“Because We Plan” is an effort to share the positive outcomes of planning activities across the state of Ohio with our constituents. The chapter board felt that the name APA Ohio lacked sufficient identity to create a strong awareness of planning outside of our members. What does APA Ohio do? What is the benefit of planning to our communities? The vital message the organization should be shouting from the rooftops is that because we plan, good things happen. The goal of this effort is to create a simple and effective way of telling the planning story as well as rallying greater support and interest in planning by citizens, allied professionals, and both local and state officials.




Who We Are

In October 1919, a group of future-oriented civic-minded Clevelanders organized the first Ohio State Conference on City Planning. The Ohio Planning Conference, later merging with the American Planning Association, was the first organization of its kind and remains the oldest association of citizen and professional planners in the country.

Our 1,200 members share passion and understanding of the value of planning in our communities. We are champions of the built environment and stewards of place.

Over the past one hundred years, the association and its members have changed and evolved but our mission remains the same – to promote good planning for the betterment of all Ohioans.



It is essential that planners, allied professionals, citizen planners, elected officials and decision makers join us in spreading our message that good planning is essential to creating great communities for all Ohioans.


Because We Plan

Great communities activate for all.


As a member of APA Ohio, we need  you to get involved! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

» Join an APA Ohio Committee

» Sign up for the APA Planners Advocacy Network

» Attend APA Ohio events

» Volunteer with your local APA Ohio Section

» Use the APA Ohio Policy Platform to help advocate for good planning in Ohio


Thank you to our sponsors

By advertising with APA Ohio, our sponsors are helping to support the advancement of good planning in Ohio. Would your organization like to join the movement? APA Ohio offers exceptional opportunities to showcase you!