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Important Message

Central Section Board Elections

The ballot for the 2021 Board of Directors is now open until March 9. If you are a current APA member, you received a customized link via Survey Monkey on Monday, February 23 to submit your ballot. Check your inbox and fill-in your ballot by March 9.

Questions? Email

All About AICP

AICP Certification is the only nationwide, independent verification of planners' qualifications. Earn the AICP Certification and colleagues and employers will know that you have the academic qualifications, relevant work experience, and mastery of essential skills required to serve your community effectively.
The APA Central Section is offering two (2) AICP scholarships, of up to $500 each to help Central Valley planners cover the costs related to either the exam application or preparation. Members awarded the scholarships will receive the funds on a reimbursement-basis. Click here to apply.

Testing for the AICP exam will occur in May. Stay tuned for an article by Central Section Boardmember Jerome Keene on the importance of the AICP certification and how it applies to Central Valley planners. 

AICP Fellows Nominations

Have you (or someone you know) made exceptional and sustained contributions to the field? Have you been an AICP member for at least 15 years?  The nomination guidelines for the 2022 Class of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP) have now been released and submittal deadlines are fast approaching.  For full consideration, please submit your statement of interest to the Chapter by March 15, 2021. For more info on this honor, visit

We need your help to spread the word and to let us know about potential candidates seeking California Chapter nomination to the College of Fellows.  Please consider filling out this short questionnaire to indicate your own interest and/or to nominate others.

Questions? Contact California Nominating Committee Chair, Robert Olshansky, FAICP, Please also contact our membership chair if you'd like to be nominated  at


2021 APA California Awards Program


The purpose of the APA California Central Section Awards Program is to encourage quality in planning and increase the public’s awareness of the planning profession through recognizing outstanding achievement in the planning field. Each year, the Section looks forward to honoring the most outstanding efforts in planning. The program honors innovative plans and projects, distinguished APA members, and lay contributors to planning and achievements of the Central Section. For more information:

Award Application Deadline is Today!
Friday, March 5, 2021

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) News 

DEI Working Group

 Meeting on Wednesday, March 17, 2021
 9 am to 10 am
If you are interested in joining the Central Section working group to advance the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Central Valley, please be sure to email to receive more meeting information and confirmation. The January meeting agenda and minutes are located here:

NEW Book Club Pick!
DIY City

Upcoming Events

Tactical Urbanism Workshop

Thursday, April 8, 2021
5:00 to 6:00 p.m. 

Seeking Speakers for this exciting workshop!

On Thursday, April 8, 2021, from 5 – 6 p.m., the APA Central Section will hold a virtual “Pecha Kucha Happy Hour” focused on tactical urbanism. We want to highlight best practices here in our very own Cen Cal APA geographic area. Pecha Kucha is a fast-paced presentation style, where presenters share short, fun, and entertaining PowerPoints with slides moving forward automatically every 10-15 seconds. If your jurisdiction has been involved in tactical urbanism efforts, we want to hear from you! We are looking for a handful of presenters that want to share their efforts with our chapter in a fun and exciting format. The Pecha Kucha theme will be: “Adapting to COVID: Reclaiming the Streets through a Tactical Urbanism Approach.”

What is Tactical Urbanism?
Tactical Urbanism is a creative, hands-on approach of using flexible, low-cost, and short-term projects to advance and catalyze long-term goals related to neighborhood building, community attachment, street safety, and public space. Examples include: 
  • Parklets that accommodate temporary outdoor dining in parking spaces outside local businesses;
  • Painted mural crosswalks at busy intersections that illustrate traffic-calming and complete streets applications; 
  • Potted trees and flowers in community-painted pots that provide shade; 
  • Temporary enhancements to bus stops that showcase community character; and 
  • Other imaginative solutions led by neighborhood residents that support the built environment and community vitality.
If you would like to participate as a presenter, please contact Carolina Ilic, Programs Chair, at by Friday, March 12th. We look forward to a fun and innovative evening. This event will be limited to Central APA members. 

Event Recap

Missing Middle Housing Workshop 

On January 29, 2021, the Central APA Section and the Fresno Council of Governments partnered together to cosponsor a virtual workshop on Missing Middle Housing. The workshop, which featured Tony Perez of Opticos Design, Inc., was attended by over 200 people. For those that missed it, check out the link to the video on our web site at:

The workshop explored a variety of housing types that could help local jurisdictions meet their Housing Element requirements and address the housing crisis with a greater range of options that fit within the character of existing communities. One AICP CM credit is available. 
Check out our website!
Central Section Board
Jennifer Clark, AICP
Ralph Kachadourian
Eric VonBerg, MRP
Carolina Ilic, MCP, AICP
Rob Terry, MPA, AICP
Victoria Chung, MURP
Mario Anaya, MPA, AICP
Casey Lauderdale, MURP, AICP 
Jenna Chilingerian, MCRP
Tiffany Ho
Jerome Keene, MAS, AICP
Karl Schoettler (Sierra Retreat Chair)
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Jobs Posting
The Central Section will post job openings on our website for free! Please
e-mail Rob Terry at if you have a planning-related job opportunity in the Central Valley. 
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