Since 2006, the American Planning Association (APA) has encouraged Chapters to update their dues to a percentage of APA membership rates (i.e., which are graduated based on a member’s salary), rather than flat dollar amounts. APA recently placed emphasis on this recommendation by setting a goal of having all Chapters transition to a percentage-based dues structure by the end of 2017. Seventeen Chapters have already adopted a percentage-based structure ranging from 15% to 45% of APA membership rates.
The South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (SCAPA) Executive Committee has considered modification of our dues structure several times since APA first communicated their desire for a change to occur. In the past, the Executive Committee determined to continue with our flat $35.00 per year rate. Recently, the Executive Committee met to revisit this subject and determined that as a representative Chapter of the APA, it is important that we support the larger, parent organization. To that end, the Executive Committee voted to modify SCAPA’s dues structure to a percentage-based system. Click here to read more about this change, including when it will take effect, and see a comparison of the dues structure.