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Volunteer for the APA California Virtual Conference, State of Change!
August 31, 2020

Volunteer for the APA California Virtual Conference, State of Change! We are looking for approximately 65 planning student and Young Planner volunteers. Students and recent graduates (from May/June 2020) will receive complimentary registration to the conference after they’ve signed up and completed the necessary training. The conference is September 14-16.

Apply here: https://forms.gle/BkPdUx1Tfe7JwSe6A.

Success in Central Coast's first 'Celebrating Cities' event
August 21, 2020

A big thank you to Jeffrey Lambert and Scott Kolwitz for sharing insights with APA for the Central Coast's first Celebrating Cities event. The webinar event featured Lambert and Kolwitz as they shared project-by-project details and challenges that are expected to influence the future of Oxnard. From a vision for their downtown to a Zocalo concept - Oxnard has a number of innovative projects in the pipeline. The recording for this event is available at zoom.us/CentralCoastAPA.


Have a recommendation or a contact for the Central Coast's next Celebrating Cities event, send your thoughts to centralcoastapa@gmail.com.

City of Solvang Releases RFP for Comprehensive General Plan Update and Environmental Impact Report
August 14, 2020

The City of Solvang Releases RFP for Comprehensive General Plan Update and Environmental Impact Report. Visit the City's website to find more information regarding this RFP. Link provided below: 


Planners in the Field: Pedestrian Parklet Cruise on Santa Barbara’s State Street
August 13, 2020

Written by Clay Downing, Ventura County Sub-Section Director for APA California’s Central Coast Section

Santa Barbara, CA - At this point, many of us have been stuck at home, to greater and lesser degrees, since COVID-19 changed the way that we operate beginning in February this year. While many professional planners spend much of our jobs in an office, the issues that we work on are tied to happenings in our communities. To this end, I had the opportunity to take stroll along Santa Barbara’s State Street in the beginning of August and was amazed at the changes that I saw. Despite social distancing, masks, and immense changes to the way that businesses must operate, State Street was alive with activity as Lexi Journey, Ethan Stan, and I observed the changes that have occurred in this corridor since the start of the pandemic.

As noted in a prior conversation with Robin Elander, Downtown Santa Barbara’s Interim Director, the idea of opening up State Street in innovative ways and reducing auto-based accessed is not new. But it seems that the global pandemic gave Santa Barbara the nudge required to take a dive into exploring what that could really look like. For anyone that has not visited State Street recently – the change is striking. As Elander noted in a APA Planner Talk from May 2020, the corridor has a completely new and energized vibe that makes it feel like a whole new place. The entire video interview with Downtown Santa Barbara’s Robin Elander is available online at centralcoastapa.org/apa-planner-talk-reopening-state-street-robin-elander.

For me, one of the obvious standout features that was observed over and over as our group walked the several blacks from upper to lower State Street was the abundance of parklets. And onthis particular day, the image of just how busy these new spaces were was a shock to my new homebound lifestyle. Below, I offer a image-based stroll down State Street for those of you that have not yet had the opportunity to see the changes in one of Santa Barbara’s best know corridors. It is hard for me to imagine how State Street could possibly return to the pre-COVID look and feel after such a transformative wave of investment that has literally brought people into the street itself.

Click here to Explore State Street

If you have the opportunity to responsibly explore spaces on the Central Coast or elsewhere – please consider sharing your observations with fellow planners along the Central Coast so that all of us can learn about the changes that are and will continue to sweep through our communities. Send your submissions to the Central Coast Section of the American Planning Assocaition at centralcoastapa@gmail.com.

State Street, Santa Barbara showing expansions of commercial spaces and new active uses in right of way areas where auto access has been prohibited in the wake of efforts to reopen in response to COVID-19.





Sign up for the Planning for Equity Webinar
August 11, 2020

Planning for Equity – What is the role of planners in promoting equity? During this time of racial reckoning in America and beyond, what can we do as planners to make sure our work contributes to equity? The APA adopted and published the Planning for Equity Policy Guide in May 2019. According to the policy guide “Planning for Equity means applying an equity lens- for just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate, prosper and reach their full potential- to everything planners do.” The planning profession has played a past and present role in perpetuating discriminatory practices against communities of color, LGBTQ communities, women, and persons with disabilities. As planners we need to be aware of this history and actively work to ensure we change course. During this hour we will review the policy guide, what it means to have “equity in all policies” and discuss how principles of equity can be applied in our daily practice. Elizabeth Burks AICP (LACO Associates) and Meghan Ryan (Humboldt County) will present.

