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Calendar of Events

  • Planners' Day
    February 13, 2018
    7:00 - 10:00 AM
    Arizona State Capitol, Rose Garden

  • Save the Date!
    AICP Exam Prep Workshop
    March 2, 2018
    Maricopa County Flood Control District

  • 2018 Land Use Law Workshop
    June 1, 2018
    Doubletree by Hilton, Tempe

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    2018 APA Arizona State Planning Conference
    November 7-9, 2018, Flagstaff

What's Hot in Arizona Planning?

The 7th Edition of Arizona Land Use Law is finally here!

Below is the link to order the book online:

Arizona Land Use Law, 7th Ed. 2017

2017 State Planning Conference Awards Recipients

Congratulations to the 2017 awards recipients. The awards were handed out at the 2017 APA Arizona Conference awards luncheon held October 26, 2017 at the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center at Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.

Click here for a full list of the award winners.

2017 Planning Partner Sponsorship Program

The American Planning Association, Arizona Chapter has decided to transition its annual conference sponsorship program to an annual chapter sponsorship program. We would like to invite you to participate in the 2017 Planning Partner Sponsorship Program! The new annual program offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities at a number of attractive, affordable prices to suit your organization.

Please review the linked program and complete the sponsorship application today!

Your support of the American Planning Association, Arizona Chapter is greatly appreciated and will dedicate valuable support to the APA Arizona chapter in its efforts to realize its mission, vision and goals throughout the year.

Heat Mitigation Digital Toolkit

Click here to download the Heat Mitigation Digital Toolkit

Arizona Planning and APA Milestones

Check out these milestones in the history of the APA Arizona Chapter.


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The Successful Communities Online Toolkit information exchange (SCOTie) is a repository of best practices and resources from model western communities created by Western Lands and Communities, a joint venture of Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Sonoran Institute. At its foundation, SCOTie combines years of planning experience and recognized leadership in capacity building, planning and visioning efforts of the Sonoran Institute with the expertise of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. SCOTie empowers planners and community advocates with tools to make important changes in their communities.


Proposition 207

Proposition 207 (Private Property Protection Act) is billed as a measure to fix perceived eminent domain abuses as a result of the United States Supreme Court decision (Kelo v. City of New London, Connecticut). In reality this is an issue about "regulatory takings," a legal concept relating to regulation of property that has been appropriately guided by Supreme Court decisions since 1922. This issue is too complex to address with a sledge-hammer approach that will surely create a whole new series of problems, problems that cannot be addressed, changed or fixed without yet another amendment at the ballot or costly litigation. Once approved, propositions cannot be amended by the Legislature. In the future a new proposition will need to be passed to fix the problems/issues that arise.

In its simplest form, Prop 207 mandates that cities, towns, counties and the state pay a property owner for any reduction in value of private property as a result of a newly approved "land use law." Yes, any reduction, no matter how small will require compensation. Land use law in this case is "any statute, rule, ordinance, resolution or law enacted by this state or a political subdivision of this state that regulates the use or division of land or any interest in land or that regulates accepted farming or forestry practices." There are exclusions for laws that are enacted for public health and safety purposes, limitations concerning public nuisances, regulations concerning illegal drugs, liquor, pornography, nude or topless dancing; utilities; regulations not directly impacting an owner's land; and regulations enacted prior to the adoption of the initiative.

The Arizona Planning Association is a supporter of private property rights and advocates for the balanced and reasonable regulation of property to create a good quality of life for all residents of Arizona. Proposition 207 is not consistent with that guiding principle and as such the Chapter is devoting resources to oppose Proposition 207.

In the interest of professional education (on the potential impacts of Prop 207), please download the additional materials below.

Proposition 207 Fact Sheet

Proposition 207 Impacts

You can find additional information at the below websites:

www.noprop207.org (group opposing Prop. 207-AzPA is a member of this group)

www.thinkaz.org (an independent, non-partisan research institute)

www.planning.org (National Takings Movement Information)

An excellent PowerPoint presentation has been created and will be very useful in your efforts related to Preposition 207. Download here.

If you have any questions or desire additional information, please contact Alan Stephenson at (602) 790-3132 or alan.stephenson@hotmail.com

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