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.
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
Regional Planners’ Forums
Sea-Tac Airport Effects Study
Short Course on Local Planning
Submitting Materials to the State for Review
All Sections’ December Planners’ Forum
Monday, December 7th, 9:30-11:00 am – Virtual Meeting
Topic: Update on Growth Management Hearings Board Cases, Agenda with Zoom registration
Hosted by the Peninsula
Monday, February 22nd, 1-5 pm – Virtual Meeting
Topic: Housing, Agenda with Zoom registration
Hosted by the Eastern Washington
Wednesday, January 27th, 1-3:30 pm– Virtual Meeting
Topics: Shrubsteppe Management, Clean Energy Siting, and WSDOT Active Transportation Plan, Agenda with Zoom registration, Link to the forum recording
Matt Ojennus, Senior Planner
Ben Serr, 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.
All other past Regional Planning Forums can be accessed in the box below.