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:
We are thrilled to have you visit our division’s website. The Federal Planning Division (FPD) was founded in 1986 to focus on programs that protect and enhance federal properties and improve the lives of individuals who live on, work on, and/or use federal lands and facilities. The membership is diverse, with over 900 members, including employees of many U.S. federal agencies and contractors, planners from communities within federal installations, and several international members. We hope you continue to find us a welcoming and engaging organization. There are many opportunities to get involved, including:
- The 2021 Federal Planning Division Training Workshop, Full Steam Ahead: Putting Resiliency to the Test, was held virtually from May 11-13, 2021. This is the premier training and networking opportunity for federal planners. Participants heard from agency representatives, consultants, and experts about recent federal projects and emerging trends. Check out the workshop website page for updates.
- Publication of our newsletter to share best practices in federal planning. Contact our communications coordinator, Rena Schlachter at to submit an article for publication.
- FPD’s webinar series and the Planning Webcast Series. These are easy and free ways that our members can earn AICP CM credits.
- FPD’s AICP training seminar. This event will help you obtain your professional certification by connecting you with valuable training content and members who are studying for the May test. If you are interested in attending FPD’s AICP training seminar this spring, please contact our professional development officers, Nikki Boler and Blake Norton.
- Student mentorship program. Mentor a future federal planner by being matched with a student or group of students by contacting FPDProgramSubmittals@gmail.com.
- Frequent communications. Connect with other members and find opportunities at our social media sites: LinkedIn and Facebook
Thank you for your commitment to federal planning. Should you have any questions or suggestions about FPD activities, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Andrew Wright AICP, PMP
Federal Planning Division Chair