2019 National Planning Conference


April 13–16, 2019 — San Francisco

Want to move to the forefront of planning? Attend NPC19 and pack learning, sharing, connecting, and fun into four exciting days. NPC19's robust educational program covers emerging issues, new trends, and best practices in planning.

Want to dig deeper on a specific planning topic? Check out our 13 conference tracks to delve into topics like disaster resilience, housing, and planning for social justice.

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Program Glossary

Here's quick overview of the program terminology to help you make the best schedule for you.


Here is the heart of the conference: hundreds of opportunities to learn the very latest about myriad planning topics from the people who know them best. Sessions last 75 minutes and most offer CM credit.

Deep Dive Sessions

Dig in deeper with these extended, more in-depth sessions about planning challenges and innovations.

Mobile Workshops & Orientation Tours

Get an up-close and personal view of San Francisco on an orientation tour led by local planners, on foot or by boat. Go granular on mobile workshops that visit leading-edge planning in progress in one-of-a-kind San Francisco.


Conference tracks cover multiple aspects of important and emerging topics. This year's track topics range from disaster recovery to international planning.

Networking Events & Receptions

Looking to expand your network? In addition to the numerous networking breaks throughout the day, more than 30 additional opportunities await you, including events that are unique to our host city. Receptions are open to all unless otherwise noted.


APA leaders and its component groups (chapters, divisions, students) are here to take care of business. So are other groups and a number of APA partners. Meetings are open to all attendees unless otherwise noted.