The American Planning Association's New York Metro Chapter addresses planning issues that concern the physical, social, and economic environment in the metropolitan region encompassing New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley. The Chapter represents some 1,400 practicing planners and other people involved in the planning and design of the region's communities.


Arthur Kunz Memorial Scholarship Announcement

Deadline for Applications Extended Through February 6th!

Scholarships Available for New Planners working on Long Island and Planning Students from Long Island to Attend the APA National Conference in Seattle in April 2015 The Long Island Section of American Planning Association’s (APA) NY Metro Chapter is pleased to announce that we will be awarding up to three Arthur Kunz Memorial Scholarships this year. The scholarships will provide $1,500 to awardees for attendance at the APA National Planning Conference that is being held in Seattle, Washington, April 18 thru April 21, 2015.

  Annoucement: Scholarship Announcement and Submission Instructions


The APA New York Metro Chapter now offers Chapter-Only Membership for only $49.00 per year! 

Planning Board Members, non-AICP planners, architects, landscape architects, engineers, students, retired planners, community members and others who want to keep informed of planning issues can now do so without joining APA National.

More information can be found on the: Chapter-Only Membership Information and Online Registration Form


APA NY Metro 2014 Annual Conference is Available for AICP CM Credits

Register your credits on the event page at the: APA National CM Credit Log


APA NY Metro 2014 Annual Conference Awards and Awardees

The APA New York Metro Chapter congratulates the recepients of the annoual awards presented at the 2014 Annual Conference. More information on the awards and detailed descriptions of the awardees may be found on the Awards Committee page.

Lawrence M. Orton Award leadership in city and regional planning:
Suffolk County Executive and former Babylon Town Supervisor, Steven Bellone

Andrew Haswell Green Award outstanding contributions to Planning field for at least 15 years:
Ted Orosz, Director of Long Range Bus Service Planning, MTA NYC Transit, Retired June, 2014.

Meritorious Achievement Award for work of unusual achievement in the field of Planning:
Staten Island Planning Committee and Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery for Staten Island NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan.  
Project Consultants included Perkins Eastman Architects, BFJ Planning, and Louis Berger Group.

Meritorious Service Award recognizes work of unusual merit in the Planning field:
Sheridan Expressway–Hunts Point Land Use and Transportation Study by Bronx Office of NYC Department of City Planning, NYC Department of Transportation, and NYC Economic Development Corporation.

Paul Davidoff Award for leadership in housing and equal opportunity:
Arbor House, developed by Blue Sea Development and designed by ABS Architects.

Journalism Award leadership in print, broadcast or web-based media covering Planning:
Andrew Revkin, senior fellow for environmental understanding at Pace University's Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, also writes Dot Earth blog for The New York Times Op-Ed Section.

William H. White Award recognizes creativity and ingenuity in planning:
Rebuild by Design’s The Big U, a protective system that stretches from West 57th Street south to The Battery and up to East 42nd Street. \
Project Team:  Bjarke Ingalls Group (BIG), One Architecture, Starr Whitehouse, James Lima Planning + Development, Level Agency for Infrastructure, Buro Happold, Green Shield Ecology, AEA Consulting, Project Projects, ARCADIS U.S, and the School Of Constructed Environments at Parsons The New School For Design.

Robert W. Ponte Award contributing to NYC area through economic planning and development:
Adam Friedman, Executive Director of the Pratt Center for Community Development.

Floyd Lapp Award for distinguished service to the APA-NYM Chapter:
Ryan Harris, AICP, of Jacobs Engineering, is APA-NYM’s Treasurer and
Max Sokol, AICP, of Parsons Brinckerhoff, was APA-NYM’s New York City Section Representative (2012-14) and newly elected Vice President of Committees.


Annual Report 2014

Annual Report 2014

  Report: APA New York Metro Chapter 2014 Annual Report


APA NY Metro Chapter Planning Priorities Letter to Mayor de Blasio

The Chapter prepared a position statement on planning priorities for the city that was sent to Mayor William de Blasio.
We would like to thank all our members who responded to our survey and submitted comments, and specifically the sub-committee who helped organize this letter:

Michael Levine, AICP - Vice President Intergovernmental Affairs
Hilary Papineau, AICP
Robert Balder, AICP
Larisa Ortiz
Kovid Saxena, AICP - Vice President of Programs

We also would like to recognize our partner advocacy organizations: American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Legal Services- NYC (LS-NYC), and New Yorkers for Parks (NY4P), for their input.

  Position Statement: Planning Priorities Letter to Mayor de Blasio


APA NY Metro Testimony Before the New York State Assembly on Risk Mitigation after Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee (testimony starts at 2:27:30):



  Position Statement: East Midtown Zoning Amendments


  Position Statement: Letter to Senator Skelos - S.5138 - Consideration of Future Climate Risk

  Position Statement:  Letter to Senator Klein - S.5138 - Consideration of Future Climate Risk


APA New York Metro Chapter Presents Report to RDRC

Getting Back to Business: Addressing the Needs of Rockaway Businesses Affected by Superstorm Sandy

The American Planning Association - New York Metro Chapter issued a report to Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC), culminating from a seven-month effort to address business recovery and resiliency on the Rockaway peninsula post-Superstorm Sandy.

The Chapter brought together dozens of planning experts to volunteer their services to develop medium and long-term strategies for RDRC, the peninsula’s largest community development corporation.

  Press Release: APA New York Metro Chapter Presents Report to RDRC

  Report: Getting Back to Business: Addressing the Needs of Rockaway Businesses Affected by Superstorm Sandy


  Position Statement: The New Penn Station Alliance


  Position Statement: Post-Sandy Testimony to New York State Senate