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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


APA Planner Talk: Reopening on State Street with Robin Elander
June 5, 2020

Join APA’s Central Coast Section for its first APA Planner Talk where we dive into the reopening of State Street in downtown Santa Barbara following the recent Stay-at-Home Orders.

Robin Elander, Interim Executive Director for Downtown Santa Barbara, joins Clay Downing for a 30-minute video discussion on the details that went into recent changes along Santa Barbara’s State Street corridor. Ms. Elander shares insights into the changes that Santa Barbara has made to boost recovery efforts including the City’s emergency ordinance, expansions to active transportation options, new parklets, and energizing outdoor business activities.

Click to watch the video: Planner Talks (Ep.2): Reopening on State Street (28:54)

What is APA Planner Talks?

A series of APA-hosted video interviews and panel discussions conducted by Central Coast Section planners on local topics, trends, and issues. Have a recommendation for another APA Planner Talk? Send your recommendation to Clay Downing at centralcoastapa@gmail.com

Apply Now for AICP Certification and the November 2020 Exam
June 4, 2020

Have you been thinking about getting AICP certified? The application window for AICP Certification is open until June 26, 2020.

Get details on the certification process at https://planning.org/certification/ or start applying now at https://planning.org/certification/apply/.

AICP Certification Exam


Application Window Opens

June 1, 2020, 9:00 a.m. CT

Registration opens

June 1, 2020, 9:00 a.m. CT

Early Bird Deadline

June 8, 2020, 3:00 p.m. CT

Final Application Deadline

June 26, 2020, 3:00 p.m. CT

Registration Deadline

October 30, 2020, 3:00 p.m. CT

Exam Window

November 9–23, 2020

Urban Design in a Post-Covid World Presentation Available
May 29, 2020

If you missed Kobus Mentz great talk "Urban Design in a Post-Covid World", the cloud recording is now available at:

Password: 9L@5!e%U

 Although this was this spring's last talk in CRP's Zoom International Series, be alert for more in the fall!

Cloud Recording of Joao Freire's Talk
May 26, 2020

The Zoom cloud recording of Joao Freire's talk on Place Marketing and Destination Branding is now available at:



Password: 1f^$Y=Bt

Looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday, May 28, at 11:00 AM, for urbanist Kobus Mentz talk on Urban Design in a Post Covid-19 Era


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