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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 residents and business owners about the City’s planning process and how planning shapes our community. The course objective is to provide participants knowledge, skills, and connections to encourage civic engagement in the planning process.  Upon completion of the program, participants will be effective advocates in future City of Sacramento planning efforts. 

Virtual sessions will include presentations, discussions, and interactive group exercises.  The program will include several optional outdoor events.  Speakers will include City staff, local architects, planning professionals, and community advocates.

Sessions cover a broad spectrum of planning and development topics:

  • The basic tools used by Sacramento City planners
  • A range of current planning topics and issues, including Environmental Justice, Affordable Housing, Zoning and Land Use, Inclusive Economic Development, and Climate Action Planning

Planning Academy prepare participants to:

  • Understand the most pressing issues affecting residents of Sacramento, and how local planning efforts can be used to effect change.
  • Identify the regional benefits and challenges associated with infill development.
  • Educate other community members about how to effectively engage in the planning process.

Who is eligible to participate?

Planning Academy seeks applicants who are:

  • City residents and/or City business owners.
  • At least 16 years of age
  • Able to commit to all eleven weeks of the course.

How are applicants evaluated?

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria. Only completed applications that have followed the application guidelines stated 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 City Council districts, with an emphasis on people who may be traditionally or historically underrepresented in the planning and development process.

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 and improve the Sacramento community.

Planning Academy is free.  Sessions will take place virtually on Monday evenings and in-person (outside) on two Saturday mornings.  The course culminates in a celebration of participants.

Applications for the 2022 Planning Academy will be open from Monday, December 13, 2021 to Monday, February 7, 2022.



The course will run from March 7-May 16, 2022.



Laura Tuller, Associate Planner
(916) 808-3546


2018 Citizens' Planning Academy