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.

Community members attending a meeting

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:

Eastern Planners’ Forum

Winter Planners’ Forum
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Virtual Meeting
Click for the current Agenda (PDF)

Register here – Zoom Link
Current and past forum materials.
Click on the following link to see a recording of the Fall 2023 EA Planners’ Forum.

Eastern Forum CM credits:

Northwest Planners’ Forum

Winter Planners’ Forum
Thursday, February 8, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Click for the current Agenda (PDF)
In-person meeting with registration.
Current and past forum materials (PDF).
Click on the following link to see a recording of the Fall 2023 NW Planners’ Forum.

Northwest Forum CM credits:

Peninsula Planners’ Forums

Summer Planners’ Forum
Thursday, August 17, 2023
Click for the current Agenda (PDF)
Current and past forum materials.

Peninsula Forum CM credits:

Southwest Planners’ Forums

Winter Planners’ Forum –CANCELLED
Current and past forum materials.
Click on the following link to see recordings of recent SW forums: Fall 2023 Vimeo
 and Summer 2023 Vimeo.

Southwest Forum CM credits:

Planners' Forums on Equity and Inclusion

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.