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Volume LII , Issue 20

December 8, 2023

A Fresh Conversation with Chad Eiken 

APA WA President 

Could you give us a brief overview of your professional background and what led you to the field of planning?

I currently serve as the Community Development Director for the City of Vancouver, and I have been in that role for the past 11 years. I came to the City of Vancouver from Ithaca, New York in 1992 where I was a planner, after being fortunate enough to land an associate land use planner job right after The GMA went into effect.

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Pass the AICP Exam in 2024!

Learn More About the AICP Exam

Have you been thinking about taking the AICP exam? There’s no time like the present! Check out the One Path to AICP ( website to find out what is involved. View the link below to check out some highlights. 

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End-of-Year CM Catch-up

Have You Earned All Your Credits?

December 31, 2023, marks the end of another Certification Maintenance (CM) reporting period. As you know, you need 32 credits, including 1.0 each in law, ethics, equity, and sustainability & resilience.   

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Urban Planning Conferences

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Attending urban planning conferences is a great way to introduce students to the profession. This past year, dozens of Western Washington University Urban Planning students have attended the Washington American Planning Association (WA APA) conference in Vancouver, WA (Fall 2022), the National Planning Conference in Philadelphia (April 2023), and the WA APA in Spokane, WA (Fall 2023).

End-of-Year Message

To an Amazing Year!

As we approach the end of 2023, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and involvement in our chapter. It has been a challenging year for many of us, but also a rewarding one as we witnessed the resilience and innovation of our planning community. 

                                Trivia Question

Which of the following is a new mandatory element added to the Growth Management Act (GMA) comprehensive plan in 2023? 

A. Solar Energy
B. Climate Change and Resiliency
C. Ports
D. Recreation

The answer to last issue's trivia question: D. Redmond  


Save the Date for the APA WA 2024 Annual Conference 


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