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Volume XXXVII, Issue 4

July 8, 2022

President's Message

I hope everyone is having a great start to summer. The APA board is working hard on its favorite summertime activity: planning an engaging, informative, and fun chapter conference. At the June 17 board meeting, we heard updates on several important aspects of a great conference. 

Read the Full President's Message

Annual Awards for Excellence in Planning

Nomination Deadline Extended to July 15!

There is still time to submit your nominations for the 2022 APAW/Paw Awards. For the 36th year, the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-WA) and the Planning Association of Washington (PAW) will jointly honor outstanding contributions to the field of planning in Washington State

Submit A Nomination

APA WA 2022 Conference

October 11 – 13, 2022 | Vancouver, Washington
Hilton Vancouver Hotel 

The 2022 conference theme will be Keep Calm and Plan On in recognition of the many emerging challenges in our communities that planners are dealing with - addressing housing supply and affordability, promoting inclusion and equity goals, implementing transportation policies that benefit all users, and advancing climate change resilience strategies to name a few...all in a time of broader societal discord. Registration will open soon. 

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News Flash! The Student Scholarship Auction is BACK!!

                                       By Steve Butler, FAICP

After a long hiatus, the APAWA Student Scholarship Auction is coming back and will be held at the 2022 Chapter Conference in Vancouver. The Auction will benefit students at Washington's three Planning Advisory Board-accredited Planning schools. The Auction Committee members are already hard at work, and we need your help to find auction items 

Read More About the Student Scholarship Auction 


Bellevue Skyline from Mt Baker Beach

By John Owen, artist 

John Owen is an artist, urban designer, architect, planner, and storyteller. He is a Partner Emeritus at MAKERS Architecture and Urban Design. As a keen observer of built and natural environments, John has spent his career creating transformative urban spaces that foster healthy people and communities.

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Youth In Planning (YIP) Task Force

Edgewood Experience Case Study by Evan Hietpas

Youth can provide unique and fresh voices to the dialogue about creating great places, yet they are often overlooked when communities undertake visioning and planning work about their futures. That’s where the APA-WA Chapter’s Youth in Planning (YIP) Task Force comes in!

Read More About YIP Task Force


2022 Edgewood Experience

The Edgewood Experience is an immersive educational program for local high school students founded
in 2021. The program will last for six weeks from July 12th to August 18th. The program will be held on
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM.

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New Study: Data Shows New Housing and Tenant Protections Are Still Not Enough

In a study by the Urban Displacement Project and the Changing Cities Research Lab, we assembled a unique data set analyzing the nine-county Bay Area region over the past 20 years. This data set allows us to examine two simple questions: When we build new market-rate housing in a neighborhood, what happens to existing residents? Also, when we enact tenant protections to protect those residents, what happens?

Read More About Housing and Tenant Protection 

Upcoming Events

SW Section Board Meeting

Wednesday, July 6 | 5:00 PM PDT

Urban Activism + Summer Social 

Saturday, July 9 | 9:30 AM –11:30 AM PDT

View the Full Calendar

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

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