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The Southwest Section is committed to promoting sound planning practices based on ethical principles to help the community improve its quality of life, realize its goals, and secure its future.

Upcoming Events

  • Urban Activism - Volunteers Needed: September 29 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Our SW Section will be taking over a Habitat for Humanity build site for the day. Please contact Sarah Fox with any questions and to sign up for the event.    
  • Planner’s Tour of the Port of Kalama. October 11th 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Following the tour, join us at the new McMenamins Kalama Harbor Lodge (5:00 – 6:00 p.m.)
  • SW WA Planners Forum: October 17th 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.
    • “Deep Dive into SEPA”. We will have an interactive session on how to update SEPA ordinances and use SEPA effectively.
    • Presenter: Annie Szvetecz
    • Location: City of Longview Training Room - City Hall (1525 Broadway St., Longview, WA 98632)
  • General Membership Meeting: October 17 12:00pm - Following the SW WA Planners Forum (Location to be announced.) Lunch will be provided to those who join us!
  • Executive Board Meetings
    • September 19 12:00 p.m. - Lunch meeting (Location TBD)
    • November 21 12:00 p.m. - Conference Call
    • December 19 5:30 p.m. - Happy hour (Location TBD)

Also, keep up-to-date and connect with us on Facebook!

Section Bylaws

The bylaws are the organizing and operating protocols for the SW Section. The most recent version was unanimously voted for approval on July 18, 2018.

Strategic Plan

The Southwest Section exists to support our members, to advance the planning profession and to make communities great. The Strategic Plan includes prioritized goals, strategies and actions items to be accomplished over a two-year period.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors meets for a conference call on the third Wednesday of every month at 12:00 p.m. except for January, April, July, and October when the Board meets at 12 noon at the SW Planners Forum (location varies).

Conference Call-Instructions: (513) 386-0000. Participant Access Code: 1024669#.
Executive Board email: [email protected]

President Sarah Fox, AICP
City of Camas
(360) 817-1562 ext. 4269
[email protected]
President-Elect Patrick Sweeney, AICP

Toole Design Group
(503) 205-4607 xt. 331
[email protected]

Immediate Past-President Amanda Smeller  
Treasurer Jocelyn Cross Olson Engineering
(360) 695-1385
[email protected]
Secretary Sam Rubin BergerABAM
(360) 823-6115
[email protected]
Clark County Representative Gary Albrecht, AICP
Clark County
(360) 397-2280 ext. 4318
[email protected]
Cowlitz County Representative

Jason Lugo 

 Cowlitz County 

360-577-3052 xt. 6677 
[email protected]

Skamania County Representative Ben Shumaker City of Skamania
(509) 427-5970
[email protected]
Education Coordinator VACANT  
Professional Development Co-Chair

Nick Fazio

Cowlitz County
360-577-3052 x6664
[email protected]

Professional Development Co-Chair

Judith Perez

(360) 905-2053
[email protected]

Communications Officer Don Hardy BergerABAM
(360) 823-6115
[email protected]
Legislative Liaison Brian Carrico BergerABAM
(360) 823-6122
[email protected]