The American Planning Association - North Carolina Chapter (APA-NC) is an association of more than 1,400 professional and citizen planners working to preserve and create great places throughout North Carolina. APA-NC promotes equitable, healthy, and prosperous communities across North Carolina through professional planning leadership, advocacy, and education.

As a reminder, each submittal to APA-NC must provide all requested information to be considered for review.

For more information and details about APA-NC, please visit our website at

In 2019 the NC General Assembly passed a major overhaul of the state's planning and development regulations, referred to as NC General Statutes Chapter 160D. These new regulations included requirements for all NC communities with a development ordinance to update them (160D, Part I) to include new language, organization and some planning provisions. The deadline for these ordinance changes is July, 2021.

The 160D regulations also require communities with development ordinances to either update or prepare and adopt a comprehensive plan for that community (160D, Part II) no later than July, 2022. 

Referred to as NCPlan, APA-NC is coordinating with 160D-trained, volunteer professional planners in the state and the UNC School of Government, in an effort to match planners with communities requesting assistance in completing these state-mandated changes to the communities' existing or new comprehensive plans. This effort is to provide assistance to NC communities at no or very limited cost.

If you are a community seeking 160D comprehensive plan assistance or are a professional planner willing to volunteer to help provide such assistance to a NC community in need, please fill out this form in its entirety. 

This form must be completed in its entirety for all RFP/RFQ opportunities to be posted on the APA-NC website. 

There is no charge for advertising RFPs/RFQs on our website.

The 2021 North Carolina Planning Conference Committee is excited to announce that Session Proposals are now being accepted. This year our event will be presented as a hybrid conference. Sessions will be hosted virtually and in-person October 6-8 at the Durham Convention Center. 

Session organizers (both virtual and in-person) are not only encouraged to submit sessions that include current issues, trends, challenges, and solutions that are shaping planning today, but also proposals that center around our conference theme - Equity: Recognition & Reset.

When submitting proposals, organizers are reminded:

  • Session proposals will not be accepted unless all required information has been completed.
  • All session organizers must choose whether they would like to present their session virtually or in-person. Although in-person sessions may also be streamed virtually. 
  • For those session organizers and additional speakers that choose to participate in-person, we asked that they block out October 6-8 on their schedules until sessions are selected and time slots for those sessions are determined. APA-NC cannot take requests for specific dates and times.
  • All lecture sessions will be 60 minutes in length. Complete Lightning Round Sessions may have up to 4 mini-presentations (selected from separate proposals) that are assembled into a combined session of 60 minutes (15 minutes per topic, 1 speaker per topic). Workshops will be virtual and may take place prior to Oct. 6-8. Workshops should be approximately 1 - 1 1/2 hrs in length. 
  • Mobile Workshops must be at least 1 hour in length and no longer than 3 hours maximum.  Priority will be given to mobile workshops that are within walking/riding distance of the convention center to ensure social distancing guidelines.
  • Sessions proposals are reviewed based upon the following criteria: connection to conference theme, quality of the program proposal; contribution to the mission of the Chapter; content of program goals & outcomes; program delivery style; creativity.
  • No presenter is allowed to present in more than two (2) sessions.
  • Please note that you should receive an email notification after you have successfully submitted your form.
  • To ensure the safety of all conference participants during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will adhere to the Reopening Precautions set by the Durham Convention Center.

A complete list of Speaker Guidelines & Information will be posted on the conference webpage shortly.