APACA

 
MAKING GREAT COMMUNITIES HAPPEN
 
 


The American Planning Association, California Chapter, Central Coast Section, serves San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, and aims to provide planning professionals, elected officials, and community members with services, support, and information to advance planning in the Central Coast and beyond.

 
         
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  CALL FOR PLANNER EMERITUS NETWORK (PEN) NOMINATIONS  
     
 

Each year the PEN recognizes one or more planners who have contributed significantly to the profession through long
service in the planning field with a PEN Honors Award.

 
     
 

Guidelines for nominations are:

 
     
 

- Service to APA/CA and/or the Planning profession within California over an extensive period of time.

 
 

- A long established career in planning with significant local contribution to planning or involvement in planning advocacy groups such as non-profit housing boards, walking and bicycle organizations, environmental groups, etc.

 
 

- A strong commitment to the planning profession throughout their careers with ethical and visionary action.

 
     
 

If you would like someone you know to be nominated for this prestigious recognition, please contact Dave Ward or
Lilly Rudolph.

 
         
         
         
         
         
  ENTER TO WIN $150 TOWARDS THE 2014 STATE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION!  
     
 

The Central Coast Section is providing scholarships to help offset the cost of conference registrations for three lucky Central Coast Section APA members. Details can be found here. For questions, please contact Lilly Rudolph.

 
     
         
         
     
         
  CITY OF VENTURA ACHIEVES MILESTONE CERTIFICATION WITH THE COASTAL COMMISSION  
     
  By Jared Rosengren, AICP, Project Manager, City of Ventura  
     
 

On July 10th, the California Coastal Commission approved a LCPA and Zone Change for the largest remaining vacant piece of land that connects the City of Ventura's Downtown Community to the beach adding some much needed flexibility and specific development criteria that should assist the longtime landowner in finding a developer for the site.

 
     
 

The Lloyd family have been actively marketing the 11-acre property, historically known as the "Triangle Site", for over 30 years and had been unsuccessful in attracting interest from developers because the site's several physical and economic constraints which made commercial development infeasible. The approved amendment created an allowance for a mix of uses at the site, including residential, and added through a form-based code specifically tailored for the site, a requirement for a public promenade to be constructed with any development along the southern boundary of the site increasing coastal access and providing new recreational opportunities

 
     
 

The relatively smooth Coastal Commission approval was the result of a 3 and a half year work effort with the City and land owner working as a team with close and regular coordination with Coastal Commission Staff.   The approval includes an in- lieu fee ($1.7 million) to mitigate for the potential loss of visitor serving uses in the in the Coastal Zone.

 
     
   
     
         
         
         
         
  FUNK ZONE TOUR SUMMARY  
     
  By Sara Kopp, Associate Environmental Planner, Rincon Consultants, Inc.  
     
 

On May 4, 2014, the Central Coast APA’s Young Planners Group, with UCSB’s Bren School, took a tour of Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone. The tour group was comprised of active plannersf from the Central Coast, students from the Bren School, and local Planning Commissioners. The Funk Zone is bordered by oceanfront Cabrillo Boulevard on one end and Highway 101 on the other, and contained between State and Garden streets. This area is characterized by old industrial buildings, new development, small beach shops, and wine tasting rooms. The Funk Zone is an area that used to be an industrial part of the City, but is becoming a neighborhood that strives to incorporate wineries, restaurants, local artists, and shops while maintaining its funky character. The tour started off at the Municipal Winery, and went to the SB Arts Fund, the Lark Building, the Surf Museum, and visited the street murals that color the area.

 
     
   
     
 

The SB Arts Fund has been active in Santa Barbara County for 30 years. The Arts Fund maintains a Community Gallery in the Funk Zone which is populated by works from local artists. The Fund is also a sponsor of the Funk Zone Second Saturdays Art Walk. This is an effort to bring people into the area to support the local artist community.

 
     
   
     
 

One of the examples of how development in the Funk Zone is able to combine the industrial feel of the area with upscale wine tasting rooms and restaurants is the Lark Building. The tour group was able to meet with Katie Hay, the developer behind the Lark Building, and discuss how they were able to get the different businesses work in the space, as well as the planning challenges that they faced. The Lark Building houses Lark Restaurant, Lucky Penny, multiple wine tasting rooms, a distillery, and a guitar bar in 16,700 square feet of refurbished warehouse space. Additionally the building has six perforated metal doors that hang the artwork of locals when open or closed. The discussion with Ms. Hay was an interesting opportunities for planners to talk with a developer outside the conference room. Ms. Hay gave a useful perspective on how zoning law shapes development.

 
     
 

The Funk Zone is a unique area that allows for creativity in development and in planning to shape a neighborhood. The tour gave an opportunity for planners, planning commissioners, and students to look at this unique area and see how new neighborhoods can be shaped out of the old.

 
     
     
     
     
     
  LAST MINUTE AICP LAW AND ETHICS OPPORTUNITIES  
     
 

Take advantage of APACA's "Planning Webcast Consortium" membership to gain access to free Law & Ethics podcasts and webinars.

 
     
 

- Law Credits: The State of Takings after Koontz (1.5 CM Law Approved)

 
         
 

- Ethics Credits: Ethical Rules and Considerations for Planners, Plan Commissioners and Lawyers (1.5 CM Ethics Approved)

 
         
 

A list of the 2014 podcasts and webinars can be found here.

 
         
         
         
         
         
  CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEWEST AICP MEMBERS: NATHANIEL EADY and LEEANNE SINGLETON!  
     
  Your Central Coast Section Professional Development Officer is available to help you prepare for the AICP exam!
If you need advice on applying to take the exam, access to free study materials, or just some words of encouragement,
please do not hesitate to contact Lilly Rudolph. More information can be found on the AICP webpage.
 
         
         
         
         
         
  APA MEMEBERS GET 10% OFF MOST LAND USE AND NATURAL RESOURCES COURSES!  
         
 

   
         
 

You can earn AICP CM credits, stay up-to-date on the new policies, laws, and practices, and learn from expersts in the field. For a list of courses that are currently offered, please click here. For more details and to enroll, please visit the UC Davis Extension website.