2021 request for proposals

The 2021 American Planning Association (APA) Virginia Chapter Annual Conference is the Chapter’s signature event. For our 51st Annual Conference, we will continue to offer a Conference Program that exemplifies the best of Virginia’s planning practice, theory, projects and persons.

The 2021 Conference theme is Innovation in Planning! This past year certainly has been different, where we have found ourselves learning to adapt to live “outside the norm.” We have been forced to do everything differently: how we live, work, and play. This year’s conference will focus on how we have had to adapt as planners from our work stations to how and what we plan. How has transportation, housing, economic development, social equity, public health, finances, etc. changed in the past year? How do all these factors affect communities and impact what planners do? Twenty first century plans must address these challenges and innovations to ensure the vision we establish for our communities remains viable and equitable. We want to hear from you and give you the opportunity to present your thoughts on how the pandemic has impacted the world of planning, how we approach development, our role as planners, and how will it affect the future – where do we go from here?



Friday, March 19

Questions or Comments? Please email chapter.affairs@apavirginia.com

2021 awards program

Every year, the American Planning Association’s Virginia Chapter honors and showcases the best in planning throughout the Commonwealth with its Awards Program, coinciding with our Annual Conference. The Awards Program recognizes the tireless work of individuals who bring great planning and places throughout Virginia. As a professional association, recognizing members and their high quality work is a core function of the Chapter. APA Virginia convenes a panel of peers each year for its Awards Committee representative of the profession’s depth and diversity to identify, acknowledge and promote great planning. Under this program, the Chapter strives to accomplish many objectives, including:

  • Helping Planners Plan, by highlighting best practices and inspiring our members;

  • Helping Virginia Plan, by promoting sound planning and decision-making in the Commonwealth;

  • Making Planning and Planners Matter, by promoting the value and enhancing the credibility of planners among elected and appointed officials, the public and related professions;

  • Meeting Membership Needs, by endorsing our members and their work;

  • Getting Planners Involved, by engaging volunteers to steer the awards committee and evaluate the work of their peers; and

  • Making Great Places Happen, by helping members and localities replicate and build on the success of others.

Submit all award nominations via email to awards@apavirginia.com no later than Friday, April 2, 2021. Award nominations will be reviewed in April, ranked, and then selected through the Chapter’s Awards Committee. Award winners will be notified by the Chapter no later than May 7, 2021 to ensure availability of award winners to attend the Awards Ceremony which takes place at the 2021 APA Virginia Annual Conference.

2020 virtual conference sponsors

Presenting Sponsors


virtual conference sponsors


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Chapter information

APA Virginia strives to provide ongoing professional development and engagement for its members and planners around the Commonwealth.

A list of available webinars, networking events and educational opportunities are always available online.

Your Hour with APA Virginia is APA Virginia's monthly webinar series, sponsored by The Berkley Group.  They occur the 4th Monday of every month from noon to 1pm.

Upcoming Webinars

Monday, March 22


Development and Implementation of a
Regional Environmental Strategic Plan


The role of Virginia’s planning district and regional commissions (PDCs) in environmental services has been growing with increased support from federal programs to provide technical assistance to member localities. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, administering federal funds for coastal zone management and water quality improvement programs, asks PDCs to prepare scopes of work for annual funding. If a PDC can conceptualize and implement technical assistance projects serving member localities and generate the required cash or in-kind match, it can bring federal funds to the region in a relatively simple process for non-competitive grants.

In 2020, the George Washington Regional Commission worked with stakeholders to develop a multi-year strategic plan for environmental management that responds to the needs of the local jurisdictions by aligning the goals of the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Improvement Program, local water quality studies and Implementation Plans, local floodplain management programs, and Virginia’s new coastal resilience program.

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