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Volume XLVIII , Issue 16

August 8, 2023

                                        Piloting a Planning

Washington By and By Enters the Classroom

This past spring, students in several fourth-grade classrooms across Bellevue School District got their first taste of urban planning as teachers piloted a new curriculum designed to “build critical thinking, problem solving, and participatory skills to become engaged citizens.” 

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Safety Takes Center Stage: Insights from the PSRC
Regional Safety Summit

By Riya Debnath, Senior Consultant, Transportation Planner, WSP Global Inc., Seattle

On June 29th, the Seattle Convention Center was abuzz with energy and anticipation. Delegates from across the region had gathered for the inaugural Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Regional Safety Summit. 

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Southwest Section's Exploration:
Camas' Natural Wonders

The Southwest Section gathered in July to explore Round Lake and Lacamas Lake in Camas, WA. Lacamas Regional Park in Camas is a 312-acre park that offers residents of SW Washington a great place to hike, fish, and kayak. The recreational opportunities at the park and the growing population of Camas make the area around the lake an interesting location for current and long-range planning discussions.

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Professional Development 

AICP Reduced Fee Scholarship!

If you are interested in taking the AICP exam, please consider applying for the AICP Exam Reduced Fee Scholarship!  The scholarship criteria focus on diversity – defined by APA as encompassing, but not limited to race, ethnicity, class, gender, age, sexuality, ability, educational attainment, spiritual beliefs, creed, culture, tribal affiliation, nationality, financial status, immigration status, political beliefs, or veteran status, etc.

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APA Leadership Elections for National APA and

the Chapter

August 10

APA Leadership Elections for National APA and the Chapter will open on Thursday, August 10. Be sure to submit your ballots by September 8, 2023. The email will come from [email protected], so be sure to keep an eye out on your email inbox and check your spam folder (or make it a trusted source) in case that email gets rejected by your system.


           APA WA's Legislative Priorities Survey

Anish Tailor - Urban Planner, Toole Design Group  

If you have not already done so, please take the legislative priorities survey! It takes five minutes and will provide essential information about what APA WA members want the chapter to advocate for in Olympia. Survey responses provide the basis for the APA WA Legislative Priorities, which guide the chapter's comments on bills introduced in the 2024 session. Thank you in advance for your input!

                                  Trivia Question

Bellevue, Washington, is home to the second-largest city center in the state and is known for its rapid growth and development. Which of the following features is a major part of the city's urban planning efforts to make it a "city in a park"?  

A. An extensive network of bicycle lanes  
B. The Bellevue Botanical Garden 
C. The incorporation of green roofs on all new buildings  
D. A public art trail throughout the city 

*Find out the answer in the next issue.


The answer to last issue's trivia question: A. (The Waterfront Vancouver Project)


Register for APA WA 2023 Annual Conference!

Registration is open for the 2023 APA WA Annual Conference, Leading the Change: Ideas From Around the State. This year's conference will be held in Spokane, Washington, on October 11–13. While session details are being finalized, be sure to register and secure your spot soon, as space is limited. 


Interested in submitting an article for the next newsletter? 

Contact the APA WA Communications Committee! Email Riya Debnath and Ben Braudrick at [email protected].

Thank You to Our 2023 Sponsors

Annual Sponsor






Conference Sponsors 

American Planning Association, Washington Chapter

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