2024 APA Colorado Legislative Priorities

2024 APA Colorado Legislative Priorities

APA Colorado supports state level policies that leverage planners’ actionable insights.

From expanding housing options to ensuring transportation reduces our climate impact, planners are supporting communities’ housing production goals and delivering diverse, attainable, and equitable housing choice.

Watch: CO planners lead on zoning reform

Our priorities this year include:

  • Zoning reform & planning requirements
  • Attainable & affordable housing
  • Transportation
  • Climate change & energy planning
  • Water planning & conservation

These priorities were determined through direct feedback from APA Colorado members through a survey conducted in October 2023. Developed by the APA Colorado Legislative Committee, these policies were approved by the APA Colorado Board of Directors.


Beyond our 2024 policy priorities, planners across the state are using their expertise to help local elected officials navigate change in the following areas:

  • Community Resiliency
  • Regional Planning
  • Infrastructure Development and Coordination
  • Environmental Quality & Sustainability
  • Economic Development
  • Wildfire Hazard Planning & Mitigation
  • Healthy Communities
  • Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails
  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Construction Defects Reform

The Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA Colorado) is an organization of nearly 1,500 professional and citizen planners dedicated to preserving and creating great communities throughout Colorado. Our mission is to provide leadership in the development of resilient, inclusive, sustainable and equitable (R.I.S.E.) communities by advocating for excellence in planning and public policy, promoting professional development, and providing education and citizen empowerment for those who are working to protect and enhance the natural and built environment.

Contact Us:
APA Colorado Legislative Committee Co-Chairs
Shaida Libhart, AICP or
Scott Bressler, AICP at

1 American Planning Association, Equity in Zoning Policy Guide, 2022, https://www.planning.org/publications/document/9264386/ The Equity in Zoning Policy Guide provides policy solutions that allow communities to boost housing supply, production, and fairness. This guide provides the basis for APA’s work on zoning reform at the national level and guidance to planners across the country.