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APA Cleveland serves Northeast Ohio’s planning community, hosting social and educational events throughout the year and bringing members and the community together to discuss issues affecting our region. 

APA Cleveland is governed by a 12-member executive committee, which includes a student representative of CSU’s planning program. Counties served by APA Cleveland, many of which are also in the service area of the Akron Section, are Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Erie, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, and Trumbull.

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Every year, WePlanCLE is conceived to encourage collaboration, discussion, and great ideas. While this year APA Cleveland is forced to break from tradition, we recognize the need for this civic dialogue even more than ever.

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We Plan CLE 2020


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The 2020 theme HOME was selected before stay-at-home orders were put in place. Now that we’re all spending more time at HOME, its place in all of our lives is being redefined. The conversations surrounding HOME are more relevant than any of us could have predicted.

HOME is central to our physical sense of place and our social connections. Its definition is deeply rooted in our personal experiences. Home is where the heart is. Home sweet home. There’s no place like home. This year, we will explore the forces that impact housing and our perceptions of home—physical, social, economic, historical, technological—in an effort to deepen our understanding of this essential component of our communities.

While we can’t celebrate all that is HOME in person in 2020, over the coming weeks we will offer new avenues to foster discussion and explore our communities. For the next six weeks, APA Cleveland will release weekly virtual events. We also invite you to contribute your own events.



Dr. Hutson Keynote Address B   Every Monday WePlanCLE will release a link to a lecture discussing aspects of HOME, and its changing meaning in all of our lives.

Arrow Bullet  Week 1: June 8

Arrow Bullet  Week 2: June 15

Arrow Bullet  Week 3: June 22

Arrow Bullet  Week 4: June 29

Arrow Bullet  Week 5: July 6

Arrow Bullet  Week 6: July 13

Arrow Bullet  Week 7: July 20

Arrow Bullet  Week 8: July 27

Arrow Bullet  Week 9: August 3





Walks 2   The tradition of exploring Greater Cleveland’s communities through “Jane’s Walks” will continue with a new guided walk or bike released on Thursdays.

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Walks 1   Create your own Jane’s Walk or Bike to share! Send us a walking or biking route through your neighborhood, and we’ll post it with the other HOMEtours. Or maybe record your daily walk around the block, with or without the dog! Just let us know what makes your community HOME for you.

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3   Throughout the weeks, watch for special releases featuring Northeast Ohio planners and civic advocates discussing the changes we’re seeing in our communities due to COVID-19, and how it’s affecting our definition of HOME.

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Previous WePlanCLE Series:

2019: WATER

2018: EQUITY

2017: ACT!



Questions about We Plan CLE should be directed to Arthur Schmidt at or 216-865-1342.



APA CLE [virtual] Mixer + Meeting

February 9 | 12 PM or 4:30 PM



Four communities recognized as great places across Ohio


APA Cleveland Section Elections

VOTE October 1-15

June 2021

June 23, 2021

City of Sandusky: Virtual Lunch + Tour

Part I: Virtual Lunch

June 26, 2021

City of Sandusky: Virtual Lunch + Tour

Part II: In-Person Tour

Arthur Schmidt IV

Senior Planner
OHM Advisors

Debbie Berry, PE

Vice Director, Education
VP of Planning + Real Estate Development
University Circle, Inc.

Adam Davenport

Vice Director, Programming
District Planner
Cleveland City Planning Commission

Jessica Trivisonno

Director of Economic Development
Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization
Cudell Improvement, Inc.

Amy Snell, AICP

Planning Team Leader
Greater Cleveland RTA

Matthew Schmidt, AICP

Immediate Past Director
Senior Real Estate Planning Administrator

Kelley Britt

At Large
Senior Program & Transit Planner
Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency

Alex Harnocz, AICP

At Large
Development Product Manager
Destination Cleveland

Tom Hilde

At Large
Assistant Professor
Cleveland State University

Nichole Laird

At Large
Cuyahoga County Planning Commission

Krysta Pesarchick, AICP

At Large
Urban Designer + City Planner
City Architecture

Rachel Riemenschneider

Student Co-Liaison
Cleveland State University

Courtney Whitman

Student Co-Liaison
Cleveland State University

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