As a Chapter service, Washington planners are invited to attend a series of webinars to be offered in 2017 by various APA Chapters. All sessions are free, offer CM credits, and will begin at 10:00 a.m. PST (1 p.m. ET).

This webinar will focus on the importance of enhancing social engagement in achieving sustainability. Speakers will present examples from different social settings addressing a diverse group of urban and rural population. Age, race, ethnicity, and immigration status are among the most challenging factors impacting one’s level of participation in policy makings. The outcomes of this webinar will inform professional planners about fine lines between active and passive public engagement methods/techniques. The webinar is a collaboration between Planning Communities, APA Sustainable Communities Division, and APA Technology Division.

Preserving floodplains as open space helps keep residents, businesses, and infrastructure out of harm’s way and allows communities to return quickly to normal after flooding occurs. Under National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS), it can also help a community earn discounts on flood insurance premiums. FEMA’s CRS is a federal incentive program that provides flood insurance policyholders with discounts on their premiums in exchange for their community taking actions to reduce flood risk. This free webinar will highlight how communities may achieve success in the green elements of the program. This is your opportunity to learn more about nature-based solutions for community resilience, hear success stories from around the country, ask questions, and share input. Three agencies, who are members along with APA in the Digital Coast Partnership, will share their experience and knowledge about tools, regulations and the process for building community resilience through the CRS.

  • December 1 - LGBTQ and Planning Division – Queer and the Conversation: The Ethics of Inclusion – Speakers: Vanessa E. Delgado, Bonnie J. Johnson, PhD, AICP, M.A., Cade Hobbick. This session is qualified for 1.5 ETHICS credits.
    The AICP Code of Ethics states, “We shall seek social justice by working to expand choice and opportunity for all persons.” We seek to plan for all members of our communities. However, sometimes, with even the best of intentions, we might not be as welcoming or inclusive as we aspire. Through exercises and discussion, we will learn how to create a safer, more civil community for all individuals, particularly those of diverse sexualities and/or gender identities (e.g., lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, etc.). What does it mean to be inclusive? How do we understand other points of view? How can we as planners be mindful of and aware of the needs of all of our communities? This ethics session is based on the “Safe Zone” training provided by the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity and the Office of Multicultural Affairs on the University of Kansas campus. The purpose of Safe Zone training is to reduce homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism creating safer and freer environments for all members of our communities, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

  • December 8 - North Carolina Chapter – Step by Step: Catalyzing Walkable Redevelopment – Speakers: Ben Hitchings, AICP, Adam Lovelady, John Richardson, Todd DeLong
    A growing number of North Carolina communities are transforming suburbia. What strategies are working well, and what aren’t? Planners from Charlotte and Chapel Hill will present experiences using redevelopment to turn suburban districts into more walkable places. Participants will learn how form-based codes can create a compelling entitlements framework and how a municipality can serve as a master developer. 

  • December 13 - Transportation Planning Division – Land Use, Mobility and Technology in Urban America – Speaker: Gabe Klein. NOTE: This is a Wednesday webcast. It was originally scheduled for 10/20/17.
    Cities at different stages of development all grapple with managing the traditional challenges of housing, transportation, infrastructure financing, and environmental sustainability. These complexities are further compounded by rapidly changing modes of operation, new and disruptive technologies and changing expectations and demands from citizens and business. What innovations are taking place in cities these days, and how can government, business and non-profit leaders utilize this wave of change to shape a quality of life that is improved and not compromised? How can they work together vs. at cross purposes? Gabe will discuss the larger macro trends in society, address process innovation and governance, and talk about how city leaders are re-organizing their urban systems to be synergistic vs. at odds with one another and the cities goals. High return public-private partnerships, active transportation, and enhanced public space projects all play a role in the ideal city of the future.

  • December 15 - Women and Planning Division – Women in Planning: Guiding Emerging Professionals – Speakers: Corrin Hoegen Wendell, AICP, Breanne Rothstein, AICP, Olivia Dorow-Hovland, Jahnee Prince, AICP
    As the percentage of women entering the planning profession increases and gain a firm foothold in the doorway of success, they are reaching back to the next generation and welcoming them through that open door. Join the APA Women and Planning Division for an exciting and inspiring discussion focused on your most pressing career questions and what seasoned planners wished they would have known in school and what they would have done differently. Find out the benefits of working in the public or private sector, skills employers are really looking for, and walk away with strategies for getting hired and succeeding in the first year on the job. A panel of top female professionals from early, mid, and seasoned careers will discuss a wide range of important topics including career growth and development, how to gain a valuable planning network, and share their own experiences and stories. This moderated panel will allow the audience to participate in this important dialogue through the use of live polling technology and interactive questions.

