Community Assistance Planning Program

Big needs, little budget?

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Communities around Oregon face a range of pressing needs – economic development, social equity and affordability, revitalization, resiliency, and consensus building – but not all have the expertise or resources to tackle the issues. Through OAPA’s Community Assistance Planning Program (CAPP), volunteer planners hold one- to two-day workshops to help communities break through planning challenges and come up with practical, implementable recommendations.

The program is designed to bring planning resources and opportunities to communities that would otherwise not have access to these services or planning expertise, and to strengthen the ability of community members to influence or determine decisions that affect their quality of life. CAPP workshops seek to foster community education and civic engagement.

The CAPP is a pro bono program, meaning that the program provides the time of planning experts to a community without compensation. However, the community is expected to cover travel expenses and accommodations (limited funding from OAPA may also be available to help defray travel costs and on-site expenses).

Update for 2020-2021

CAPP services for wildfire recovery and pandemic support

The CAPP has expanded its services and opportunities to assist with wildfire recovery support and assistance with inclusive engagement strategies, in addition to the continued Community Workshop programming (we’ve even found ways to help out during the pandemic). More information coming soon or contact contact Deb Meihoff to learn more.

Attention planners! We need volunteers for CAPP!

OAPA needs members with a variety of skills and experience to serve on upcoming CAPP workshops. Volunteers will be selected based on the expertise required to address each community’s needs. AICP members may be eligible to earn pro-bono CM credits for their service

Bigger needs or larger scale planning issues?

APA has a more robust pro bono planning program to help communities work through complex or large-scale issues that would benefit from a comprehensive workshop effort and a broader base of planning expertise drawn from around the country. Learn more about APA’s Community Planning Assistance Teams.

In addition, OAPA members have volunteered to assist Oregon communities prepare applications to the APA program. 

For More Information

Contact Deb Meihoff for more information on OAPA's Community Assistance Planning Program.