Maryland APA

The Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association

Welcome to the Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association's Website. Our mission is to make great communities happen in Maryland by offering continuing professional development and other valuable services to our members that will enable them to excel in their practice. We advocate for excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing our members with the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change. We hold a biennial conference, produce a regular newsletter, and offer regular educational and networking opportunities to our members across the state.


APA-Maryland 2018 Elections

On March 15, APA-Maryland will begin the call for nominations for our 2018 election cycle.  APA-Maryland’s elections will now be held in concert with the National APA election cycle, and will be administered by APA-National. Because of a recent change in the APA-Maryland bylaws, we now have staggered two-year terms for all of our officers. This year we will be holding elections for the positions of Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Officers elected to each of these positions will be in office for two years, from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020.

We also have a vacancy in our President-Elect position. The President-Elect automatically becomes President at the end of the current President’s term. The current vacancy means that, when elected, the President-Elect will only serve one year before becoming President on January 1, 2020, and will then serve a full two-year term.

Chapter members who are interested in being nominated for an office should send an email to so that their request will be forwarded to the Nominating Committee. All nominees shall be Chapter members and shall be in good standing with both the Chapter and the APA. Associate members are not eligible for nomination. Once each nominee accepts their nomination, the Committee will submit all nominations to APA no later than May 15, 2018 for placement on the ballot. After this time, any Chapter member, in good standing with both the Chapter and the APA, may petition to be put on the ballot. The petition shall indicate the office being sought and shall be signed by at least ten (10) Chapter members.

The 2018 election schedule is below:

March 15: Begin the Call for Nominations.

May 15: Firm deadline for submission of names of potential nominated candidates.

May 15: Firm deadline for receiving electronic position statements of all potential nominated candidates.

June 15: Member list for ballot distribution prepared, for members eligible to vote in the election.

July 10: Firm deadline for receiving petition candidates, and their position statements/bios.

August 7: Ballots available online, reminders emailed to all chapter/division members.

September 7: Firm deadline for receipt of ballots from membership

September 14: Survey Ballot Systems certifies election results and prepares report to National for dissemination to Chapters/Divisions

January 1, 2019: Newly elected leaders take office