Who we are Your Connection to the Federal Planning Community
Our Division is a community of professionals dedicated to supporting comprehensive planning and land management policies, techniques, and procedures for federal properties located within the United States and overseas. By focusing on planning and land management, our objective is to improve the quality of life for persons who live on, work on, and/or use federal lands and facilities; and to protect and enhance the value of federal properties for their designated purposes. We offer great opportunities to promote these topics within the field of planning and within the APA.
From the Chair
Hello Members and Friends of FPD:
Welcome to the Federal Planning Division (FPD) of the American Planning Association (APA). For over 35 years, FPD has built relationships and advanced Professional Planning within the Federal Government. We are committed to telling the Federal Planning message across the APA and the planning profession.
Following the theme of the 2022 Federal Planners' Training Workshop, we believe that we are "Better Together". The Division is focused on creating and conducting opportunities to network and learn. Federal Planners have been at the forefront of conversation and preservation and area leading planning for improved sustainability and resilience. The annual workshops and other events have created the platform for meeting these challenges and identifying opportunities to improve federal government practices and policies.
The FPD is committed to conducting the Federal Planners Training Workshop annually.
- As we are "Building Back Better," our 2023 event will be in San Diego 23-26 May. https://www.fpdworkshop.com/.
- In 2024, we are celebrating the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) Centennial. The FPD training workshop will honor the creation of the first federal planning organization with an extended event in Washington, D.C.
For many years the FPD Conference was connected to the APA's National Planning Conference (NPC). We intend to return to this practice in the near future to connect Federal Planners with the greater professional planning community.
Federal Planning Awards is a program that draws attention to the greatest achievements in the profession. Historically, we have honored the projects and programs that demonstrate the best planning for federal lands and agencies. In 2023, we launch an expansion to recognize the best Places, People, and Progress in Federal Planning. We are working to draw attention to the great achievements and inspire creativity and progress.
Our successes and our future are built on the efforts of volunteers that lead our organization and create the events and programs that are the FPD. I offer an invitation to all planners to get involved.
Wayne Hausser, PE, AICP
Federal Planning Division Chair