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Join planning professionals for Planning Academy sessions. The Planning Academy provides an engaging opportunity for citizens to learn about community planning, public involvement, governmental organization, and other related land use and environmental issues. Planning Academy speakers are knowledgeable planners and expert practitioners.

  • Dates: October 2017, Exact Dates TBD
  • Hours: TBD
  • Location: Ventura County, Details TBD
  • Registration: TBD
  • Application: TBD
  • Cost: TBD

The Central Coast Section of the California Chapter of the American Planning Association will host its Planning Academy, a 6-week course in local land use planning and civic engagement. The Academy is open to all residents. 

The Academy is designed to provide an overview of local government, how it is financed, and the impact of State and Federal laws, environmental policy, and planning issues facing the County and its cities today. The program will include several meetings to help participants become more informed, confident and comfortable in participating in local land use planning decisions.

In a mix of lecture, panel discussion and group interaction, the Academy will cover a range of planning topics: zoning history and legal context; environmental review laws and procedures; natural resource management; redevelopment, government and real estate economics; regional government,; transportation and infrastructure; urban design; water and utility planning and constraints, affordable housing, ethics and civic engagement. Each evening will cover a different topic.


A BIG THANK YOU, to those firms, individuals, and public agencies who have sponsored our annual Awards Program in the past. With your help, we have been able to keep costs low to allow a maximum attendance to our one huge tri-county event! In order to continue to bring the awards program and other professional training and networking opportunities to the Section and students at a low cost, WE NEED YOUR HELP!

The Central Coast Section's Board is working on an Annual Sponsorship program which will help reduce costs for, not only the awards program, but for networking and professional development events in the three Central Coast sub-sections. Through the end of the year, board members will personally cal firms and public agencies to talk about our sponsorship program and ask if a firm or agency would be willing to participate in the program.

By participating, sponsors receive a number of great benefits including high level of exposure to professional peers as well as appointed and elected officials and policy makers. Benefits include website exposure, name/logo on awards program and newsletter e-blasts, verbal recognition at Central Coast APA events, and passes to the Awards Program. The top sponsorship of $1,500 a year even includes one All Event Pass to every event of the section for the year!

The Central Coast Section of the American Planning Association's California Chapter is a non-profit entity and the sponsorship donations could be considered a business expense or a tax-deduction. We encourage you to consider supporting the Central Coast Section of the American Planning Association's California Chapter. You can make an important investment in the future of high quality planning and professional networking! For more information, please click here.

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