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Citizens' planning Academy

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

The Citizens' Planning Academy is an eleven-class course designed to educate and engage residents, business and community leaders about the City’s planning process and how planning shapes our community. The course objective is to assist participants in becoming more effective and informed advocates in future City of Sacramento planning efforts, and to encourage positive engagement in the planning process.

Sessions are designed to include discussion, presentations, Q&A, interactive group exercises, and field trips. Presenters/speakers include City staff, local architects and planning professionals, elected officials, and building industry leaders.

Classes cover a broad spectrum of planning topics and issues, including:

  • The basic tools used by Sacramento City planners
  • How development projects are reviewed
  • A range of current planning topics and issues

The Citizens' Planning Academy will give participants the information needed to:

  • Participate in future City of Sacramento planning efforts
  • Identify elements of successful development projects
  • Identify the regional benefits and impacts associated with smart growth development versus urban sprawl
  • Educate other community members about effective engagement in the planning process

Classes will take place on Monday evenings and two Saturday mornings.  The course culminates in a graduation ceremony before the Sacramento City Council.

Applications for the Spring 2020 Citizens' Planning Academy will be open from December 17, 2019 to January 10, 2020.

Planning Academy Application


3/9/20:  Welcome, Objectives, Overview of the Course, Planning 101

3/16/20:  Regional Planning and the General Plan

3/23/20: Smart Growth + Reinvesting in Our Communities

3/30/20: Project Planning and Design Review

4/6/20:   Affordable Housing

4/13/20:  Historic Preservation and CEQA

4/18/20: Bus Tour (Saturday)

4/20/20:The Development Review Process in the Real World

4/27/20:   Transportation Planning

5/2/20:  Central City Walking Tour (Saturday)
5/4/20:  Climate Change and Adaptation

5/11/20:  Planning for Economic Development

5/18/20:  Panel Discussion-Smart Growth and Citizen Involvement

5/26/20:  Graduation - Reception



Greta Soos, Assistant Planner
(916) 808-2027


2018 Citizens' Planning Academy