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New Planner Arrives on Central Coast
June 23, 2019

The Central Coast Section sends its most heartfelt congratulations to Tess Harris and her growing family as they welcome Nelle Lillian Morain! Nelle was born to parents Tess and Tony on June 4th, 2019.

Tess Harris is an active member of the Central Coast Section’s Executive Board of Directors as the Santa Barbara Sub-Section Director. Additionally, Tess is a leading figure in preparing for the 2019 APA California Conference in Santa Barbara later this year as a conference co-chair.

Congratulations Nelle, Tess, and Tony!

May 28, 2019

 Planners and Professional Colleagues gathered for the 2019 APACA Central Coast Planning Awards on May 4, 2019.  The event was held at the spectacular "Top of the Harbor" located at Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach. Cocktails and Appetizers kicked off the evening along with some jazz playing the background.  The Awards event started at about 6:30 and a delicious dinner was served.  Following the dinner, the five jurors presented the awards.   For this year, there were five Award of Excellence winners, and they are eligible to apply to the State for an APACA Award.   There were also four Award of Merit winners representing the best planning efforts for the Central Coast area.  At the end of the night, we all had fun with a Casino Night to benefit the California Planning Foundation (CPF)!  A total of $680 was raised and awesome prizes were raffled off.  Click here to see photos from the event that were shared on Facebook.


If you missed the event this year, plan on attending next year in Santa Barbara! 


The Awards:



City of Goleta Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
City of Goleta and KTUA

Ventura Triangle
City of Ventura Community Development Department and JDA West, LLC

Power Struggle: How Oxnard Turned the Tide of California’s Energy Future
City of Oxnard and Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE)

Tiny Homes on Wheels Ordinance
City of San Luis Obispo Community Development Department

Thomas Fire Recovery Plan
Jeffrey Lambert, AICP, Dave Ward, AICP, Yolanda Bundy, 
and the City of Ventura Community Development Department


Ojai Valley Dark Sky Overlay Zone
Tricia Maier, Ruchita Kadakia, and the County of Ventura Planning Division

Avenue of the Flags Specific Plan
City of Buellton

Paso Robles Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
City of Paso Robles and KTUA

Restore the Community: A Disaster Recovery Resource Developed Specifically for Planners
April Durham, PhD, Lilly Rudolph, AICP, Jennifer Haddow, PhD, and Rincon Consultants, Inc.

APA California Legislative Update (May 2019)
May 24, 2019

By Eric Phillips, Vice President Policy and Legislation; Sande George, APA California Lobbyist; and Lauren De Valencia y Sanchez, APA California Lobbyist 

Follow this link to read the complete update.

Here's an excerpt: "Now that the first policy committee deadline has passed, legislators are focused on passing all bills out of their house on or before May 31st. During this time focus has also shifted back to the budget, which must be passed by June 15th. The Governor’s May Revise was released and budget hearings will be ramping up to ensure the budget is passed on time."

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Report on Regional Water Planning for Climate Resilience - AVAILABLE
May 24, 2019

The American Planning Association (APA) Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division has recently completed a research report / policy handbook, Regional Water Planning for Climate Resilience. The report includes an analysis of nationwide trends in the area of integrated water planning, along with case studies that discuss approaches to integrated water planning and climate resilience in six different regions in the US, including San Diego County. 

Follow this link to the final report, which can be downloaded at no charge.

County of Ventura Planning Division Recruiting CivicSpark Fellow for the 2019-20 Service Year
May 24, 2019 to June 2, 2019

The County of Ventura Planning Division is partnering with CivicSpark, a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program that places recent college graduates with public agencies, NGOs, and state agencies throughout the state for 11 months. In collaboration with host organization staff, CivicSpark Fellows implement a needed resiliency project, while also building long-term capacity to ensure the work is sustained after their service year is completed.

