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.


The recovery is evident and planning is resurgent along California’s Central Coast. Now is the time to get involved and reassert the role of professional planners in addressing important land use and conservation issues in the region.

The American Planning Association, California Chapter, (APACA) Central Coast Section is soliciting candidates from within its membership to run for eight voting positions, including three Young Planners Group Coordinator positions on the Board of Directors.*

The APACA is a professional organization for planning, design, and development professionals that promotes professional development, continuing education, planning-related events, and awareness of planning issues to its membership and the public. Getting involved is a great way to connect with other professionals in your field and contribute to your profession.

Voting Board Positions Open:

Five open voting Board positions with two-year terms commencing in January 2014 will be elected by the membership including:

1. Section Director
2. Finance Officer
3. Professional Development Officer 
4. Public Information Officer
5. Events Officer

Young Planners Group Coordinator Positions Open:

Three openings are available for Young Planners Group Coordinator Board positions representing San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara County, and Ventura Counties. These YPG positions will be voting Board positions for the first time with the Central Section By-laws changes recently approved by the Board on October 15, 2014.

If you are a current APA member*, putting your name on the ballot is easy:

1. Notify Section Director Dave Ward or Public Information Officer Bret McNulty by email; and

2. Submit a brief (two-paragraph maximum) candidate statement describing your relevant experience and why you are interested in the position.

*The Section Director must be a member of the California Chapter. The Public Development Officer Must be a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Voting Board members and Young Planners Group Coordinators must be Central Coast Section members.

Candidate statements must be submitted by email by OCTOBER 27, 2014.

Mid-Term Inclusionary Membership Officer Opening

In December, the Central Coast Section Board of Directors will be also considering an appointment for an upcoming Inclusionary Membership Officer opening. 

If you would like to obtain more information regarding these open positions or to submit your candidate statement, please contact: 

Dave Ward, Section Director, dward@ci.ventura.ca.us or (805) 677-3964, or 

Bret McNulty, Public Information Officer, bmcnulty@recon-us.com, or (805) 722-5585.

Ballots will be distributed to the membership for the elected positions via email on November 4, 2014 and the election results will be certified by the Board and announced to the membership by December 1, 2014.

Now is the time to help realize planning’s potential in this region and make the most of your APA membership!


The proposed Section Bylaws amendments comprise refinements to the descriptions and duties of Section Board positions to provide clarity of definition for each position; an expansion of voting members of the Executive Board to include Young Planners Group Officers; and one new Board position, the Finance Officer- Elect.  The Finance Officer-Elect position is designed to ensure smooth adjustment and transition of responsibility for this critical position on the Executive Board.


If you would like to submit feedback and comments on the proposed amendments to the Section Bylaws, please submit to Maggie Ide, Legislative Officer: mide@cityofventura.net.


Download and Review Draft Proposed Bylaws Amendments




The Central Coast Section of the California Chapter of the American Planning Association will be participating in the Santa Barbara Open Streets ¡Calles Vivas! event in Santa Barbara on Saturday, October 25. Please join us in supporting this free community event.

Our streets come alive along a 2.5 mile car-free stretch of Cabrillo Blvd. from Anacapa Street to the Bird Refuge along beautiful Santa Barbara's beachfront. Come bike, blade, skateboard, walk, run, skip, jump rope, hula-hoop, sing, dance, play, do yoga, zumba, join fitness classes & bootcamps, watch live music, dance & art performances, enjoy local healthy food...and anything else your heart desires to do in the street when there are no cars to worry about! This is a great family-friendly event with lots of activities for kids and adults. Arrive by bike to explore the entire 2.5 miles of traffic-free streets and free activities.

Santa Barbara Open Streets is modeled after more than a hundred other similar initiatives in Latin America, Europe and North America, strengthening communities and giving people a temporary break from the stress and fumes of motor traffic. These events all have one thing in common: long stretches of roadways are closed to motorized traffic and opened up to people to promote physical activity and community interaction. Routes feature local businesses and attractions, and strive to improve public health for people of all cultures, incomes, and physical abilities.

The health benefits are huge and the smiles are even bigger! Open Streets events get families out of their houses to enjoy the streets, our largest public space. SB Open Streets is not a race; there is no start or finish; the only goal is to get out there and have fun at one’s own pace along the route.

In 2013, the first annual SB Open Streets was held along a 2.5 mile stretch of Cabrillo Blvd. from Andrée Clark Bird Refuge to State Street, with more than 8,000 people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds enjoying a day of people-powered movement (with no motorizedvehicles) – to promote better health, flexibility and FUN.Over 100 partners, activity providers and sponsors provided community booths, exercise activities and opportunities for the public to learn and engage in healthfulactivities.

For more information, visit http://sbopenstreets.org and be sure to like their facebook page. The event flyer can be downloaded by clicking here.


This year’s Central Coast American Planning Association (CCAPA) Awards event held on May 17th at Corwin Pavilion at UC Santa Barbara afforded an opportunity to recognize the work of a unique group: the Planner Pods. This curiously-named organization is an offshoot of the CCAPA Mentorship Program organized by the Young Planners Group of CCAPA. Each Planner Pod consists of three or four professionals in the field of Planning, from both the public and private sectors, with a range of experience, from young professionals to seasoned veterans. Each Pod met periodically to discuss issues of professional development in the field, including "Goals, Bumps, and Solutions", "Work/Life Balance", and "Project Management". At the end of each meeting, the Pod chose one of its members to blog on what was discussed at the meeting, and hopefully start on online discussion on that and related issues. Participants in this year’s groups reported that it was a valuable experience, and one that we hope to grow in coming years.

To check out the Planner Pods blog, go to http://plannerpods.wordpress.com/.

(Contributor: Greg Martin, Senior Planner, Rincon Consultant)


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