Great Places Pilot Program

Announcing the Great Places in Washington Pilot Program

An awards program co-sponsored by the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA WA) and the Planning Association of Washington (PAW)

In this initial effort, we will soon be requesting a call for nominations to recognize Great Neighborhoods in Washington State. Awards this year will be given to two neighborhoods — one in Western Washington and one in Eastern Washington. This pilot program is based on the American Planning Association’s Great Places in America Program.

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Call for Abstracts for WSPHA 2017 Annual Conference

WSPHA invites you to submit an abstract for their 2017 Annual Conference. Due to popular demand, WSPHA is extending the abstract deadline to Friday, April 21!

The theme of this year's Annual Conference is "Communities Building a Healthier Washington". Becoming a presenter is a great way to share the work that you do to make Washington a safe and healthy place to live. With over 400 public health professionals in attendance, the Conference is the largest annual gathering and networking event of diverse partners from across the state.

To become a presenter, please submit abstracts by Friday, April 21. All abstracts are peer reviewed. You can apply to present on the WSPHA Annual Conference Page

Inland Empire Section Proposed Bylaws Amendment

Proposed Bylaws Amendment

March 31st, 2017
1.) Purpose
The Inland Empire Section of Washington’s American Planning Association is working on updates to its Bylaws in order to better reflect the makeup and the vision of the section’s membership. The Bylaws contain information pertaining to officers, duties, term duration, meetings, etc. Those items will not change. However, in review of the current “Purpose” statement, also known as Article II, the board identified opportunities to improve, bolster and reorganize the current statement. Amending the “Purpose” to include “Mission and Vision” will provide additional basis for section activities and support its future aspirations.

2.) Idaho
Additionally, the bylaws currently include Idaho. Since APA-Idaho’s regions have been fully established, amendments to the bylaws will resolve the current overlap. Idaho counties Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah, Latah, Nez Perce, Shoshone, and Clearwater are now being served by APA-Idaho’s regions one and two. The current proposal will remove Idaho references from the bylaws.

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Inland Empire Section Conference 2017

The Inland Empire Section of the APA is pleased to announce the 2017 Inland Empire Section Conference, June 1 and 2. We will meet again this year at Elkin's Resort in Priest Lake Idaho. Sessions qualify for AICP CM Credits. See the attached preliminary program. This year includes a great selection of interesting projects and hands-on skill building. We are still looking for a couple of lightening round presentations. If you've got a fast and fun ten minute presentation, let us know.

Learn more and sign up today!

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APA WA 2017 Elections

APA Washington is now accepting Nominations for State and Section Board Member leadership positions for the 2017 Annual State Planning Elections. Board leadership positions are a great way to network and give back to APA-WA. Nominations and position statements are due by May 15th, so don’t delay!

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2017 Governor's Smart Communities Awards - Request for Nominations

Governor Inslee has invited nominations for outstanding work by local governments and their partners on community planning and development. The awards have been an annual event since 2006.

Nominations are open through April 24, 2017. For more information and nomination forms, please go to Governor’s Smart Communities webpage.

Washington Chapter ASLA Welcomes Allied Professionals to Annual Conference

AICP Exam Prep Session

If you are planning to take the exam in 2017, you should definitely consider taking the Chapter's annual AICP Exam Prep Session, to be held Saturday, March 25, at the South Seattle College (8:30 to 4:00 p.m., breakfast snacks, and lunch provided, $30 registration fee). Register Now! (Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22nd.)

The APA Chapter Presidents' Council (CPC) Study Manual for the AICP Examination (CD-ROM) is available through the APA Washington office. They can be purchased using the Online Order Form for $15 +$3 shipping.

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Columbia River Regional Forum

March 17, 2017

Best Western Plus Hood River Inn
Hood River, OR

The purpose of this APA Regional Forum is to bring planers, allied professions, policy makers and regulatory entities together to discuss this critical resource of international significance, the Columbia River.

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New Commissioners Sought for Seattle Design Commission

Mayor Edward Murray is looking for two new Seattle Design Commission (SDC) members to fill two upcoming vacancies. One position is for a person with a professional background in urban planning, urban design, or landscape architecture. The second position is the at-large, or lay, position. This position has been held by a person in the real estate or development community. We are also interested in people working in the community development field. 

Both positions begin their terms in March 2017 and are eligible for up to two – two year terms.  SDC members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. The 10‐member commission is comprised of members of the architecture, engineering and urban design professions, including one member from the YMCA’s Get Engaged program.

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Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire Applications

Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire is excited to inform you that the 2016-2017 CPAW application process is now open! Applications can be accessed here and will be accepted until September 23, 2016, 5:00 pm MT.

During the 2016-2017 cycle, five communities will be selected based on a competitive application process. Selected communities are not responsible for any direct costs associated with CPAW services provided, but staff time to participate is required. All advice and assistance given to the community will be limited to services that are intended to reduce the risk from wildfires. Local governments will retain sole authority for implementation of any land use planning recommendations provided through CPAW. Any community in the U.S. can apply, and eligible jurisdictions include towns, cities, or counties having authority over local land use and zoning decisions (unincorporated communities require county application). Only applications demonstrating support from both the community’s planning and fire departments will be considered.

