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March 2017

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March 13, 2017

MARCH 2017 Newsletter

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SVS CONGRATULATES NEW AICP MEMBERS!a

The Sacramento Valley Section would like to congratulate and welcome the following members that passed the November 2016 AICP exam. The Section commends these new AICP members on their efforts!

Gregory Behrens, AICP (Davis)

Neil Smolen, AICP (Sacramento)

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bCONNECT WITH THE 2017 APA CALIFORNIA CONFERENCE

The Sacramento Valley Section conference host committee has been busy behind the scenes getting things ready for planners from all over California to come to Sacramento in September. To keep up with what is going on for the conference, please connect on social media:


 

- Hashtag: #APACA2017

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/APACAConf/       

- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/APACAConf/

- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7036386

- Twitter: https://twitter.com/APACAConf/

Save the Date! 2017 California APA Conference September 23-26

Centering around the conference theme of "Capitalizing On Our Diversity," the 2017 conference of the California Chapter of the American Planning Association will explore aspects of diversity in different planning contexts, in the setting of our State's vibrant capital city. Please mark your calendars and join us for the 2017 statewide conference to be held on September 23-26, 2017, at the Sacramento Convention Center! 

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NOMINATE YOUR FAVORITE PLACE FOR THE GREAT PLACES IN CALIFORNIA AWARD- DUE MARCH 17c

The California Chapter of the American Planning Association is pleased to announce the 3rd annual Great Places in California Awards. A Great Place in California is one that exemplifies character, quality and excellent planning. It can be anywhere from the beach to the mountains, from a large city to a small community. It can be a vibrant downtown, a suburban gathering place, a historic small town, a public park, or preserved open space. Most important, it must be a place where people want to be! Three awards will be selected in 2017. Please see the nomination form for additional information on the Great Place in California recognition.  Nominations that did not receive a Great Place in California previously are eligible to apply again. Nominations are due Friday, March 17, 2016.  Go here to submit:  https://www.memberleap.com/members/form_edit.php?org_id=APAC&fid=2125959

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ULI RIVERFRONT PROGRAM - MARCH 24 

The Urban Land Institute - Sacramento, in partnership with the City of Sacramento and the City of West Sacramento, is sponsoring an exciting program on Riverfront Development, featuring experts from four cities across the nation.  Hear from these experts about real strategies and focused efforts around leadership, investment, design, programming, maintenance, partnerships and management that have created exciting environments and laid the foundation for the private sector to invest millions in supporting development. More information and registration can be found at: http://sacramento.uli.org/events/riverfront-development-program/

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YPG HAPPY HOUR AT COIN-OP - MARCH 29e

Do you have game?? Join YPG this month at the Coin-Op for our bi-monthly happy hour! Join us for a fun night of networking and socializing as we meet for drinks, games and get to know fellow young planners in the Sacramento Region. We will also have a couple members of our Sacramento Valley Section APA Board present, so be sure to stop by and introduce yourself!

Bring your friends and some cash quarters! (There's a vending machine that dispenses quarters but it is cash only). We hope to see you there!

When:  March 29, 2017

Where: The Coin-Op, 908 K St.  Look for the YPG tabletop banner!

Time:  5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

RSVP to the EventBrite here and on Facebook! 

For more details and information, email YPG Chair Yassi Sarvian (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any questions.

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SPRING SAUNTER ALONG "R" STREET - APRIL 2f

Join the Sacramento Inter-Association of Emerging Professionals for an afternoon spring saunter along historic R Street! We will hear about individual projects such as the Warehouse Artist Lofts and Ice Blocks from developers and architects, as well as the vision for revitalizing this vibrant area of downtown Sacramento. More details to come!

                                           When:   April 2, 2017

Where: TBD!

Time:    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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SVS 2016 AWARDS Nominations - Due APRIL 7

Streamlined SVS APA Awards Application Now Available! Nominate innovative plans and projects; distinguished APA members, agencies, and firms; and planning achievements in the Sacramento Valley Section.

Applicants need only to submit one CD-ROM or Flash drive (or email the entire submittal) of the following items:

  • Completed application;
  • One page summary description;
  • Award criteria;
  • Letter(s) of support (optional, not required);
  • A digital copy of the project or plan or a link to a website; and
  • Five digital images.

Nominations for the APA SVS 2016 Planning Awards are due April 7, 2017. Materials received after this date will not be accepted and will not be returned.

Please visit http://www.svsapa.org/ for more information, or contact Awards Coordinators, Harriet Ross, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jessica Law at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Submit electronically, or send/drop off all application material to Jessica Law at Delta Stewardship Council, 980 9th Street, Suite 1500, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Descriptions of the following award categories can be found at the APA California Awards Program Policy: https://www.apacalifornia.org/events/awards-program/. All awards submittals must be in compliance with the policy.

