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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 8 to 10 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 skills, fire and natural disaster resiliency, public engagement, housing, legislation and other matters with a focus on the unique needs in Section’s rural areas.


Applications are currently open and are due by June 30, 2023 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 must be prepared to cover lodging (one night each) and travel for the two in-person sessions.

Donate to R-PLAN

The R-PLAN program is in its first year and is providing valuable training, resources and networking to Planners working in rural cities and counties in and around the Sacramento Valley. To continue serving rural planners in our region, we are offering the opportunity to donate to R-PLAN. If R-PLAN might benefit you or your organization and you are interested in way to give back, consider sponsoring an R-PLAN session for the 2024 program year or consider donating to the Sacramento Valley Section by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get started. If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring a session, please contact the R-PLAN Steering Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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
  • Melanie Findling, Principal, Quercus Consulting
  • Juliana Lucchessi, Community Development Director, City of Yreka
  • Kate Rose, Director of Technical Assistance Programs at California Coalition for Rural Housing
  • Dave Schlegel, AICP, SVS Cascade Division Director, Senior Planner at Shasta County Resource Management Department


2023 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!

  • Section Visionary

  • Section Partner

  • Section Friend