You can see the current listing of all webcasts at

CM credits can be claimed by looking up the sponsoring Chapter or Division as provider

Distance Education – these webcast recordings are approved for CM credit for viewing throughout 2016:

MRSC Webinars

  • December 13 - Land Use Case Law Update - Winter 2017 –1.0 CM and 1.0 Legal CM from the American Planning Association (#9137699)
    In this webinar, MRSC legal consultant Jill Dvorkin and longtime land use attorney Phil Olbrechts will review recent, important land use cases applicable to Washington State.

    Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Cost: $35

  • December 13 - Ethics in Planning - 1.5 CM and 1.5 Ethics CM from the American Planning Association (#9137702)
    While this summer’s hurricanes, fires, and flooding have brought many stories of personal tragedy to light, all Americans will contribute to repairing the damage inflicted on communities from Puerto Rico to California. We will all pay for repairs made, both in direct appropriations of our taxes and through our contributions to FEMA. What is role for the ethically motivated planner in preventing the next tragedy of the commons?

    Time: 12:30 PM - 02:00 PM
    Cost: $35

Short Course on Local Planning

The Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association is a partner in Department of Commerce’s Short Course on Local Planning program that brings basic planning education to communities around the state, every year. Please visit the Short Course web page for the most up-to-date list of all short course offerings.


Planning Schools in Washington State

Distance Planning Education at Ohio State University

The Planning Education at a Distance program is brand new and offers online continuing education classes for planning practioners and public officials.
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University of Washington Professional & Continuing Education

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Graduate Certificate in Climate Science

The Program on Climate Change amplifies the University of Washington’s range of expertise in climate related fields. The Graduate Certificate in Climate Science (GCeCS) was created to provide an interdisciplinary training in methods, research issues, and communication of climate science that enhances the scientific breadth and professional employability of GCeCS awardees. The certificate combines the PCC courses, specifically designed to address the cross-linkages in the earth system that disciplinary curricula are not able to do, with a capstone in Climate Science Communication. Learn more

Certificate in Construction Management (online)

Master the fundamentals of construction management. Learn the principles of commercial cost estimating, including methods for developing a personal estimating manual and cost estimating techniques for the medium-sized general contractor. Explore the principles, practices and techniques of planning, scheduling and controlling construction projects. Focus on accident prevention through construction safety techniques. Analyze and debate case studies depicting actual events in construction project management. Developed in partnership with UW College of Built Environments. Learn more

Certificate in Green Stormwater Infrastructure Design and Management (online or Seattle)

Expand your technical skills with training in green infrastructure practices that improve water quality by using the natural environment, soil and vegetation to reduce pollution caused by untreated stormwater entering our waterways. Learn more

Certificate in Sustainable Transportation: Planning and Livable Communities (online)

Examine the important issues involved in sustainable transportation planning. Review policies and programs that encourage mixed use and higher density levels designed to promote transportation modes other than the single occupancy vehicle. Study the impact that transportation options have on the quality of service, the environment and sustainability. Explore the movement of goods, various freight options and the strategies for making them more sustainable. Learn about the legal and legislative issues surrounding sustainable transportation policy. Developed in partnership with the UW Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. 
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Master in Geographic Information Systems: Sustainability Management (online)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be an integral part of a design process to develop sustainable solutions, which balance economic, social and environmental considerations, for the world's most challenging problems. Graduates of this master’s degree program will learn how to design a sustainable world with GIS by modeling complex land, transportation and resource problems using geospatial technologies and sustainability management workflows. Developed in partnership with the UW Department of Geography. Learn more

Master in Infrastructure Planning & Management (online)

Protect, Prepare, Adapt. Students in the Master’s in Infrastructure Planning and Management degree program will learn a blend of skills in analysis, strategic planning and emergency management to implement plans that increase infrastructure resilience. Explore how threats such as extreme natural events, climate change, accidents and terrorism impact interconnected and complex infrastructure systems. Developed in partnership with the UW College of Built Environments. Learn more

Master of Sustainable Transportation (online)

Explore sustainable transportation planning and policy, and analyze the growing interest in transportation’s environmental, social, energy and economic impacts on our society. Developed in partnership with the UW Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Learn more


Building Permit Survey

Research and survey findings about building permit turnaround times.

Conducted by Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) of Washington in October 2001. Contact John W. Carpita, P.E. if you have questions.

Unified Development Code

How To Write a Unified Development Code Incorporating Regulatory Reform by Steve Ladd, AICP.