History of Planning

History of APA California Chapter

The American Planning Association California Chapter has a long proud history. It is the professional association that represents California urban planners and related practitioners.  Its origin dates back to 1933 with the formation of the California Planners Institute.  The present APA California Chapter was formalized as a professional organization in 1947 with the merger of the California Planners Institute and American Institute of Planners. The planning issues facing California have changed dramatically with each successive decade, and APA California has been on the forefront of tackling these issues and promoting good planning throughout the state. APA California now has over 4,500 members and is the larger Chapter among all of the state chapters that make up the national American Planning Association.

Click on: APA California Celebrates 60 Years of Accomplishments by Betty Croly, FAICP, Chapter Historian and Steven A. Preston, FAICP, Anniversary Event Chair to read about the early beginnings of the APA California Chapter.

The Northern Section was formed in the 1950s as one of the three original sections of APA California. APA California now has eight sections, and the Northern Section is the largest with over 1,400 members. The Northern Section encompasses a diverse geographic area covering the coastal areas from the Oregon border to Monterey Bay and includes all nine counties in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The APA California Chapter Historian Program researches the history of planning in California as seen through the unique perspective of APA California planners, then uses that research to educate, illuminate, and inform the progress of the planning profession in California. The Northern Section Historian participates in the program to preserve the rich history of the Chapter and Northern Section. For more information, go to the webpage for the Chapter Historian Program, see our Section Archives page or contact Juan Borrelli, AJCP, Section Historian at juan,borrelli@sanjoseca.gov.



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