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2016 Joint WA/OR Annual Conference

Join us in Portland, Oregon this October for the 2016 Joint APA WA/OR Conference. Mobile Workshops are scheduled for October 26 and sessions for October 27 and 28. We hope you are able to take advantage of the many opportunities to learn from experts in planning in the Northwest, to meet old friends and make new ones, and to explore Portland. Visit the APA OR website to learn more and register.

The joint conference promises to be a worthwhile event with mobile workshops in the Portland area, the Vancouver waterfront, and out to the Columbia River Gorge scheduled. There are five learning tracks and over 40 breakout sessions, with time in between for networking, visiting exhibitors, and night time activities, including a pub crawl and scavenger hunt on Friday night.

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Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire Training

Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire Training

This interactive training is a must for anyone who wants a better understanding of the trends and risks associated with development in wildfire-prone areas and the role that planning can play in wildfire mitigation.

This training will be held on August 9th, 2016 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM at the Civic Center of Great Falls, MT

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Inland Empire Section Conference 2016

2016 Priest Lake Conference

The Inland Empire Section of the APA is pleased to announce the 2016 Inland Empire Section Conference, June 2 and 3. We will meet again this year at Elkin’s Resort in Priest Lake Idaho.

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Call for Proposals Open Now for 16th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth conference

The Call for Session Proposals for the 16th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth conference is open now through June 30th. The conference will be held February 2-4, 2017 in St. Louis, MO!

This year’s event will be built on the first fifteen highlight successful conference in this series, which collectively brought together an audience of close to 20,000 people from across the US. This conference is unique in that it focuses on a multi-disciplinary approach to implementing smart growth principles to help build safer, healthier, more economically viable, transit-oriented and pedestrian-friendly communities across the nation.

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APA Washington Members to Receive Discounted TREC Transportation & Communities Summit Registration

APA Washington members are eligible to receive discounted conference registration for the upcoming Transportation and Communities Summit.

The discount code is:

Early Bird APA Washington Member; Full Conference - $275:  APA_TCS16

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APA Great Places in America - Call for Assistance

Registration Open for APA WA Inland Empire Section Annual Conference!

APA Washington | Inland Empire Section
2016 Annual Conference: Thursday-Friday, June 2-3, 2016
Elkins Resort, Priest Lake, Idaho

Please see the event webpage for more details and registration.

Registration Now Open for Community Tree Management Institute 2016

Event Contact: Ben Thompson, Urban Forestry Specialist, WA State Department of Natural Resources; 360-902-1382; [email protected]

I hope you will consider attending the 2016 Community Tree Management Institute (CTMI), which will be held later this fall. CTMI is an intensive training and professional development course covering topics relevant to urban and community forestry management in the Pacific Northwest. The course has just been re-designed to emphasize peer-to-peer learning within three creative, dynamic, and engaging sessions:

  • Session 1: Community: 2 days’ worth of instruction covering communications, public outreach, partnership building, working with diverse audiences, working with tree boards and committees, and principles of leadership. (September 12-14 at the Alderbrook Resort and Hotel in Union, WA)
  • Session 2: Trees: 2 days’ worth of instruction covering technical foundations including tree I.D., pruning, planting, tree and site selection, utility arboriculture, and a tour of municipal forestry operations. (October 11-13 at the Hilton Vancouver Convention Center in Vancouver, WA, and other field sites in the Portland-Vancouver metro region)
  • Session 3: Management: 2 days’ worth of instruction covering days of principles and practices for managing trees such as ordinance development, tree inventory, management planning, and strategies to advance your urban forestry program. (November 8-10 at the Oregon Garden Resort and Conference Center in Silverton, OR)
Each Session will also require pre- and post-work in the form of readings, videos, presentations and participation in group discussions online. The tuition fee includes course materials, instruction, some meals, and transportation for the Session 2 field tour. Travel to-and-from each session, some meals and lodging costs will not be covered by tuition, although each facility will have a block of rooms available at government per diem rates. Individuals who are actively engaged in urban and community forestry management in Oregon and Washington are eligible for CTMI. The course will be limited to 30 participants; applications from municipal and other public employees will take precedence. ISA Certified Arborists in attendance will be eligible for continuing education units. Visit for registration and other info. I am also happy to answer any questions you may have about the course. Thank you for considering the 2016 Community Tree Management Institute. 

2017-2019 State Heritage Capital Projects Grant: Materials and Workshops Now Available

Tribal and local government leaders and planners may be aware of historic preservation capital projects within their capital facilities plans and elsewhere in their communities. These projects may be eligible for state funding!

The Washington State Historical Society is proud to announce the next application cycle of the Heritage Capital Projects Program. The Grant Application for the 2017-2019 biennium and the 2017-2019 Application Workshop Schedule are available below. Six free three-hour Grant Application Workshops are planned for March and April 2016, and completed Grant Applications will be due May 19, 2016.

Through the competitive Heritage Capital Projects (HCP) grant program, the state provides up to ten million dollars each biennium to reimburse up to 33.33% of the eligible costs of selected heritage capital projects; and, grantees must provide at least 66.67% match. Applicants may request a minimum HCP grant of $7,500.00 and no more than $750,000.00. To meet the legislative intent of the HCP, applicants must demonstrate significant public benefit in the form of heritage interpretation and preservation, involve property that will be held a minimum of 13 years beyond the completion of the project and have the capacity and readiness to undertake and complete their capital project by June 30, 2019.

The 2017-2019 HCP Grant Application and Guidelines, and the Application Workshop schedule are posted on the HCP webpage at