  • Opportunity and Empowerment
  • Comprehensive Planning: Large Jurisdiction (pop. 100,000+)
  • Comprehensive Planning: Small Jurisdiction (pop. less than 100,000)
  • Implementation: Large Jurisdiction (pop. 100,000+)
  • Implementation: Small Jurisdiction (pop. less than 100,000)
  • Innovation in Green Community Planning
  • Economic Planning and Development
  • Transportation Planning
  • Best Practices
  • Grassroots Initiative
  • Public Outreach
  • Urban Design
  • Planning Advocate
  • Planning Firm (private sector)
  • Planning Agency (public sector)
  • Emerging Planning and Design Firm
  • Advancing Diversity and Social Change
  • Academic
  • Communications Initiative
  • Hard-Won Victory
  • Planning Landmark
  • Planning Pioneer
  • Distinguished Service
  • Distinguished Contribution
  • Section Activity
  • Planner Emeritus Network (PEN)

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CALL FOR SVS AWARDS JURORS- Due APRIL 7h

Have you always wanted to serve as an Awards Juror for the SVS APA Awards Program? Now's your chance; the 5-person jury will be reviewing all award submittals, deliberating the merits of each submittal, and selecting a winner for each category. Award deliberations will be held on May 5, 2017 in Sacramento. Please send your resume to Jessica Law, Awards Coordinator, at

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested. 

Nominations for Awards Jurors are due April 7, 2017.

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SACOG INFILL & REDEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP - APRIL 13i

SACOG is hosting a day-long Workshop on Infill and Redevelopment Strategies.  Learn best practices for improving centers and corridors in rural and urban communities in order to create more walkable, livable, and resilient places, and meet the goals of the Sacramento Regional Blueprint and the Sustainable Communities Strategy. 

The program is organized by SACOG and Portland State University's Urban Sustainability Accelerator (USA), which has worked with a number of communities in the region.  Topics include:

  • National and regional trends in infill and redevelopment (and related demographic and real estate trends)
  • Progress and lessons learned by local communities in promoting infill and redevelopment
  • Infill and redevelopment in historic downtowns, on main streets, and along suburban commercial strip corridors
  • "Developer for a Day" - a workshop by Michele Reeves of Civilis Consulting
  • District revitalization: how to attract redevelopment and new infill
  • SACOG's infill and redevelopment initiatives, and plans for the future

Presenters include SACOG's new CEO James Corless, redevelopment consultant Michele Reeves of Civilis Consulting, and several others.  An agenda will be available soon.
 
Join other local government staff, elected officials, developers, business leaders, and non-profit leaders in this educational workshop, made possible by funding awarded to SACOG through the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC).
 
RSVP required, as there are a limited number of spaces for the event. To reserve a space and register (and communicate your lunch preferences) please contact Judy Walton at the Urban Sustainability Accelerator: 503-725-5839 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When: Thursday, April 13, 2017

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) 1415 L St, # 300
Cost:  $15 (for lunch) - payable at event

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jMAY 2017 AICP EXAM PREPARATION

The Sacramento Valley Section will be offering AICP exam preparation for the May 2017 exam. Preparation sessions will provide an overview of the exam, which has been newly updated, and give a road map for studying. For more information about preparation sessions and participating in a study group, please contact Blake Roberts, Section Professional Development Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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2017 NATIONAL PLANNING CONFERENCE IN NYC - MAY 6-9k

Registration is open for APA's 2017 National Planning Conference in New York. NPC17 will be the premier planning event of the year, with hundreds of options for tours, advanced training, mobile workshops, special events, and opportunities to network with planners from across the country and around the world. 

Reserve your place today!

Register here!

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REMINDER TO GET YOUR CM CREDITS BEFORE MAY 31STl

AICP members have a five-month grace period to continue earning and logging credits for the 2015-2016 reporting period. AICP members must complete 32 CM credits, including 1.5 CM credits toward ethics and law. If you have earned the required credits but not yet logged them, we encourage you to do so now.

National and State APA have numerous resources for completing your credits, including the 2017 National Planning Conference in New York City May 6-9, 2017. Go to the National APA website and APA California website (under "CM Credit Opportunities") for more information.

