2018 APA Washington Annual Conference

Riding the Rapids of Change
October 4-5, 2018
Spokane, WA

Student Posters | Registration | Sponsorship | Hotel | Session Descriptions


Download the brochure for full session descriptions.

We are excited to have this year’s APA Washington Annual Planning Conference in beautiful Eastern Washington! The Conference will be focusing on Riding the Rapids of Change. The 2018 APA Washington Annual Conference features five tracks intended to highlight current trends, tools, and practices at the forefront of planning:

  • FINDING THE BALANCE – (Sustainability) Climate change, green building, renewable energy, open space, ecosystems, stormwater, resiliency planning, public health, urban agriculture.
  • RECHARGING OUR COMMUNITIES – (Community Development) Community demographic trends, new housing options, changing workforce housing, transportation, comprehensive plans, subarea plans, development regulations and project reviews, economic development, diversity, workforce, homelessness, Tribal planning.
  • OUTFITTING THE PLANNER – (Toolbox) Law and Ethics, recreational marijuana: lessons learned so far, sign codes, how ethics have evolved through the years, the effective and efficient planner, GIS, data analytics, building effective teams, communication tools.
  • UNCHARTED WATERS – (Leading Edge) Adapting to new technology, regulating new business types, tactical urbanism, economic development, adapting decision making to a new future (GMA and SEPA legacy, TIF in WA), and anything that does not fit into one of the boxes but is really cutting edge.
  • DIVING IN TOGETHER – (Community Engagement) Community engagement techniques, innovations in advocacy planning, regional planning, public/private partnerships, equity, Tribal planning, media and communications.

Student Posters

Be part of the student poster contest at the 2018 WA APA Planning Conference in Spokane! Check out the flyer for more information on the contest and then download the submission form


Keep an eye out, registration will open in mid-July!

Member Registration
  Early $295
  Late (September 22 - onsite)  $350
Non-Member Registration
  Early  $325
  Late (September 8 - onsite)  $400
Single-Day Registration
  Members Thursday only $200
  Members Friday only $200
  Non-members Thursday only $250
  Non-members Friday only $250
 Other Registration Types
  Full-Time Student $50


If you'd like to share this conference information, please download the registration brochure

Sponsorship Information

 There are several ways to participate in the conference and showcase your organization by becoming a sponsor or an exhibitor. Download the sponsorship information. 

Conference Hotel

DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center 
322 N Spokane Falls Court
Spokane, WA 99201

Conference room rate is now sold out.  Make reservations online, or call for (509)-455-9600 for reservations. 

Contact Stephanie Kennedy, Event Manager, by phone at (503) 626-8197 or by email at [email protected].