Through the CivicSpark Fellowship, the Planning Division is looking for a Fellow for the 2019-20 service year (August 2019 – July 2020) to assist with updates to the County Housing Element. The Fellow will work with the Planning Division staff to update the County’s Housing Element, which will determine land use policy decisions that will facilitate housing production in the next decade. The Fellow will have the opportunity to research, analyze and present housing solutions in an engaging way for County decision makers and the public to consider when adopting the new Housing Element.

CivicSpark FellowsThe Planning Division is looking for candidates that have an interest in the social, economic and environmental challenges faced by communities in the context of land use policies for housing development. The Fellow should have the ability to meet self-imposed deadlines, work in a highly collaborative environment as well as independently and be resourceful in using tools to keep project elements organized and running smoothly. Most importantly, the selected Fellow should possess a strong ability to synthesize and summarize complex information for the public and decision makers through graphically rich work-products. Basic Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel skills and good writing and analytical skills are important as well.

Learn more about CivicSpark by visiting their website at http://civicspark.lgc.org/.


 CivicSpark Benefits

As AmeriCorps Members CivicSpark Fellows have the opportunity to make an impact in their community while gaining valuable career and life experience. In exchange for their service, each Fellow will receive the following benefits:

●       A living allowance of approximately $20,000+ (before taxes) spread evenly over 11 months

●       Segal Education Award of $6,095 at the completion of service

●       Forbearance on existing qualifying student loans and payment of interest accrued during service

●       SNAP (CalFresh/Food Stamps) benefits to those who qualify

●       Health insurance

●       Childcare assistance to qualifying Fellows, paid to an eligible provider of your choice

●       Significant professional development training

●       Valuable experience in a critical environmental or social equity field

●       Network development with regional and statewide contacts.


CivicSpark Qualifications

Applicants MUST be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S., and must complete Department of Justice (DOJ), State, and NSOPR background checks prior to service. Applicants must also have:

●       A 4-year undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s) in a relevant field from an accredited college or university.

●       Strong communication (both verbal and written) and teamwork skills; some experience with outreach, facilitation, and/or grassroots organizing is preferred.

●       The capability to work in a professional office setting up to 40 hours a week.

●       Commitment to the full term of service (11 months).

 This is an equal opportunity position and we prefer to place a candidate who already lives in the community being served.


Application Instructions

Apply for the CivicSpark Fellowship online at civicspark.lgc.org/join-civicspark/fellow/. The priority deadline for applying is June 1, 2019. Candidates selected for interviews will be contacted on a rolling basis.

NPC 2019 Recap
April 20, 2019

NPC2019, which took place in San Francisco April 13-16 was inspiring. Though only there for a short stint to represent and hype up APA CA in Santa Barbara this September, I truly appreciated the opportunity to meet many planning professionals, ranging from just starting out in their careers to more seasoned vets, in addition to many out of state planners, with a variety of different perspectives. The chance to meet new people, build new relationships, and strengthen existing ones was not missed by this National Planning Conference. We cannot wait to see you in Santa Barbara in September to continue the conversation and then on to NPC2020 in Houston!

#planners #planning #apa #npc2019 #apaca2019 #sanfrancisco



Rachel Raynor

APA CA 2019 Co-Chair


Join the APA California Board - Deadline to Submit a Nomination is April 16th!
March 31, 2019 to April 16, 2019

Message from Pete Parkinson, AICP, Past-president for APA California:

Have you ever thought about stepping up to a leadership position with APA California? This year our members will vote to fill five leadership positions on the Chapter’s Board of Directors. These positions are described briefly below, but you should visit the APA California website for full information and how to submit nominations and candidacy forms. The deadline for submitting nomination materials is April 16, 2019.

This is an exciting time for APA California, the largest APA chapter in the country. Our membership is growing, especially student and new professional members, and our financial position is solid. This puts the Chapter in a great position to increase and improve member services, like distance and online education, certification maintenance and legislative advocacy. As the voice of professional planning in California, our Chapter and its members are regarded as the go-to experts on planning issues ranging from housing to CEQA to environmental justice. But, as the saying goes, “it takes a village” to run a 6,000-member organization, and that’s where our members and leadership team comes in.