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GET INVOLVED IN YOUR LOCAL APAM



The Sacramento Valley Section Board is seeking a Division Director for the Cascade Division. The Cascade Division includes the counties and cities within Shasta, Siskiyou, Lassen, and Modoc counties. The primary duties of the Cascade Division Director include: 1) providing input to the Section Board related to the special needs of members of the Cascade Division, and 2) organizing events for members of the Division. This is a fantastic opportunity for those looking to get more involved with APA and have more opportunities to interact with fellow planners in the Sacramento Valley. If you are interested in this appointed Board position, please contact either Tricia Stevens (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Acting Section Director, or Chelsey Payne (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Section Secretary for additional information.

Are you looking for a chance to explore APA leadership but don't know if you have the time? Check out the Programs Subcommittee. Our first meeting will be in February and we will be planning for 2017 events and programs. If you're interested (or just want to explore and know more), email Elizabeth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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APA CALIFORNIA LAUNCHES COMMUNITY PLANNING ASSISTANCE TEAM (CPAT) PROGRAMn

APA California has launched a program to provide volunteer professional planning assistance to financially constrained municipalities and community groups throughout California and Baja California. More information on the CPAT program and how to apply is available here.

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PLANNING ADVISORY SERVICE PUBLICATIONS NOW FREE ONLINE FOR APA MEMBERSo

Starting January 1st, National APA has given members open access to all online Planning Advisory Service (PAS) publications. This includes complete access to current and archived publications that historically have been available only by subscribing to PAS. Only PAS subscribers will receive PAS Reports in print.

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SVS APA JOINS THE CAPITAL REGION CLIMATE READINESS COLLABORATIVE

SVS APA is pleased to become a Channel Partner of this Collaborative (CRC)!  The CRC is a membership-based network working together for greater coordination on building climate resiliency across sectors and jurisdictions in the Capital Region. The region includes the six-county Capital Region (Sacramento, Yolo, Yuba, Sutter, El Dorado, and Placer) and consists of organizations, governments, and businesses that are interested in collaborating to work toward our shared goals for the region.  

The CRC is uniquely situated to engage with initiatives that come through the State Capitol and to assist with their dissemination and implementation to further regional resilience.  CRC also engages in the Alliance of Regional Collaborates for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA), a network of regional collaborates coordinating statewide climate adaptation efforts.  SVS APA will provide our members with information and participation opportunities as we move forward.

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UC BERKELEY OFFERS TRANSPORTATION PLANNING TRAINING SERIES

The Technology Transfer Program (Tech Transfer), a division of the UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies, is offering a Transportation Planning training series that features the hottest topics in professional practice today, including innovative bikeways, parking management, TODs, BRT planning, commercial site development, VMT analysis, and multimodal operations. AICP CM credits are available. Featured courses are subsidized for California local agency employees under the Caltrans Cooperative Training Assistance Program.

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UC DAVIS EXTENSION OFFERS LAND USE AND NATURAL RESOURCES COURSES - SPRING

UC Davis Extension offers a variety of courses and programs that focus on two of our most precious resources - the environment and the people who live and work in it. Our Land Use and Natural Resources program is the largest of its kind in the western United States, meeting the continuing education needs of planners, attorneys, resource managers, government officials, developers and others involved in the planning process and the management of environmental resources. Learn more.

To enroll or for more information and a full list of what we offer, visit UC Davis Extension at www.extension.ucdavis.edu/land or call (800) 752-0881.

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sUC SAN DIEGO NEW ONLINE CERTIFICATE IN CEQA PRACTICE

The CEQA Practice certificate offers environment and land use professionals a unique opportunity to gain the knowledge and practical skills vital to professional practice.  The curriculum is designed to develop industry-relevant skills for today's marketplace and is appropriate for entry-level and more seasoned practitioners.

For more information: see FLYER

Fiona O'Donnell-Lawson- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (858) 534-8139

extension.UCD.edu/CEQA

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FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS

Last month YPG hosted a non-traditional Planner's Pint Night featuring Dan Henderson of Esri, who demonstrated exciting new technologies available to planners. We had a lively discussion about emerging trends in technology and different ways to convey information to the public. Hope some of you were able to catch us on Facebook Live and Instagram Live, and thanks to all that attended in person. Be sure to look for our next Planner's Pint Night in April - hope to see you there!

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HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT THE SVS ONLINE SHOP YET?

The Sac Valley Section has a new webpage through Cafe Press where you can order a large variety of items with the SVS logo including custom men's and women's t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, stainless steel water bottles, stickers, reusable shopping bags, hats, laptop sleeves, phone cases, lunch totes, and more. Perfect for coworker gifts, family and friends, or a little something for yourself. 

 

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CONTACT INFORMATION

If you would like to get more information on the Sacramento Valley Section or to volunteer, please Tricia Stevens, AICP, Acting Section Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Chelsey Payne, AICP, Secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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