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 moving to a virtual format for all future 2020 Planners’ Forums, 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 Box Regional Planning Forums folders listed below for each regional location.
Governor’s Smart Communities Awards Program
GMA Laws and Rules
GMA Periodic Update
Growth Management Grants
Growth Management Topics
Guidebooks and Resources
Defense Community Compatibility
Sea-Tac Airport Effects Study
Regional Planners’ Forums
Short Course on Local Planning
Submitting Materials to the State for Review
All Sections’ December Planners’ Forum
Monday, December 7, 9:30am-noon – Virtual Meeting
Topic: GMHB Update & Setting Up an Environmental Justice Committee, Agenda is forthcoming
Hosted by the Peninsula
Thursday, November 19, 1-4pm – Virtual Meeting
Topic: Climate Change Resiliency, Agenda
Hosted by the Eastern Washington
October 28 – Virtual Meeting
Topic: The Compatibility Energy Siting Assessment (CESA), Agenda
Hosted by the Northwest Section
Thursday, January 7th – Virtual Meeting
Topic: Growth Policy Framework Project, Agenda is forthcoming
Hosted by the Southwest Section
December – Virtual Meeting
Topic: TBD, Agenda is forthcoming
Matt Ojennus, Senior Planner
Ben Serr, Senior Planner
Fall South Sound Section Planners Forum
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.