The 2018 Planner’s Forum Annual Report is now available. Sixteen forums were held, providing training for 437 attendees.

A Planners’ Forum offers 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 impact 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.

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. We are continuing with a virtual format for 2021 Planners’ Forums until future notice, and offering at least one shortened Forum per month, with a mix of topics to cover both regional and state-wide interest. See the Forum Schedule for more information.

For previous Agendas and Handouts for forums please see Past Regional Planning Forums section below. Within the blue box, files are located in the regional planners’ forum folder for each regional location.

Forum Schedule:

Hosted by the Peninsula 
Planners Forum
Thursday, October 21, 2-4:45 pm – Virtual Meeting
Topics: Equity and Alternative Transportation
Agenda with Zoom link 

Hosted by the Eastern Washington 
Planners Forum
Thursday, October 27, 9 am to noon – Virtual Meeting
Topics: Riparian Ecosystem Management, Shrubsteppe and Eastside Steppe, Planning in a University Town
Agenda with Zoom registration 


Hosted by the Northwest Section
Planners Forum
Fall Forum

Thursday, October 28, 8-11 am – Virtual Meeting
Equity & Planning for Economic Development
Agenda with Zoom Registration

Spring Forum Recording
Topic: Equity and Inclusion in Planning, Recording 

Hosted by the Southwest Section
Lunch and Learn
Thursday, October 21, 12-1 pm – Virtual Meeting
Topic: WSDOT’s 2022 Highway System Plan Update
Register here




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Northwest Washington
Valerie Smith, Senior Planner


Gary Idleburg, Senior Planner

Southwest Washington
Matt Ojennus, Senior Planner

Eastern Washington
Gen Dial, Senior Planner

Past Regional Planning Forums

Fall 2020 South Sound Section Planners Forum on Equity in Planning — On Monday, September 28, Commerce and the South Sound Section of APA-WA held an evening planners’ forum on “Integrating Equity in Planning”.  Alex Brennan, Executive Director of Futurewise, and Charles Patton, Equity Manager at the Puget Sound Regional Council, provided information on how their organizations are addressing equity and environmental justice into their planning work.

Watch the forum
Alex Brannan presentation
Charles Patton presentation

All other past Regional Planning Forums can be accessed in the box below.

WATCH VIDEO On July 27, 2016, Eastern Washington Planners Forum attendees celebrated a significant milestone – the successful 100th episode of the E WA PF. After acknowledging a great deal of hard work and committed effort by a roster of familiar and beloved planning colleagues during the last 26 years, we were honored by John de Graaf, award winning author, public TV filmmaker and inspirational speaker, who poked planners provocatively about the value of investing in personal and community time, health and happiness. Video – July 27, 2016 Eastern Washington Planners’ Forum celebrates its 100th session.