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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. Registration available now!

  • Duration: 6 Sessions. Each session occurs on Thursday evenings beginning October 5, 2017 and ending November 9, 2017
  • Course Dates and Topics: Thursday evenings beginning October 5, 2017. Speaker and topic schedule shown below. Speakers subject to change.
  • Hours: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, includes short break with refreshments for participants
  • Location: California Lutheran University, Oxnard Campus, 2201 Outlet Center Drive #600, Oxnard, CA 93036
  • Pricing: Cost includes all sessions of the Planning Academy series as well as refreshments during each evening's courses. 
    • APA Members: $100
    • Students: $100
    • Non-Members: $150
  • Syllabus
  • Registration: Click here to begin online registration
  • Additional Information: Michelle Glueckert D'Anna, Ventura County Sub-Section Director, available at 805-388-5370 or by email.

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. The Planning Academy is open to all residents and is expected to be attended by engaged community members, government officials, real estate and design professionals, land use planners, and city and county planning commissioners.

The Planning 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 host 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 Planning 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.




October 5th

Long-Range Planning in Ventura County Chris Stephens, County of Ventura Resource Management Agency


History of Agriculture in Ventura County  John Krist, Farm Bureau of Ventura County

October 12th

The Economic Drivers for Housing in Ventura County Dr. Jamshid Damooei, California Lutheran University, Center for Economic Research and Forecasting 


Affordable Housing Panel Discussion
  • Sandy Smith, Sespe Consulting / Ventura County Economic Development Association / California Lutheran University
  • Linda Braunschweiger, Ventura County Housing Trust Fund
  • Michael Nigh, Area Housing Authority
  • Drew Powers, City of Thousand Oaks
  • Dr. Jamshid Damooei, California Lutheran University

October 19th

High Profile Ordinances and Regulations Dave Ward, City of Ventura


Uncovering the Environmental Impacts of Cannabis Cultivation Aubrey Mescher and Lindsey Sarquilla, Rincon Consultants Inc.


Local Cannabis Regulation in California and the Central Coast Mindy Fogg and Jessica Metzger, County of Santa Barbara

October 26th

Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Panel
  • Darren Kettle, Ventura County Transportation Commission
  • Jeff Hereford, City of Ventura Public Works
  • David Fleisch, County of Ventura Public Works Agency


Transit-Related Issues Panel
  • Darren Kettle, Ventura County Transportation Commission
  • David Fleisch, County of Ventura Public Works Agency
  • Vanessa Rauschenberger, Gold Coast Transit District

November 2nd

CEQA Refresher Joe Power, Rincon Consultants Inc.


CEQA Updates and Hot Topics Mitchel Morrison, Envicom

November 9th

Water Supply and Assessment Patrick Reeves and Greg Musser, Encompass Consultant Group


Planning Issues in the Coastal Zone
  • Amanda Fagan, Naval Base Ventura County
  • Kathleen Mallory, City of Oxnard
  • To Be Announced



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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