The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for professional planners and planning officials, as well as other organizations and individuals interested in planning.
Approximately 2500 members strong, the Chapter works to promote planning at all levels of the Commonwealth through workshops, meetings, an annual conference, legislative monitoring and public awareness efforts. Members participate with various groups with shared values and goals.
Members receive information through a quarterly publication, The Vantage Point, and through regular updates on the website, and through Facebook, Twitter and e-mail blasts. In addition, the six sections of the Chapter provide local services to members and others through program meetings, local workshops and newsletters.
The Chapter is a partner of the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute (PMPEI), along with Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs. The Institute provides training to planning commission members, zoning officers and zoning hearing board members throughout Pennsylvania.
Chapter Membership Categories
Student: Starting July 2017, APA student membership will be free for any individual who is enrolled as a full- or part-time degree-seeking student in any college or university program. Membership will be free for the duration of an individual’s studies.”Free” includes national, chapter, AICP membership, as well as membership in up to five APA divisions. Student members will be eligible for two years of reduced dues after ending their students.
Emerging Professional: Entitled to one vote and all membership benefits. Emerging Professional will be in this category for the first 5 years and starting the 6th year will be moved to “Individual Professional” membership.
Emerging Professional – $52
Individual Membership: Entitled to one vote and all membership benefits.
Professional – $104
Citizen – $76
Non-Profit Organizations: Includes up to three (3) members, each of whom receives all membership benefits. Each organization designates one (1) voting member.
Non Profit – $79
Consultant: Includes up to seven (7) members, each of whom receives all membership benefits. Each organization designates (1) voting member.
Consultant – $254
Organizational Membership: Includes up to ten (10) members, each of whom receives all membership benefits.* Each organization designates one (1) voting member.
Municipalities over 100,000 – $254
Municipalities between 25,000-100,000 – $148
Municipalities between 2,000-24,999 – $102
Municipalities less than 2,000 – $80
Counties Classes 2, 2A, 3 – $254
Counties Classes 4 and 5 – $162
Counties Classes 6, 7, 8 – $127
Municipal Authorities – $79
Regional Authorities – $127
Joint County & Regional Agencies – $254
State Offices – $254
*Organizational Membership may add additional members from the same agency for $15.00 each to a maximum of 5 members.
Membership dues run by the calendar year (January through December). New members joining after March 31st should call the office (717-671-4510) for a prorated amount; if you are joining between January 1st through March 31st, you will pay the full dues amount.