October is Community Planning Month

Planners work to improve the well-being of all people living in our communities by taking a comprehensive perspective. This approach leads to safer, resilient, more equitable, and more prosperous communities. We celebrate the role that planning plays in creating great communities each October with National Community Planning Month.

Planning is more important than ever as communities continue to navigate the disruptive changes brought about by the pandemic.


This year’s theme — Planning Is Essential to Recovery — highlights how planning and planners can lead communities to equitable, resilient, and long-lasting recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join the conversation with #planningmonth.

Get Inspired

From economic development and transportation planning to reinventing what our communities look like post-COVID-19, this October share how planning and planners are leading the way forward for all in your community.

Jason Gilman, AICP, shares how planning is essential for creating resilient communities:


Access the National Community Planning Month graphics to use in your materials.

Color Logo (JPG)

Color Logo (Vector)


Engage local, state and federally elected officials by encouraging them to proclaim October as Community Planning Month.

Community Planning Month Proclamation Template (Word doc)

Join the Conversation

How are you helping communities navigate change since March? Share your stories.