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November/December 2020 Volume XXXIV, Issue 5


Grant Opportunity

The Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program provides tailored technical assistance, along with a $12,500 award, to develop and initiate action plans to increase safe and equitable access to parks and green space in their communities. Grant applications are due December 18, 2020.

Find out how to apply

Show Your Support for Tribal and Indigenous Planners, Communities, and Nations!

Consider signing a petition to reestablish a Tribal and Indigenous Division of APA. Their work promotes awareness, communication and action on Tribal and Indigenous planning issues.

Looking for interesting learning opportunities? Check out the APA Washington Events Calendar or the chapter’s Facebook page or upcoming planning-related events and activities!

Planning Webcast Consortium

View the full webcast schedule and register to attend live.

APA WA Job Board

Explore careers in planning on the APA WA Job Board. Hiring? Post a job!

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A note from the editors: As we compiled the last Washington Planner for the year, we couldn't help but think back on all the challenges and opportunities that 2020 has brought both personally and professionally. Thank you for your continued support and involvement in APA WA. We look forward to ringing in 2021 with you.

President's Message

Nancy Eklund, AICP

Celebrating a successful virtual conference, ramping up for budget-making, and coordinating on continuing education opportunities - it’s a busy time at APA WA. Read updates from our Chapter President on what’s happening, including some important updates about how APA National is handling 2021 meetings and budgets.

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2020 PAW/APA Planning Awards

The 37th annual Planning Association of Washington (PAW) / American Planning Association - Washington (APA WA) State Awards for Planning Excellence were announced Friday, October 30 at the PAW annual membership meeting, which was held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Winning teams shared the highlights of their projects, which represent some of the most innovative and excellent planning work happening throughout the state. Find out who won!

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2020 APA WA/APA OR Joint Conference Summary

The 2020 APA WA/APA OR Joint Conference was a success!

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AICP Exam Scholarships Available - Apply by December 6!

Wayne E. Carlson, FAICP
Co-Professional Development Officer
(206) 658-2674

The Washington APA Chapter is able to offer up to three scholarships for individuals taking the AICP exam in 2021. For both traditional AICP test-takers and those pursuing the AICP Candidate route, exam fees normally would be $510 for new applicants. Scholarship winners are eligible to take the exam for $210.

The deadline for applying for the scholarship is 5:00 pm on Sunday, December 6, 2020. We will notify recipients on Monday, December 7, 2020, which will allow recipients to register for the exam in advance of the December 14, 2020 deadline. Please see the AICP page of the Chapter website for the application and more information. Additional information regarding the May 2021 AICP Exam Certification cycle can be found at

The Chapter will be offering its annual exam prep class sometime in February or March, so plan ahead if you are thinking of taking the exam in 2021! More information on that event will be available soon.

Northwest Section Awards Annual Scholarship

The Northwest Section is pleased to announce the winter of its annual scholarship to Zinat Lucans. Learn more about the scholarship program and this year’s winner.

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Western Washington University Urban Planning & Sustainable Development Program Updates

Dr. Tamara Laninga, AICP, Associate Professor and Chloe Bonsen, Senior planning student and Disaster Risk Reduction minor

The UPSD program is happy to introduce their newest faculty member, and give updates on their accreditation progress, a recent student project award and scholarship recipient, and insights from their student planning club.

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Save the Date: An Evening with Beth Osbourne

January 27, 2021

Hear Beth Osbourne, Director of Transportation for America, on January 27, 2021. Brought to you by the UW Department of Urban Design and Planning and the Professionals Council.

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Commerce Webinar Series

You’re Invited!

The Washington State Department of Commerce and state agency partners at the Departments of Fish and Wildlife and Ecology invite you to join an 11-week webinar series on monitoring and adaptive management of critical areas and shorelines. Starting in January 2021, the series will feature expert guest speakers, opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, tools and resources to develop and enhance critical areas and shorelines monitoring and adaptive management. See this Save-the-Date announcement for a full list of topics covered in the series lineup and share this announcement with others who may be interested.

Registration information and further details will be sent in the coming weeks and will be posted on our project webpage and on the Commerce website. Questions? Contact Genevieve Dial at [email protected] and Scott Kuhta at [email protected].

Safe Streets for Better, More Socially Just Communities

Andreas Wolfe, Michael Hintz

Transportation policies and practices and street design can help us to create safer and more just communities.

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BAM Biennial 2021: Architecture & Urban Design

Applications are currently open for BAM Biennial 2021: Architecture & Urban Design. This juried exhibition invites artists and makers working in the fields of architecture and urban design to take a creative approach to architecture and urban design, to investigate questions surrounding equity and the built environment during a pandemic, and to pursue the Biennial as an opportunity to push the boundaries of their vision and skill. Applications are open to architects and urban designers working in the Northwest, and the Museum is accepting submissions through January 1, 2021. The exhibition will be on view at BAM November 5, 2021 – April 24, 2022.

Full details about the exhibition and the application form can be found at

Interested in submitting an article for the next newsletter? Contact the APA WA Communications Committee, Laura Benjamin and Andrea Harris-Long, at [email protected].

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