-5970
[email protected]
Education Coordinator VACANT  
Professional Development Co-Chair

Nick Fazio

Cowlitz County
360-577-3052 x6664
[email protected]

Professional Development Co-Chair

Judith Perez

(360) 905-2053
[email protected]

Communications Officer Don Hardy BergerABAM
(360) 823-6115
[email protected]
Legislative Liaison Brian Carrico BergerABAM
(360) 823-6122
[email protected]