American Planning Association

North Carolina Chapter



The APA-NC Legislative Committee is responsible for assisting Chapter members in legislative advocacy.  We work to promote positive planning-related legislation, develop productive relationships with legislators and strategic partners, and inform chapter members about proposed legislation.

Legislative Committee Vision Statement:

The APA-NC Legislative Committee will inform and equip North Carolina planners to better participate in the legislative process and build lasting relationships with strategic partners and the General Assembly in pursuit of beneficial planning legislation.  We will serve as an objective source of information on the anticipated impacts of proposed legislation, and will raise awareness of the value of planning in North Carolina communities.  We will provide assistance to planners and local governments in adapting to changes in planning-related legislation.

Leadership & Contact

The Legislative Committee is a standing committee of APA-NC and is currently chaired by Chad Meadows, AICP.  The Committee has a series of team leaders, each responsible for different committee activities.

Chad Meadows, AICP
Legislative Chair

Team Leaders:

Nathan Page, AICP – Legislative Tracking

Phillip Lookadoo, AICP – Recognition

Michael Zehner, AICP – Outreach

Andrew Ausel & Michael Kelly, AICP – Relationships

Ian Hamilton, AICP – Legislative Adaptation

Strategic Plan

In December of 2019 the APA-NC Executive Committee endorsed the Legislative Committee’s Strategic Plan.  The plan identifies a vision statement for the Legislative Committee, its goals and objectives, and the actions to be undertaken by the Committee in pursuit of those goals.  Emphasis is placed on building positive relationships with legislators, advocating for beneficial legislation with our partners, helping members of the public recognize the value of planning, and assisting local governments in adapting to changing legislation.  The plan has a five-year horizon (until 2025), and will be supplemented by an annual work program.  Please download the Plan for more details.

APA-NC Legislative Committee Plan 2020

Join Us!

The Legislative Committee is comprised of planners from across the State who are interested in legislative advocacy and issues. We are always looking for planners and interested members to join us in our efforts. Please reach out to the Legislative Chair for more information on how to get involved.

Want to Contact Your Legislator Regarding Planning Issues?

For North Carolina Legislators, go to the NC General Assembly Homepage.

For your congressional representatives, click here and type in your zip. You can also visit the House and Senate pages listed below:

U.S. House of Representatives
The House website provides links to all member websites and all congressional committee websites. Users can also get the latest floor schedule and regularly updated information on floor activity. The site provides a feature where users can locate their representative by zip code.

U.S. Senate
The Senate site offers the same features as the House site described above.