Policy and Advocacy

Learn How to Advance Inclusive, Smart Planning Policy

APA's Policy and Advocacy Conference

Sharpen your advocacy skills and use them to influence planning policies set forth by Congress and the Administration. Register now for APA's Policy and Advocacy Conference to join APA and planning advocates from September 24-26, in Washington D.C. You'll be well prepared to deliver your message in person to representatives at Planners' Day on Capitol Hill on the event's last day.


Promoting our Legislative Priorities and Infrastructure Principles

APA's Board of Directors adopted a slate of legislative priorities, and with them a set of nine guiding infrastructure principles, to shape legislative action on key planning issues in 2017.

APA Statement on FY 2018 Federal Budget Proposal

On March 16, President Trump proposed eliminating and severely cutting funding for key community development, transportation, and economic development programs. APA calls on Congress to reject these cuts and support essential investments in the future of our communities.

Planners' Advocacy Network

The best way to shape federal planning policy outcomes through APA.

Free for all APA members, Network members enjoy:

Visit the Planners' Advocacy Network page, click on the "Join Today" button, and check the My APA box "Yes, Include me in the Planners' Advocacy Network."

Advocate's Toolbox

All the tools you need to make your voice heard on key planning issues.

What's Inside:

  • Advocacy resources
  • Best practices
  • Members-only webinars
  • Success stories
  • Amicus Curiae resources

Legislative Action Center

Use this resource to connect directly with elected officials and take action on pending legislation that impacts planning.

Actions to take now:

Tip: Get started by watching our quick "how to" video.

Policy Blog Posts


Amicus Curiae

APA works to advance planning through the judicial process by filing amicus curiae — friend of the court — briefs in select cases of national importance.

Communications Guide

This online, interactive guide designed to help planners develop and deliver positive values-based messages about planning and APA to targeted audiences.