The GPA Policy and Advocacy Committee (PAC) is responsible for setting policy and advocacy priorities and educating the GPA membership of topics of interest to the planning profession. PAC follows legislation in the United States Congress and the Georgia General Assembly.

Join PAC’s Work

Now that the 2023 Georgia General Assembly regular session has opened, the PAC weekly update meetings will be held every Friday at 10:00 a.m. while the Georgia legislature is in session. The purpose of these meetings is to coordinate and track bills that could affect the daily practices of Georgia Planners and / or policies adopted and advocated by the Georgia Chapter of APA.

GPA is looking for a State Legislative Liaison to APA. The ideal planner will have a background in – or passion for – advocacy, state issues, and collaboration with other chapters. If you are interested in serving on the Policy and Advocacy Committee and/or as the Legislative Liaison, contact Jim Summerbell. 

If you are interested in serving on the Policy and Advocacy Committee and/or as the Legislative Liaison, contact Jim Summerbell for more information.

See GPA Policy Positions

See the GA Legislative Process

Annual PAC Activities

  • Conduct an annual survey of the membership to determine policy and advocacy priorities;
  • Develop and carry out a policy and advocacy program that represents the views of the membership, and that is approved by the Board of Directors;
  • Work with the Vice President for Programs and the Programs Committee in an effort to hold at least one policy and advocacy forum annually as may be appropriate;
  • Recommend to the Board for approval an annual statement of policy and advocacy priorities of the Chapter; such policy and advocacy priorities are educational in nature;
  • Inform the public, and elected and appointed officials, of the policy and advocacy priorities approved by the Board; and
  • Inform the membership of legislative issues, proposed legislation, and results of the legislative process in Congress and the Georgia General Assembly.