The Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA Minnesota) is a non-profit statewide organization of over 900 planning professionals, educators, local officials and planning commissioners who are involved in planning-related activities on behalf of state and regional agencies, counties, cities, towns, educational institutions and the private sector.
Planning involves the use of many tools, including economic and demographic analysis, natural and cultural resource evaluation, goal-setting, visioning and strategizing.
Besides being the only profession specially trained to look at how these elements fit together, planners bring something more. Planners can offer options so communities & citizens can achieve their vision of the future.
Citizen Planner Handbook Now Available Online
An invaluable resource is now available on our website for free. The
Citizen Planner Handbook, an excellent reference tool for planning
commissioners, elected officials, engaged citizens and also planners, is now
available to download for free at our website.
The Citizen Planner Handbook contains information on commission bylaws,
findings of fact, parliamentary procedure, public hearings and board
orientation as well as introductions to comprehensive plans, zoning and
subdivision regulations in addition to many more topics.
Join the more than 275 APA Minnesota Chapter AICP Planners in earning your AICP credential. Representing 40% of total APA Minnesota Chapter membership, AICP Certified Planners have demonstrated to their employers and communities their commitment to high standards of professional practice and a mastery of the theories and tools of planning. Applications are currently being accepted for the November 4th to 18th testing windows. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible to maximize the amount of time they have for test preparations. Submission by the June 18th early bird application window will receive early notification of their application status. In addition, early bird applicants who are denied have the opportunity to revise their application before the final application deadline according to the advice provided in their denial letter. Those who cannot make the early bird deadline still have a plenty of time to apply before the July 30th final application deadline.