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Have a Best Practice? Want to Share? The PA Chapter of APA wants to share your success stories with others. Send us your best practices – planning, zoning, development, open space, housing, economic development, trails, whatever it might be – and we’ll evaluate it for adding to our website.

Want to get involved but not sure how?  We need planners to help evaluate best practice submittals to see if they should be shared with everyone and put on our website. If interested, contact Brian O’Leary at boleary@chesco.org.

APA PA Orientation Guide

posted on December 22nd, 2020  |  Read more

This guide is for new members and those thinking about joining the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association. Orientation Guide

Helpful Links

posted on December 20th, 2018  |  Read more

Below are helpful website links to Cities & Townships; Counties, Regional Planning Agencies; State Agencies; Professional organizations; National & International organizations; and other organizations. If you would like to be listed below please send an email to info@planning.org.     CITIES / TOWNSHIPS Philadelphia Pittsburgh Allentown Bethlehem Chester Cranberry Township Easton Ferguson Township Lower Merion Township   

Rudy Bruner Award: SteelStacks Arts & Cultural Campus

posted on November 7th, 2018  |  Read more

SteelStacks Arts & Cultural Campus 2017 Rudy Bruner Award – Gold Medalist Transformation of a former steel plant into a mixed-use cultural and entertainment district SteelStacks Arts and Cultural Campus repurposed an abandoned industrial site in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to create an arts and entertainment district. Embracing the city’s past, SteelStacks integrates historic steel-making structures – including   

Downtown Upper Darby Vision Plan

posted on November 6th, 2018  |  Read more

2018 Certificate of Merit Downtown Upper Darby Vision Plan Delaware County Planning Department The Downtown Upper Darby Vision Plan is a long-range vision plan developed through community outreach to help guide future improvements. It builds on recent efforts and current momentum in the community to encourage incremental steps to move larger efforts to fruition. The   

1958 Speech at the Annual Conference

posted on November 6th, 2018  |  Read more

The Master Plan-Its Importance and Its Implementation A speech from the 1958 Annual Conference given by Hugh R. Pomeroy, Director Westchester County (NY) Department of Planning delivered at the Pennsylvania Planning Association Annual Meeting and Local Government Conference on Planning in Philadelphia, PA November 14, 1958 The Master Plan-Its Importance and Its Implementation

Philadelphia2035 Comprehensive Plan

posted on October 31st, 2018  |  Read more

2018 Award for Special Achievement Philadelphia2035 Comprehensive Plan Philadelphia City Planning Commission Philadelphia2035 is the official vision for the future of the city’s development, the first written comprehensive plan since the 1960 plan under the directorship of Edmund Bacon. Philadelphia2035 is the culmination of research, outreach, collaboration, and planning with multiple partners and stakeholders. Over   

My Meadville

posted on October 31st, 2018  |  Read more

2018 Award for a Project, Program or Practice My Meadville My Meadville My Meadville is a community-based initiative that helped the City of Meadville in Crawford County devise a plan for the city’s future.  My Meadville used the Orton Community Heat & Soul process grounded in storytelling, discussion of shared values, and collaboration towards positive