Northwest Section




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NW Section Bylaws (adopted by NW Section members at the April 18, 2017 Planner's Forum


Northwest Section President: Brad Johnson with the City of Burlington

Northwest Section Vice-President: Katie Bunge with WSDOT Burlington, WA


The NW Section Board of Directors are volunteers who work on behalf of APA Washington members who work and reside in Whatcom, Skagit, Island, and San Juan Counties. The NW Section works with the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association, the Planning Association of Washington, and the Washington State Department of Commerce.

The NW Section organizes and hosts quarterly Planners' Forums that include:

  • Informal discussions about local issues, sharing of ideas, and providing updates from state and federal agencies whose work may influence local planning efforts;
  • Presentations provided by professionals on a variety of planning subjects;
  • Certification Maintenance (CM) credits through the American Institute of Certified Planners for AICP credentialed planners and advanced certificate planners (Environmental [CEP], Transportation [CTP], and Community Urban Design [CUD]);
  • Anyone who wishes to participate.

With the advent of remote meetings in the workplace, people have found this new approach to be helpful and convenient. While it's important for our members to be able to interact, mentor, and learn from one another, the Northwest Section is considering a few remote meetings in the future.

If you are interested in becoming more involved in the NW Section leadership or organization, please send us an email at [email protected].