Planners' Forums​

The Planners’ Forums are a combined effort on behalf of Department of Commerce, the Planning Association of Washington, and the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association to educate and support planners throughout our state with new and important topics to planning.

The 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 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 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. 

Forum Schedule

Links will be updated as materials and zoom details are made available:

Hosted by the Eastern Washington Region
Summer Planners’ Forum
Wednesday, July 27, 2022 from 9-11:30 a.m.
Virtual Meeting
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Zoom Link
Current and past forum materials.

Hosted by the Northwest Region
Spring Planners’ Forum
Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 9-11:00 a.m.
Virtual Meeting
Click for the current agenda
Zoom Link
Current and past forum materials.

Hosted by the Peninsula Region
Summer Planners’ Forum
Next date and time to be announced
Virtual Meeting
Click for the current agenda. 
Zoom link
Current and past forum materials.

Hosted by the Southwest Region
Summer Planners’ Forum
Thursday, June 16, 2022 from 9-11:30 a.m.
Virtual Meeting
Click for the current agenda. 
Video recording of the summer forum.
Current and past forum materials.

Planners' Forums on Equity and Inclusion

Spring 2022 SW Planners’ Forum
Topic: Equity and Inclusion in Planning. Click here to watch a recording.

Fall 2021 NW 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 in their planning work. Click here to watch the forum.