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City of sacramento planning Academy

2017 Citizen's Planning Academy walking tour by Golden 1 center 

City of Sacramento Planning Academy is a free, eleven-class course designed to educate and engage Sacramento residents and business owners about current planning issues and City plans underway in Sacramento.  Participants can expect to learn about the City’s planning process and how planning shapes our community, with the opportunity to discuss Sacramento's future with a cohort of civic leaders. The course objective is to provide participants knowledge, skills, and connections to encourage civic engagement in the planning process.  Participants will have the opportunity to engage directly with staff leading a range of planning efforts including the Sacramento 2040 General Plan, the Climate Action & Adaptation Plan, Transportation Priorities Plan, Stockton Boulevard Plan, the 2022-2030 Housing Element, the Accessory Dwelling Unit Resource Enter, Missing Middle Housing Strategy, Existing Building Electrification Strategy.  Upon completion of the program, participants will be effective advocates in future City of Sacramento planning efforts. 

2023 Program Date:  Monday evenings, March 5-May 16, 2023, 5:30-7:30pm

Planning Academy prepares participants to:

  • Understand the most pressing issues affecting residents of Sacramento, and how local planning efforts can be leveraged to affect change.
  • Understand how plans developed today will shape Sacramento's future, including its physical, economic, and social landscapes.
  • Effectively engage in and inform public planning processes.
  • Build on the discussions and lessons learned in the Planning Academy to better serve the community, particularly to help other community members effectively engage in the planning process in meaningful ways and enact positive change.

Who is eligible to participate?

Planning Academy seeks applicants who are:

  • City residents and/or City business owners, and/or work for a Community Based Organization (CBO) that serves the City of Sacramento community.
  • At least 16 years of age
  • Able to commit to all eleven weeks of the course, as well as approximately one hour of class preparation per week, which may include videos, podcasts, short articles, and document review to prepare for engaged discussion.

How are applicants evaluated?

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria. Only completed applications that have followed the application guidelines will be reviewed:

1. Location of residence, business, or property ownership within the City of Sacramento limits.  We aim to form a diverse cohort of participants representing all areas of the City, with an emphasis on people who may be traditionally or historically underrepresented in the planning and development process.  Those from identified Environmental Justice communities are particularly encouraged to apply.

2. Level of involvement in community groups or organizations that benefit communities in the City of Sacramento.

3.  Demonstrated interest in applying what is learned in Planning Academy to engage in the planning process to support Sacramento neighborhoods and organizations, or otherwise improve the Sacramento community.

Planning Academy is free.  The City of Sacramento receives many applications for a limited number of program slots.  Interested participants should ensure their availability for all session dates (listed above) before applying.  Planning Academy is a hybrid program, with the first and last sessions being held in person, and the rest virtually on Monday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm.  The program also includes optional in-person tours (walking and light rail) on two Saturday mornings.  The course culminates in a celebration of participants at City Council.

Applications for the 2023 City of Sacramento Planning Academy will be open from Monday, December 5, 2022 through Monday, January 30, 2023.




Laura Tuller, Associate Planner
(916) 808-3546