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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Accreditation Survey
January 4, 2019

Cal Poly Accreditation Survey

Central Coast APA Members, 

Your feedback matters! Both the graduate and undergraduate planning programs at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo are preparing to be reviewed for accreditation by the Planning Accreditation Board. Participation in this survey is a valued function of your APA membership and will assist with the accreditation review process. We encourage you to take this opportunity to provide feedback and stay involved. 

Thank you!

Click here to access the survey. The survey deadline is January 18th at 5pm.

Central Coast Section Welcomes Board Members
January 1, 2019

In December, APA members throughout the Central Coast cast votes for a variety of postions on the Central Coast Section's Executive Board of Directors.

The Executive Board of Directors for APA California's Central Coast Section, serves San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Board members fill a number roles and volunteer their time as they strive to provide planning professionals, elected officials, and community members with services, support, and information to advance planning in the Central Coast and beyond. The November-December election resulted in the following Board members being welcome onto the Central Coast Section's Executive Board:

  • Director Elect: Rachel Raynor
  • Events Officer: Hollee King, AICP
  • Finance Officer: Steve Welton, AICP
  • Professional Development Officer: John Novi, AICP
  • Public Information Officer: Clay Downing
2019 APA California State Conference | Call for Proposals
December 2, 2018

The Central Coast Section will be hosting the APA California 2019 Conference, A Resilient Future, from September 15-18, 2019 in Santa Barbara and the Call for Proposals opened December 1st!

The Call for Proposals will close on January 31, 2019 at 5:00pm. Late submittals will not be accepted.

Consider submitting a proposal for the upcoming APA Conference, the Conference Host Committee is looking forward to welcoming planners from throughout our industry to Santa Barbara.

If you have any questions, please contact the 2019 Programs Subcommittee at Calapa2019programs@gmail.com.



APA California Conference Presentations Available
November 17, 2018

The conference session presentations that have been provided by the moderators/speakers for posting on the Chapter website are hyperlinked and ready to view. If you are a presenter and do not see your presentation, please contact Francine Farrell at ategoresources@live.com.

The complete list of presentation material is available to members only.

Non-members who attended the conference may view up to 5 titles if you registered for the full conference or up to 5 titles of sessions presented on the day of attendance by 1-day attendees. Email Francine Farrell at ategoresources@live.com providing the date, time & session title and a copy of your emailed registration confirmation.

Go here to view the presentations.

Call for Nominations for 2019 Dale Prize
November 17, 2018 to November 27, 2018

From Blueprint to Resilience: Planning When Change is the Norm

2019 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning

 The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Cal Poly Pomona seeks nominations for the 2019 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning. The Dale Prize recognizes planning excellence, creates dialogue between scholars and practitioners, and enriches the education of planning students. The Dale Prize is awarded in pairs: a $5,000 award to a scholar and a $5,000 award to a practitioner. Awardees spend two days on the campus, meet with students in classes, and participate in a colloquium and other events.

The 2019 theme is From Blueprint to Resilience: Planning when Change is the Norm. Comprehensive planning assumed that planners could anticipate the future and discern goals around which a plan could be crafted. Yet the “plan as blueprint” model is upended by changes in society, the economy, spatial structure, environmental conditions, and technology. Local insurgencies challenge conventional practices. Planning practice has evolved in the ways that plans are made, what they address, and how they are used. Concepts of anticipatory governance, networked and smart cities, equity planning, and sustainability now infuse these plans. Such plans make room for bottom-up change and innovation. They are made in ways that recognize their role in networks of other plans and use new forms of collaborative rationality.

The Dale Prize seeks a scholar and a practitioner who will address new ways that comprehensive plans are made and used. We are interested in procedural questions such as understanding innovative roles for social media and direct democracy, deliberative practices for finding ways forward with multiple visions, and how the broader range of concerns are in included in these plans. We ask, “How can planning guide ongoing decision-making under conditions of uncertainty and with a multiplicity of visions?”

Dale Prize events will be held March 20th and 21st, 2019, on the Cal Poly Pomona campus. Nominations are due on November 26, 2018. For more information, or to receive a nomination package, please visit the Dale Prize webpage, http://env.cpp.edu/urp/dale-prize/2019. If you have additional questions, contact Dr. Do Kim at dohyungkim@cpp.edu or (909) 869-4645.

PDF icon Dale_Prize_2019_Solicitation.pdf
Planner Submission | Highlights In San Luis Obispo
November 17, 2018

Submitted by Sarah Howland, Central Coast APA's Emerging Planning Professional Officer for San Luis Obispo County

San Luis Obispo County is described as paradise by its residents and visitors, due to its scenic coastline, which is surrounded by iconic hillsides, idyllic vineyards, and picturesque mountains of the Santa Lucia range. This reputation has been established by the pristine natural landscape, but this landscape has been preserved due to decisions related to the built environment and active community members. This region is experiencing numerous changes in regard to housing, water supply, development in downtown spaces, use of open space, and the decommissioning of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.  

San Luis Obispo started implementing historical significance and a Spanish California architectural style with the creation of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in 1772. This religious structure and the San Luis Obispo Creek established the foundation of Downtown San Luis Obispo that is experienced today. Originally, agriculture was the dominant economic venture in the region. While this tradition continues to this day, other enterprises, such as tourism and education, have expanded.

Whether it be exploring Hearst Castle, enjoying Morro Rock, feasting through SLO’s Farmer’s Market, driving on the Oceano Dunes, or visiting Madonna Inn, there is always an adventure waiting in the ‘Happiest City in America’. Maintaining and expanding recreational opportunities has facilitated tourism options for the region. The Avila Beach Pier, originally built in 1908, and the Pismo Beach Pier, originally built in 1924, are special examples of this situation, with each pier currently undergoing its own improvements. In addition, the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo was established in 1901. Since this time, it has been established as one of the top universities in the western United States and the number one employer in San Luis Obispo County. Not to mention, with one of the most note-worthy planning departments (amongst other great programs), the university cultivates numerous planners, a lot of who stay within the Central Coast for their planning career. While all of these elements are treasured in this region, they have continued to evolve due to planners.

 San Luis Obispo, 1950's

San Luis Obispo, Higuera Street

San Luis Obispo, Amtrak

San Luis Obispo, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

San Luis Obispo, Early 1900's and Now

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.




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