Honoring CPEAV

A Part of Virginia's Planning Legacy

The Citizens Planning Education Association of Virginia, Inc.. was a volunteer, nonprofit (501 (c)(3)) dedicated to furthering throughout the Commonwealth public understanding and awareness of the need for excellent community planning as a means of making our localities better places in which to live, work, and do business. 

This organization was formed in May 1950 as the Virginia Citizens Planning Association (VCPA) and operated continuously under that name until mid-July 2005. VCPA, as a tax exempt 501(c)(4) organization, formed CPEAV in its image and obtained its recognition as a nonprofit association in 2005. VCPA was merged into the Citizen Planner's Education Association of Virginia (CPEAV) soon afterward. The organization disbanded in May of 2015 after entrusting its educational mission to Virginia Tech's Land Use Education Program (LUEP).

Just as planning is a cyclical, never ending process, so too must be the planning and updating of our education program. CPEAV believed the growing number of Virginia localities encouraging or requiring certification of their planning commission and boards of zoning appeals members attests to thier passion for well trained and valued citizen volunteers. They also believed the local staff members who take advantage of the same training are better able to provide the best, most complementary and dedicated support of the appointed and elected public officials they serve.

Communities with such dedicated teams will make their visions happen! And the road to that destination will be smoother and straighter. CPEAV's mission made it a visionary voice, adocating for state-sponsored planning schools housed in Virginia's schools of higher education, a state planning office, and educational programming for local officials. Through CPEAV's work came high-quality educational programs and training initiatives for local planning commissions, boards of zoning appeals, governing bodies and their support staffs, and interested citizens. LUEP honor's CPEAV by continuing to provide the means of strengthening their capacity for skillful, knowledgeable and responsible community planning and decision making.