Membership Committee

Membership Committee Chair: Karl Lisle


The Membership Committee assists the Board in maintaining open communication with all members, recruiting and retaining members.

Be part of an incredibly diverse group of professionals all working towards “making great communities happen.” It’s easy to join the American Planning Association! Our national organization maintains member records. To contact or join the APA/OAPA online click here.

1. Conferences and Workshops.

Oregon Chapter APA conferences and workshops bring the latest in theory and application to planning professionals, commission members, and citizens. The chapter workshops are held in a variety of locations around the state, cover a range of planning issues, and allow professional networking and camaraderie. Conference fees are reduced for chapter members.

2. Newsletter.

The Oregon Planners’ Journal is published every other month and sent to all chapter members. The newsletter provides up-to-date information regarding planning issues, land use law, events, and other subjects of interest to planners.

3. Legislative and Policy Action.

The Oregon Chapter’s progressive advocacy program offers members opportunities to participate in the state legislative process. The chapter’s Legislative program evaluates issues, identifies priorities, develops, then implements legislative strategies.

4. AICP Exam Preparation.

The chapter provides study materials and conducts an annual workshop preparing chapter members for the AICP exam.

5. Planning Commissioner Training.

The Oregon Chapter sponsors planning commissioner training courses teaching the essentials every planning commissioner should know from the basics of zoning to the complexities of land use hearing procedures.

6. Awards.

The Oregon Chapter recognizes the best of Oregon’s planners and planning projects.

7. Volunteer Opportunities.

The Oregon Chapter routinely benefits from the high degree of participation of its members. The Chapter encourages member participation in its diverse array of activities, including the Professional Development Committee, the Education Committee, the Oregon Visions Project, advocacy activities, conference planning, the awards process, the newsletter, and more.

8. Networking.

The Oregon Chapter’s conferences, workshops, newsletter, directory and volunteer activities provide vital links with others working in the planning field.

9. Chapter Only Membership.

The Oregon Chapter offers a chapter-only membership option at a rate significantly lower than full APA membership.

National and Chapter Membership

Includes full chapter membership; PLANNING magazine each month; support for APA’s lobbying and public information program; discounts on books and reports, national APA conferences and workshops, and group insurance programs.

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