You Spoke, We’re Listening: Results of Professional Development Survey

The results are in! Nearly 120 members provided input on interests and priorities for professional development programs as part of the survey conducted by the San Diego Section APA Board. At the top of the list is Project Management, and next are Communication Skills for Planners, Public Involvement Strategies, and Gentrification, Dislocation, and the Affordable Housing Crisis. Scroll down for the complete results.

The SDAPA Board will start rolling out plans for professional development programs in early 2019, so stay tuned for more information. There could be opportunities to combine topics in single programs. Please forward your thoughts and ideas to the Board Professional Development Director, Joan Isaacson, at

Importantly, many thanks to those who participated – you input is invaluable to the Board and will help to align programming with members’ needs and interests, which is paramount to their overarching objective of serving the members.

Professional Development Topic Survey Results

Topic Responses
Project management 45
Communication skills for planners (writing, presentation skills, effective meetings) 38
Public involvement strategies, getting to “yes” with community groups 37
Gentrification, dislocation, and the affordable housing crisis 37
Active transportation and complete streets 33
Integrating real estate market and land use economics in planning 32
Best practices for infill development and TOD 30
Urban ecology (sustainable, multi-benefit planning that integrates water, habitat, open space, forestry, etc.) 29
Climate adaptation, resiliency, and hazard mitigation planning 27
Planning for healthy communities 21
Latest trends in effective zoning and development regulations 14
Airport authorities and airport land use compatibility plans 7
Development regulations and zoning related to child care uses 2