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R-PLAN: Rural Planning Leadership and Academy Network

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R-PLAN Program Overview

Program Overview

The Rural Planning Leadership Academy and Network (R-PLAN) Program is designed specifically for Rural Planning Professionals working for Cities and Counties in our Section Area. The goal of this program is to support the professional development of rural planners. SVS APA encompasses the most geographically broad area within the California APA. We recognize the unique experiences and needs of our rural members, as well as the difficulties they may experience getting to in-person events typically held in the Sacramento core. The program will consist of 10 to 15  participants who will gather in an opening in person session; convene for five remote learning & sharing sessions focused around the rural experience; and end with an in-person event. Topics may include leadership and strength finder, fire and natural disaster resiliency, public and tribal engagement, transportation, fees, housing, legislation and other matters with a focus on the unique needs in the Section’s rural areas.

Click here to download R-PLAN Flyer.


Applications are currently open and are due by August 16, 2024 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There is a program cost of $400 and participants/employers must be prepared to cover lodging (one night each) and travel for the two in-person sessions.

Click here to complete online application.

R-PLAN Steering Committee

The R-PLAN Steering Committee is here to ensure the program meets your needs and provides an exceptional experience. Steering Committee members are:

  • Leighann Moffitt, AICP, SVS Treasurer and retired former Sacramento County Planning Director (Steering Committee Chair)
  • Paula Daneluk, AICP, Director, Butte County Department of Development Services
  • Julia Lave-Johnston, PLANWELL Consulting
  • Tracey Ferguson, AICP, Director, Plumas County Planning Department
  • Juliana Lucchessi, Community Development Director, City of Yreka
  • Dave Schlegel, AICP, SVS Cascade Division Director, Senior Planner at Shasta County Resource Management Department
  • Arwen Wacht, Principal Planner at Sutter County Development Services Department
  • Celia Yniguez


2024/2025 Section Sponsors

Without the support of our sponsors, many of the programs we offer would not be possible. Click the logos below to find out more about each sponsor.

To our sponsors -- Thank You!