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October is National Community Planning Month

2017-09-20 16:17:27

What is National Community Planning Month?

The American Planning Association (APA) has developed a model proclamation to recognize the work of citizen and professional planners in communities across the country.  To download a draft proclomation for your community, click here.
Established in 2006, National Community Planning Month is celebrated each October as a way to highlight the role of planners and the importance of good planning in our communities. Across the country, communities celebrate planning through a variety of avenues including have a mayoral proclamation declaring October as community planning month; planning department open houses; community tours; or photo contests. Planning is essential for our communities to prosper and maintain balance and cohesiveness.

Each year, a theme is identified to help a community plan highlight an aspect or outcome of planning. The theme can be used to organize events and activities within the community. This year, the theme is civic engagement. The theme underscores the necessity of engaging the public, elected officials and key leaders in discussions that shape the future of our cities. Thoughtful, local planning cannot happen without meaningful civic engagement.

Click here to read a proclamation from from Gov. Tom Wolf.