APA is committed to promoting equitable communities. This robust collection of resources — from on-demand education and research reports to magazine articles and podcasts — provides a framework for smart, inclusive growth.

The following resources are available online from APA.

Policy Guides and Frameworks

APA's policy guides represent the collective thinking of our members on positions of both principle and practice. They represent APA's official position on issues central to building equitable, inclusive communities of lasting value.

A new APA policy guide on social equity and inclusive growth and an update to our existing policy guide on redevelopment are under way. All APA members are invited to participate in their development.

Aging in Community

Community and Regional Food Planning

Historic and Cultural Resources


Neighborhood Collaborative Planning

Smart Growth

KnowledgeBase Collections

You can search APA's KnowledgeBase for resources that provide background, policy guidance, and examples of local plan recommendations and zoning standards for senior housing from across the country. And you can filter these search results by various geographic and demographic characteristics.

Food Systems

Group Housing

Housing an Aging Population

Social Service Uses

The Benefits of Compact, Mixed-Use Development


Beyond Mobility: Transportation's Role in Achieving Community Outcomes

Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas

The American Planning Association's Burnham Forum series examines the trends, challenges, and opportunities that will shape America's communities over the next half century.

In "Prosperity Playbook: Strategies for Inclusive Growth," speakers challenged audience members to consider how expanding affordable housing and economic opportunity through planning leads to greater opportunity for all:

In "Pursuing Inclusive Growth: Place-Based Strategies for Economic Growth, Social Mobility, and Housing Affordability," journalist and Washington Post Wonkblog writer Emily Badger moderated a discussion on how to achieve a vision of inclusive growth for the nation's cities and communities:


"Planning for Equitable Development: Social Equity by Design." PAS Memo, March/April 2017

"Planning and Fair Housing." PAS QuickNotes, February 2017.

"Zoning to Improve Health and Promote Equity." Zoning Practice, March 2017


"A Need for Speed" from Planning's October 2017 issue investigates how planners can close the digital divide by delivering high-speed broadband to everyone.

"The People's Way" from Planning's September 2017 issue spotlights inclusive planning in Native American communities.

"Infrastructure of Opportunity" from Planning's July 2017 issue is a case study of Chattanooga, Tennessee, where planners are making sure progress doesn't leave people behind.

"Immigrant City" from Planning's June 2017 issue looks at some best practices in planning for Rust Belt immigrant communities.

"Connecting the Dots" from Planning's April 2017 issue considers equity issues in linking bike share with transit.

"Great Places with an Eye for Equity," a June 2016 post on APA's blog, highlights five Great Places in America that exemplify the power of planning for equity.

"Triple Aim of Health Equity," a June 2016 post on APA's blog, breaks down The Institute for Health Care's tips for improving health equity.

On-Demand Education

Building Transportation Equity: Innovations in Practice

Plan4Health: Partnering for Equity

Planning and Governing for Racial Equity