As members of the American Planning Association, planners serve the public interest. Planning is also a diverse profession, bringing expertise on a wide variety of subjects. APA Florida’s legislative program aims to harness all the planning profession offers into a resource that is an asset to the Legislature. It is the goal of the APA Florida legislative program to educate elected officials on planning issues and advocate for excellence in planning by providing expert review of legislative proposals as well as advocate for issues based on our adopted Legislative Platform. APA Florida members add value to legislative deliberations and creditability to APA Florida as a resource and statewide network of planning professionals.
APA Florida’s legislative program also provides numerous resources to chapter members to help them learn about major policy shifts at the state level and to follow planning related legislation through the legislative session. Throughout the Legislative Session, APA Florida provides numerous resources to planners. These include:
- Public Policy Workshop – A one day workshop on statewide policy and key issues that are expected to arise during the upcoming session
- Session Summary – summary of major planning related bills passed during the session
- Bill Tracking Reports – Listing of planning related bills that is updated weekly during the Legislative Session;
- Legislative Reporter – APA Florida’s electronic newsletter on legislative issues; sent out during the legislative session
APA Florida’s Legislative Platform represents the Chapter’s views on professional planning issues especially related to the State’s annual Legislative Session. The Legislative Platform is adopted annually by the members. It guides the work of the Chapter’s Legislative Policy Committee, Executive Committee, Executive Director and Legislative Representative in advocating for legislation consistent with the Legislative Platform.