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Citizen's planning Academy

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

The Citizen’s 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 Citizen’s 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 2019 Citizen’s Planning Academy class are now closed. Be on the look out for the 2020 application period, which will open around December of 2019.

Planning Academy Application


3/4/19:  Welcome, Objectives, Overview of the Course, Planning 101

 3/11/19:  Regional Planning and the General Plan

 3/18/19:  Planning and Development Code

3/25/19:  Affordable Housing

4/8/19:   Historic Preservation and CEQA

4/15/19:  The Development Review Process in the Real World

4/20/19: Bus Tour (Saturday)

4/22/19: Smart Growth

4/29/19:   Transportation Planning

5/4/19:  Central City Walking Tour (Saturday)
5/6/19:  Climate Change and Adaptation

5/13/19:  Planning for Economic Development

5/20/19:  Panel Discussion-Smart Growth and Citizen Involvement

5/28/19:  Graduation - Reception



Greta Soos, Assistant Planner
(916) 808-2027


2018 Citizen's Planning Academy