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Thank you for being part of Coastal Cleanup Day
October 16, 2018

A message from the San Luis Obispo Sub-Section to all of the volunteers who partcipated in Coastal Cleanup Day on September 15, 2018:

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Coastal Cleanup Day!! ECOSLO was happy to announce that 1,237 volunteers picked up 5,664 pounds of trash and recycle across 35 coastal and inland locations in San Luis Obispo County!! This community service event was an incredible success that allowed participants to give back to the community that we are proud to call home!


Jay Higgens Elected to APA California's Board of Directors
October 16, 2018


Jay Higgens, a resident of Santa Barbara, has been elected to the American Planning Association California Chapter's Board of Directors as the Commission and Board Representative. The APA California Board of Directors represents the breadth and geographic diversity of planning in California. The Board consists of 20 elected Board members and Section Directors with staggered terms, as well as many appointed Board members charged with implementing specific Board tasks, from the annual awards program to AICP Certification Maintenance activities. The Board meets three times a year at various locations in the state.

More information on the APA California Board of Directors is available at apacalifornia.org/about/apa-california-board.


Provide Your Input for the 2019 State Conference
October 9, 2018

The Central Coast Section of the American Planning Association is already preparing to host the California Chapter's state conference in Santa Barbara from September 15-18 in 2019. The theme for the 2019 state conference is "A Resilient Future". However, the Conference Host Committee is looking for some preliminary input on what our attendees hope to learn about at the 2019 state conference. If you want to provide your ideas for a session or workshop at the 2019 state conference in Santa Barbara, click here to fill out a brief online questionnaire.

PDF icon 2019 State Conference - Save the Date
Check out the Central Coast Section in San Diego
October 9, 2018

Are you at the state conference in San Diego? Be sure to stop by our booth to pick up free swag, talk to Central Coast volunteers, and provide input on sessions that the Central Coast section should provide in Santa Barbara during the 2019 state conference.

Not at the conference? Still want to let us know what sessions to include in 2019? Provide your input in a brief survey - just click here.




Call for candidates for the APA's Central Coast Section Executive Board of Directors
September 30, 2018 to October 27, 2018



Come Lead the Future of Planning in Our Central Coast Communities!

There are countless evolving challenges currently affecting our Central Coast communities. No time is better than now to get involved and assert the role of professional planners in addressing important land use and conservation issues in the region! The American Planning Association, California Chapter, (APA CA) Central Coast Section is soliciting candidates from within its membership to run for positions on the Section’s Executive Board of Directors. Members of our Executive Board of Directors oversee exciting professional development activities throughout Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties, and throughout the State of California. Getting involved is a great way to connect with other professionals in your field and contribute to the quality of your profession.

Open Positions:

Five open voting Executive Board of Directors positions with two-year terms commencing in January 2019 will be elected by the membership including:

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

The Central Coast Section APA CA 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. The Board position duties for these positions is detailed in the Central Coast Section APA CA By-Laws which can be reviewed here

Election Schedule

  • Call For Candidate Statements -- Now! 
  • Statements must be submitted by email by October 26th
  • Election: Publish Candidate Statements and Open Polls to Membership – November 5th
  • Board of Directors Certifies Election and Announces Results December 2018

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

  1. Email the Ventura County Subsection Director, Michelle Glueckert D’Anna, and the Membership Inclusion Officer, Spencer Johnson, by October 26th; along with,
  2. A brief (two-paragraph maximum) candidate statement describing your relevant experience and why you are interested in the position.

To obtain more information regarding these open positions or to submit your candidate statement, please contact:


PDF icon Central Coast Section Bylaws - Feb 2017.pdf
Planning Academy Registration Open!
September 19, 2018
The Central Coast Section of the American Planning Association has announced course dates and opened registration for its popular Planning Academy. 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. The program includes weekly meetings to help participants become more informed, confident and comfortable in participating in local land use planning decisions.
According to Jay Higgins, one of the Planning Academy's organizers, "The American Planning Association answers the call of our greater community to help steward thoughtful decisions relating to our urban environment. One of the ways we do this is through our Citizen's Planning Academy where we assemble a team of expert urban and environmental professional to teach a 7-week course on all things local land use."