Registar at the link below: 


Join us for our first ever Celebrating Cities event!
July 9, 2020

Join us for our first ever Celebrating Cities event! We will be hearing from City of Oxnard Community Development Director Jeffrey Lambert and Planning Manager Scott Kolwitz on current City planning projects and lessons learned.

Use the Zoom link provided below for event access and registration. Reach out to Rachel Raynor at rcraynor@rrmdesign.com with any questions. Cannot make the live event? We will be recording the event and posting to our website afterwards.


Central Coast APA Offers Free Job Posting Opportunities
July 6, 2020

In recognition of hard economic times in effect as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, and in support of both planners and organizations, the Central Coast Section’s Executive Board of Directors has decided to waive all fees for planning-related job postings through September 30, 2020.

Visit https://centralcoastapa.org/job-listing to add your organization’s latest opening(s) to the Central Coast Section’s website.

Registration is open for the Planning in an Era of Pre-Emption Webinar
July 10, 2020

Do you still need to fulfill your mandatory CM credits for Law? Want to learn more about how recent housing legislation pre-empts local planning? Get registered for this Law event.

Planning in an Era of Pre-Emption

California is experiencing the nationwide trend of state legislation seeking to address the housing crisis, with numerous bills preempting local planning procedures. This session will review recent legislation – including SB 330, the suite of ADU bills, and the Housing Accountability Act – that have limited ad hoc review tools in favor of predictable and objective standards for residential projects. The session will discuss other pending California legislation and examples from other states that seek to re-think zoning exclusively for single-family residences.




APA California Chapter/APA California Northern Section

Annual Law Training Program Webinar

July 10, 2020, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PT

CM|1.50 (pending); CM Law|1.50 (pending)

Register now at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ghn4dQtiQZ2TNM5OAyq_Vw

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First Career Panel Series Recordings Available.
June 29, 2020

If you missed our first Career Panel Series, watch the recording at the link below. Our panelists spoke to students and recent graduates about the current job / internship market given effects from COVID-19.


Statement on racism, equity, and our profession’s responsibility.
June 11, 2020



As Adopted June 09, 2020 by the Board of Directors

The American Planning Association (APA) Central Coast Section Board of Directors share the anguish and frustration felt by so many in our community and our nation pertaining to the senseless murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. We also grieve for the loss of Black lives such as Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, and countless others who have perished due to discrimination and police violence.

We condemn and reject racism and discrimination in all of its forms and stand in solidarity with communities of color. We recognize and acknowledge that communities of color are disproportionately impacted by forces and physical factors that result in poor health outcomes, lack of economic opportunities, and violence. We also recognize and acknowledge that our profession historically has failed at righting these wrongs and at times has contributed directly to institutionalized discrimination through harmful practices such as redlining/racially exclusionary land use regulations, urban renewal, and other non-equitable historical actions. We strongly condemn such actions and commit ourselves to correcting our profession’s mistakes and silence by promoting diversity and equity in our professional actions.

The American Institute of Certified Planner Code of Ethics states:

“We shall seek social justice by working to expand choice and opportunity for all persons, recognizing a special responsibility to plan for the needs of the disadvantaged and to promote racial and economic integration. We shall urge the alteration of policies, institutions, and decisions that oppose such needs.”

We encourage you to read the APA National Statement on Righting the Wrongs of Racial Inequality and  the APA California Chapter President’s Message, as well as explore APA California’s Implicit Bias and Cultural Training Materials. We look forward to working with our membership, our allies, and the Central Coast communities to focus on providing equitable planning outcomes for all communities. We will be sharing resources, training materials, and an action plan going forward that the APA Central Coast is committed to implementing.

The APA Central Coast Section affirms these goals and commits itself towards true equity and inclusion as an organization, as practicing professionals, and as individual citizens. Creating truly equitable, sustainable, and healthy communities requires being actively anti-racist in all that we do. Further, we commit to take an active role in condemning racism in all its forms and reshaping our communities to be more just, equitable, and to ensure shared prosperity for all who call the Central Coast home.



American Planning Association, Central Coast Section Board of Directors

June 09, 2020


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