February 2021, the Central Coast Section brought back another popular Planning Academy series. The 2021 Planning Academy was organized as an 8-week virtual course conducted as a series of 1.5 to 2 hour sessions. It was geared toward professional planners, both veterans and early career, but had much to offer planning commissioners, community advocates, development professionals, academics, and others. The series also offered CM credits for participants interested in maintaining their AICP certification.The Planning Academy is hosted by APA Central Coast and highlights emerging and core topical areas in the planning profession such as environmental justice, affordable housing, climate action planning and adaptation, public space planning, emerging technology, and transportation planning.
Dates and Times: The series were hosted weekly on Wednesday evenings beginning at 5:30 p.m. The course’s first weekly session started on February 17, 2021.
Content and Session Descriptions: The 2021 Planning Academy was offered as a series of eight sessions with the common theme of social equity, environmental justice, and California-based planning. The academy featured speakers that are leading the industry in the respective topics. For the 2021 Planning Academy, APA Central Coast hosted these meetings on a digital platform. See syllabus for details.