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We are now accepting proposals for presentations at the 2021 Western States Planning Conference to be held IN-PERSON August 22-25, 2021 in Paradise Valley, Arizona.  This conference will be our most diverse ever as we break our professional boundaries and build new connections through our partnership with Western Planner (WP) and its network of planners, working in a variety of organizations across the 12 Western states!

We need you to make this a successful conference, and we are calling for multiple disciplines to submit sessions.  Diverse teams from multiple states are encouraged, as well as panelists with varying backgrounds, values and vision.  Consider collaborating with similar agencies in other Western states to broaden your session and bring a different viewpoint into a panel discussion.  Creative means for group interaction are welcome.  Any topic in the realm of land use, equity, transportation, community design, environmental stewardship, tribal planning, planning law, ethics, and economic development are welcome. 

With the conference theme of “Breaking Boundaries, Creating Connections” and the five (5) conference tracks highlighted below, there are plenty of opportunities for YOU to submit creative session proposals on a wide range of topics and from multiple disciplines – so consider submitting a session idea today!

  • Policy That Unifies
    Forward-thinking policies & their impacts, cases studies, planning law, regulations, comprehensive plans
  • 7 Generations
    Sustainable land trends, environmental, stewardship, public lands, land trust, tribal planning
  • Healthy by Design
    Planning after COVID, transportation, health inequity, mobility, physical connectivity, green building, smart infrastructure, sustainable agriculture, local first, community gardens
  • People First
    Ethics, equity, diversity, public outreach, aging in place, homelessness, cultural norms & nuances, planning commissions, customer service, connecting with people
  • Out of the Box
    Policies that work, miscellaneous or hot topics, 10 minute quick studies, TED talks or films, tactical urbanism

Session Proposals are due no later than April 15th. 

Click here for the easy-to-fill out session proposal form.

If you have any questions, please contact either Loras Rauch @ 480-221-3764 ( or Brian Carver (