For Commissioners

Great Planning Commissions Make Great Communities Happen

APA is every commissioner’s best source for training, tools, and support related to local planning.

Members of community planning commissions, zoning boards of appeals, design review boards, and similar bodies may join APA at a discounted rate and become part of a national network of planners, officials, advocates, and students working to make great communities.

Individuals or Entire Commissions May Join as APA Planning Board Members

Enroll all or part of your commission as APA Planning Board Members and connect to a dynamic community dedicated to good planning. APA offers commissioners tested tools — publications, training, networking opportunities, and other targeted resources — that help their communities anticipate and plan for tomorrow.

Resources for Planning Commissions and Boards

  • Education: Participate in online or on-site training tailored to commissioners’ needs.
  • Publications: The Commissioner, available as an APA member benefit or by subscription for nonmembers, delivers important information about zoning, board management, legal issues, and more.
  • Policy: Get expert guidance from APA’s Policy Guides and Legislative Priorities.
  • Ethics: APA’s statement of Ethical Principles in Planning is the essential guide to principled and proper conduct for everyone who participates in the planning process.

On-Demand Education and Books for Commissioners

  • E-book 

    The Board of Adjustment

    by: Gail Easley, David Theriaque
    There are so many things board of adjustment members must consider — and so few sources to guide them. The Board of Adjustment explains them all.
    List Price
    $26.99
    APA member
    $21.59
  • Book 

    The Planning Commissioners Guide

    New Edition
    by: C. Gregory Dale, FAICP, Benjamin Herman, FAICP, Anne McBride, FAICP
    This step-by-step guidebook gets new planning commissioners off on the right foot and helps experienced commission members navigate their roles.
    List Price
    $29.95
    APA member
    $19.95
  • American Planning Association
    On-Demand Education 

    On Demand: Managing Productive Planning Commission and Zoning Board Meetings

    During this session, planning commissioners and staff members will gain valuable knowledge related to conducting a productive planning commission or board meeting, including fundamental roles and responsibilities of a planning commissioner and staff, basic ethical considerations, legal requirements, and tips for maintaining order through use of Robert's Rules of Order and other meeting management
    List
    $24.99
    APA Member
    $4.99
    • Susan Trevarthen, FAICP
    • Janet Palma, AICP
    #9103810
  • American Planning Association
    On-Demand Education 

    On Demand: Ethics for Planning Commissioners

    Examine an ethical framework for planning commissioners, including how they can conduct their meetings — and themselves — in a manner that protects the public trust. Gain a better understanding of commissioner ethics, beyond conflict-of-interest concerns.
    List
    $24.99
    APA Member
    $4.99
    • Robert Mitchell, FAICP
    • Jeanne Krikawa
    • Andrew Lane
    • W. Shedrick Coleman
    #9105668