Taking on a leadership position involves hard work, but you’ll be rewarded with experience that will pay dividends throughout your career. You will learn new skills and have great opportunities for collaboration and networking. You will form new relationships that you’ll treasure throughout your career.

Here are the five board positions that are up for election in 2019. Each position will serve a two-year term starting in January 2020 (except the President-elect, see below):

  • President-elect. The APA California President is the public face of our Chapter and the leader of our Board of Directors. The Chapter President is also a member of the Chapter President’s Council at APA National. The President-elect serves a one-year term before taking over as Chapter President for two years, followed by one more year on the Board as past-President.

  • Vice-President for Administration. The VP Administration works with the Chapter’s paid staff to oversee the financial and business aspects of our organization. This position also oversees the Chapter’s annual awards program.

  • Vice-President for Public Information. The VP Public Information is responsible for production of our newsletter, CalPlanner, as well as our other communications channels including the Chapter website and social media.

  • Vice-President for Marketing and Membership. The primary role of this position is to develop and oversee programs to improve membership retention and expand Chapter membership.

  • Vice-President for Diversity and Equity. This is a new board position created in 2018 (and filled by a board appointment) to promote understanding of diverse and inclusive perspectives within the organization and the planning profession and to promote the recruitment, support and retention of planners of color in the planning profession and in APA California.

If you are interested in any of these positions, start by visiting the Chapter website here. If you have questions, please contact APA California past-President, Pete Parkinson, AICP, at pete.parkinson54@gmail.com.

SLOCOG Seeks Statements of Qualifications for Qualified Consultant List
March 31, 2019 to May 8, 2019

The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) is seeking statements of qualifications (SOQs) to include consulting firms on its Qualified Consultant List (QCL). The QCL is a list of consultants qualified for certain types of services, which serves as a starting point for expedited procurement of consulting services for smaller contracts. It assists in the timely and efficient delivery of services while ensuring quality, experience, and professional competence.

Applicant submissions are due no later than May 8, 2019. Details available on the SLOCOG website at slocog.org/about/opportunities

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LOVESLO Annual Day of Service
March 22, 2019

LOVESLO 2019LOVESLO Annual Service Day was a success!

The event included over 1,000 volunteers who gathered at Old Mission Plaza in Downtown San Luis Obispo. Volunteers organized and split into different teams that spread across the City to take on different service projects, such as Downtown Clean Up or Clean Up at various city parks. To see and hear community members support and encouragement was invigorating and engaging. What a cool opportunity to come together with a bunch of fellow residents and give back to this place we call home. As a planner, I take full pride and ownership of being a steward of the land. This was my first year participating and trust me I’ll be back next year!

More information on LOVESLO is avaialble at loveslo.com.

Submitted by Rachel Raynor, Director Elect, Central Coast Section of APA California.

Governor Newsom Announces Legislative Proposals To Confront The Housing Cost Crisis
March 13, 2019


An unprecedented $750 million in support would help cities plan and zone for new housing. Legislative proposal lays out plan to update and modernize cities’ housing goals to better reflect regional workforce and transportation needs. Governor Newsom: “Our state’s affordability crisis is undermining the California Dream and the foundations of our economic well-being” 

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced a major legislative proposal as part of his $1.75 billion package to confront the housing cost crisis. The new proposal sets higher short-term goals for housing that cities and counties must meet, and provides $750 million in support and incentives to help jurisdictions plan and zone for these higher, ambitious housing targets.

The proposal would also update and modernize the state’s long-term housing goals, known as Regional Housing Needs Allocations (RHNA), to better reflect regional housing and transportation needs.

This proposal is one part of Governor Newsom’s ambitious $1.75 billion housing package for 2019, which includes $1 billion in tax credits and loans to spur low, mixed and middle-income housing production through separate legislative and budget proposals.

