National Community Planning Month

The achievements of planning are celebrated in October with National Community Planning Month.

This year's theme — Innovation in Planning — underscores the important role planning plays in addressing and adapting to challenges faced by communities in the 21st century. From using data sources and technology to address issues including inequality, access to transportation and social mobility to celebrating new approaches to creating communities of lasting value.

Planning Month 2017

National Community Planning Month kicks off every year with the announcement of APA's Great Places in America. These Great Places feature unique and authentic characteristics that have evolved from years of thoughtful, deliberate planning by residents, community leaders, and planners.

Coming Soon: Check back this summer for new and improved resources, tools, and training to get you ready for Planning Month.

Have a suggestion for what you'd like to see in the Planning Month Resource Hub? Tell us at

Planning Month 2016 Recap

2016 was a banner year for Planning Month. Here's a look at all of the ways in which planners educated community members, influencers, and partners about the value of planning:

How Does Planning Add Value to Your Community?

We want to know: How is planning benefiting your community? Email us your stories at and we'll help you celebrate your successes all October long.

Planning a community tour, meeting, or other special event to mark the occasion? Let us know. We've got the resources to help you prepare!

Spread the Word

You can help spread the word about the importance of planning. Use the hashtag #PlanningMonth in your social media posts.