Legislative and Policy Program

The program goal is to advance ethically and technically sound planning as part of the decision-making process.


  • To improve the legislation and regulations under which planning operates in Virginia
  • Continue to organize the legislative processes and procedures of the Chapter
    o Include members of each Section in the Legislative Committee
    o Develop specific operating policies and procedures
  • Develop Chapter positions and comments on proposed APA planning policies
  • Identify, monitor and participate in legislative study commissions
  • Send letter offering technical assistance on planning issues to the legislators prior to the General Assembly
  • Develop Chapter positions on legislation
    o Legislative Committee evaluates bills and develops consensus position
    o Position statement is reviewed by Chapter Board's Executive Committee
    o If appropriate, coordinate positions with other planning related organizations to achieve unified response
    o Send Chapter positions on specific legislation to targeted legislators.
  • Coordinate testimony and inform APA Virginia members of bills affecting planning in Virginia.
  • Enhance annual Legislative day as a tool for promoting better planning legislation in Virginia.

For information about the APA Virginia Legislative & Policy Program, contact Vice President of Legislation & Policy.


2018 Final Legislative Report

Managing Growth and Development in Virginia: A Review of the Tools Available to Localities

Now in its 12th release, this document, "Managing Growth and Development in Virginia: A Review of the Tools Available to Localities" (more commonly referred to as ͞the Toolkit͟), has proved to be a valuable resource for those seeking to understand current enabling legislation as it pertains to land use planning in Virginia.

2017 Final Legislative Report

2017 Preliminary Key Bills

This preliminary report on key bills in the State of Virginia was produced by the APA Virginia Chapter in March 2017. The report summarizes bills on energy efficiency, environment and water resources, ethics reform, building codes, housing, elections and redistricting, land use and growth management, transportation funding, and other issues.

2016 Key Bills

The following report lists key bills passed by the 2016 General Assembly. This replaces the preliminary report that was published in March 2016 and reflects the efforts of the reconvened session on April 20, 2016. Joint Resolutions do not go to the Governor and are approved once signed by Speaker of the House and President of the Senate. Unless otherwise listed all legislation takes effect July 1, 2016.

2016 Legislative Agenda

2015 Key Bills Document — Final

2014 Key Bills Document — April 14 Edition

APA Virginia Online Legislative Tracking