About APA Wisconsin

Our Mission

The American Planning Association and its chapters provide leadership through citizen and professional planners in the development of vital and sustainable communities by advocating excellence in community planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools necessary to effect positive change. To this end, the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-WI) shall dedicate its resources to:


Increase awareness and involvement in community issues and the planning process, in our membership and in our communities.


Provide and contribute to public forums for teaching, exchanging information, sharing professional experience regarding planning issues, and develop/promote legislative and policy issues. Promote the capacity of our members to be leaders on planning issues.


Protect the practice of the planning profession. Continue to transform the profession to stay at the forefront of sound planning practices and principles.

Public Participation

Promote meaningful opportunities in the decision-making processes based on informed and engaged community participation.


The Chapter holds an annual membership meeting during its conference.  Members are always welcome to attend chapter Board meetings, which will be announced on the Events calendar.

The governance of the Chapter is managed by a seventeen member board, including a small number of non-voting members.

The Chapter complies with the minimum performance standards of the American Planning Association.  It develops a Chapter Plan and annual Action Plans to carry out the mission of the organization.  The Chapter Bylaws, Chapter Plan, and annual Action Plan are published on the Governance Documents page.