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Planning Academy in Santa Barbara

Event Date: 
October 3, 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. 

Details and registration available at centralcoastapa.org/programs

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