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​The Planners’ Forums are held quarterly in four regions of the state according to the following schedule in each of the months of January, April, July and October:
  • Northwest Washington Planners’ Forums are held on the third Wednesdays
  • Peninsula Planners’ Forums are held on the third Thursdays
  • Southwest Washington Planners’ Forums are held on the third Thursdays
  • Eastern Washington Planners’ Forums are held on the fourth Wednesdays



Washington's Regional Planners' Forums

The Washington State Department of Commerce, the Planning Association of Washington and the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association collaboratively present the Regional Planners' Forums. 
Planners’ Forums offer a unique opportunity – at no charge – for planners, planning commissioners, elected officials, and community members to talk informally about local issues, to share ideas, and to receive updates from state and federal agencies whose work may create impacts to land use.  The Planners’ Forums also satisfy requirements for credentialed planners toward professional development through advanced-level presentations provided by professionals on an array of timely and relevant planning subjects. Registration is not necessary for this daytime training.
NEW:  Critical Areas Workshop - Latest on update on laws and science on critical areas.
See posted below the document links for the Critical Areas Workshop handouts at the Northwest Planners' Forum, Thursday, April 28, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Skagit Public Utility District, 1415 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Current Regional Planners' Forum Schedule


Eastern Washington Planners' Forum
Contact: Dee Caputo,  Senior Planner,  Phone: 509-389-1291
Dates for 2016:  Dates for 2016:  January 27, April 27, July 27, October 26 - Scheduled for 4th Wednesday of each quarter.

Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.
Big Bend Community College
ATEC Bldg. #1800 - near library
7662 Chanute Street NE
Moses Lake, WA

Forum Agenda with directions and map


Northwest Washington Planners' Forum
Contact: Anthony Boscolo, Senior Planner   Phone: 360-725-3062​
2016 Forum Dates: January  21,  April 28, July 21, October 20

Date:  Thursday, April 28, 2016
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
New: Location:
Skagit Public Utility District
1415 Freeway Drive
Mount Vernon, WA  98273

Forum Agenda with directions and map


Case Law Handout
Case Law Presentation
CAO Guidance Presentation
CAO Handout 1
CAO Handout 2
Wetland Handout
Wetland Presentation
Frequently Flooded Areas Handout
Frequently Flooded Areas Presentation
FWHCA Handout
FWHCA Presentation
Aquifer Recharge Presentation
GeoHazardous Areas Presentation

Peninsula Planners' Forum
Contact: Paul Johnson, Senior Planner,  Phone: 360-725-3048
2016 Forum Dates: January  21,  April 21, July 21, October 20


The Spring Peninsula Planners' Forum has been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts and local update deadline. Please check back for information on the summer forum.

Forum Agenda and Directions


Southwest Washington Planners' Forum
Contact: Matt Ojennus, Senior Planner, Phone 360-725-4047
2016 Forum Dates: January  21,  May 5, July 21, October 20

Date: Thursday May 5, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Longview City Hall
1525 Broadway Street
Longview, WA  98632

Forum Agenda and Directions


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