Planning Academy students are activists, real estate and design professionals, emerging or sitting politicians as well as actual land use planners. The curriculum focuses on the greater Santa Barbara area, her character, constraints and emerging policy questions. The Academy is ideal for adult students that want get into the nitty gritty, and perhaps prepare to contribute in a more meaningful manner in our regions’ many volunteer boards or commissions. 

Students pay a nominal fee or ‘tuition’ to cover venue and meal expenses. The fee of $175 for all classes includes a light meal every night. Where else can you get a meal, plus all this great knowledge and networking for only $25 per evening? Or less if you’re an APA member.  All classes are held at the Louis Lowery Davis Center at 1232 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.  Classes are weekly, falling on Wednesday or Thursday evenings. 

Course details and curriculum are available online at centralcoastapa.org/programs
PDF icon 2018 Planning Academy Syllabus
Successful APA Mixer in San Luis Obispo
September 7, 2018

On August 8th, APA and AEP gathered together at Luis Wine Bar in Downtown San Luis Obispo for a joint mixer.  With approximately 30 attendees, the night was a success and was full of great conversation. Thank you to those who came out! Stay tuned for future events!

HCD Announcement: Changes on the Way for Housing Element Annual Progress Reports
September 7, 2018

Issue Date: 8/24/2018
As part of implementation of the 2017 Housing Package, the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is preparing changes to the Housing Element Annual Progress Report (APR) form, guidelines, and other materials. We want to share information about these upcoming changes with you and invite your feedback on how HCD can best redesign the APR and accompanying guidelines to collect a more usable and complete picture of housing production in California.


The APR system, which has been in place since 2010, measures both permit progress towards a jurisdiction's Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) and progress in implementing the programs and policies described in that jurisdiction's Housing Element.

What's New

Several bills in the 2017 Housing Package added new requirements and purpose to the APR. SB 35 uses permit progress towards RHNA, as shown by the APR, to determine which jurisdictions are subject to SB 35 permit streamlining. SB 35 also requires all cities - including charter cities, which were previously exempt - to submit APRs. Finally, both SB 35 and AB 879 add new housing data requirements to the APR that will enable a more complete understanding of California's housing pipeline. For a list of these new data requirements, please see the APR Frequently Asked Questions.

How You Can Help

In order to collect this new information, HCD will update the current APR form (both the online submittal system and the Excel form), guidelines, and instructions.
To guide HCD's APR redesign, we invite your feedback on how the existing form and guidance (linked below) can be updated to meet new requirements. The existing materials are:

To share your feedback, please email apr@hcd.ca.gov with "APR 2018 Input" as the subject.

A draft revised form and guidelines will be made available in October, followed by a public comment period and workshops
Thank you for sharing your feedback with HCD. If you have any questions, please contact us at apr@hcd.ca.gov.

Thank you, 
Zachary Olmstead
Deputy Director of Housing Policy Development

Transportation Planning Grants from Caltrans
September 7, 2018 to September 25, 2018


Volunteer Opportunity: National Bike Count/Survey Days in San Luis Obispo
September 7, 2018 to September 15, 2018

SLO Regional “Safety In Numbers” Active Transportation Counts

Attention partners, community activists, and Safe Routes to School champions. Your help is needed at key locations around the San Luis Obispo region to collect bike and pedestrian volume data as part of the official national count days. A short Volunteer Training Session will be held on Monday Sept. 10th 12:30-1pm at SLOCOG offices to overview the counting approach and tally forms packets will be distributed. Once the counts are finished, just return the forms to our office or scan and email. Remember… there is Safety in Numbers!

Dates, Times and Locations

Training Session:

  • Monday, September 10th 12:30-1pm


Official Counting Days (time specific to location):

  • Tuesday, September 11th
  • Wednesday, September 12th
  • Saturday, September 15th


For specific times and locations, see sign-up form: https://www.volunteersignup.org/QJL3M?classic

Interested? Contact John DiNunzio, SLOCOG Transportation Planner, jdinunzio@slocog.org (805) 781-5764

PDF icon National Count - SLOCOG

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