“Our state’s affordability crisis is undermining the California Dream and the foundations of our economic well-being,” said Governor Newsom. “Families should be able to live near where they work. They shouldn’t live in constant fear of eviction or spend their whole paycheck to keep a roof overhead. That’s increasingly the case throughout California.” 

In January, Governor Newsom unveiled his $1.75 billion budget proposal to spur housing in California and called on the Legislature to provide relief and stabilization for renters. He signed an executive order to build affordable housing on excess state lands and announced first-of-its-kind legal action against a city, Huntington Beach, for standing in the way of affordable housing production and refusing to meet regional housing needs. In his State of the State address, he offered state assistance to the 47 California cities out of compliance with state housing requirements and invited city leaders to meetings with state housing officials in Long Beach and Sacramento. 

As part of the plan to address the housing cost crisis, the Governor proposes:
Accelerating and Incentivizing Housing Goals
Through these proposals, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) will establish new, higher short-term statewide housing goals for jurisdictions. HCD will adjust statewide targets for 2020 and 2021 and jurisdictions will be incentivized to accelerate their three-year RHNA goals to reach those benchmarks within two years. HCD will distribute increased targets to jurisdictions based on factors such as jobs, households, and affordability.
Jump-Starting Housing Production

The trailer bills provide $750 million in one-time funding to help jump-start housing production. $250 million will go to cities for planning towards their new, higher short-term housing goals. $500 million will go to cities as incentives as they meet certain milestones of planning and zoning for more housing.

Local governments will receive $250 million in grants to support technical assistance and staffing to adjust plans to reach the higher RHNA goals – half directly to cities, and half through regions. Regions will create action plans to identify process improvements, barriers to production, and other activities needed to increase production. Cities will receive $125 million to begin work on improving their processes. Another $125 million will be distributed to regions to plan and award to cities in accordance with regional plans. If a jurisdiction is in a region or county that has not submitted a plan, they can submit their own for HCD approval. HCD will identify a methodology to distribute incentive rewards to these unique jurisdictions.

An additional $500 million will be made available to cities in incentive grants. Beginning in 2021, incentive grants for general purposes will become available for jurisdictions that have made progress in implementing their plans and meeting increased production goals. Regions will develop the reward methodology, in furtherance of their regional housing plan goals, and with HCD approval. 

Steps Towards Long-Term Housing Reform
To make meaningful reforms to the housing crisis in California, all stakeholders must work collaboratively to develop sustainable, long-term solutions. California must take a more comprehensive approach to planning for housing and transportation. This new proposal will ensure that by December 31, 2022, HCD, in collaboration with the Office of Planning and Research (OPR), will engage stakeholders and propose an improved RHNA process and methodology. Working with the California State Transportation Agency and OPR, HCD will engage stakeholders and propose opportunities to link transportation and other non-housing funds with housing goals by the end of 2022. Beginning July 1, 2023, SB 1 Local Streets and Roads funds may be withheld from any jurisdiction that does not have a compliant housing element and has not zoned and entitled for its updated annual housing goals.

Expanding Middle Class Housing Opportunities
A separate trailer bill will propose the creation of a major, new investment in spurring new middle-class housing production. This will happen by providing funding to support the development of affordable housing critical to spurring affordable communities. The Governor’s proposal would allocate $500 million for the expansion of the State Housing Tax Credit Program. These funds would pair with the existing underutilized 4 percent affordable housing federal tax credit program -- targeted at new construction projects. Up to $200 million of this new allocation may allowably fund the creation of a new program targeting development of moderate-income housing -- for households of up to 120 percent of AMI -- a population not typically served by the state’s housing programs.

The final $500 million of the Governor’s housing package does not require a budget trailer bill. It is included in the proposed budget and proposes a $500 million General Fund one-time allocation to expand CalHFA’s Mixed-Income Loan Program. This investment would jumpstart the estimated $43 million in annual funding dedicated to this program and would pair with the proposed tax credit program described above. 

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