National Community Planning Month

The achievements of planning are celebrated in October with National Community Planning Month. The annual observation kicks off with the announcement of APA's Great Places in America.

2018 Planning Month Theme

Housing as Community Infrastructure

This year's theme — Housing as Community Infrastructure — highlights the importance of housing as part of our community fabric, and underscores the critical role planning plays in delivering the housing and communities the nation needs.

Get Ready

We've made it easy to educate elected officials, media, and the public about the role planning plays in creating the spaces communities love most.

Use these resources to tell your planning story this October.

Planning Month Resource Hub

Get Inspired

2016 and 2017 were banner years for Planning Month. Here's a look at all of the ways in which planners educated community members and influencers about the value of planning:

Tell Us Your Planning Impact Stories

We want to know: How is planning benefiting your community? Email us your stories at and we'll help you celebrate your successes all October long.

Planning a community tour, meeting, or other special event to mark the occasion? Let us know. We've got the resources to help you prepare!