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July News & Announcements

2020 Sierra Retreat at Lake Sequoia Cancelled

The APA Central Section is saddened to announce this highly anticipated annual retreat in August will be cancelled this year due to COVID-19. For the safety of our members and families the YMCA will not be opening up the camp site until further notice.

We hope that everyone that intended to go this year will join us at next year's retreat. To recap on this once a year event, it's a three-day retreat hosted at the YMCA's Sequoia Lake Summer Camp site. Anywhere from 20-60 APA members stay in cabins along the lake and enjoy in activities that include: swimming, water activities, stargazing, hiking, camp fires, mess hall style meals, bingo, bonding with APA members throughout California and of course an AICP approved program.

We offer our sincerest regret this event won't happen this year and don't worry we won't replace it with a virtual camping zoom meeting. Hope to see all of you next year!

-Karl Schoettler (APA Central Section Sequoia Retreat Chair)

PS. The photo of the cabins above is of the actual YMCA cabins that we stay in at the retreat.


2023 APA CA Annual Conference

It's official, due to the shake up in the conference schedules, the APA Central Section will be hosting the APA CA Annual Conference in 2023, which also happens to be APA CA's 75th Anniversary! This gives our chapter a great opportunity to increase membership, events and build up our capacity to host this special event in the Central Valley. We are always accepting boardmembers, volunteers and ideas. If you'd like to join our board and help coordinate this special event, please reach out to us.

More info on the State Conference can be found at:

NEW Diversity and Equity

We are very excited to announce that we have not one but two new boardmembers to fill in our vacant Diversity and Equity Chairs for the APA Central Section. Please welcome our two newest boardmembers, we are hoping to establish more events soon centered around this meaningful topic here in the Central Valley. Be on the lookout for more news on these two in the next newsletter. 
Mario A. Anaya
City of Tulare Planner

Casey Lauderdale
City of Fresno Planner

2020 APA Central Section
Planning Awards Winners

Three public agencies and their private firm consultant partners have been recognized for outstanding achievement in land use planning and best practices. The California Chapter Central Section of the American Planning Association has made the following awards:

Arvin Water Resources Element
Excellence and Achievement in Planning –
Best Practices Category

City of Arvin, Collins & Schoettler & Holloway, Planning Consultants and Arvin Community Services District

Transform Fresno
Excellence and Achievement in Planning –
Public Outreach Category

City of Fresno and Raimi + Associates

Le Grand Community Plan
Award of Merit in Planning –
Public Outreach Category

County of Merced and RRM Design Group

The American Planning Association, California Central Section Awards program encourages quality and innovation in land use planning and increases public awareness of the planning profession through the recognition of outstanding achievements and individuals in the planning field. The eleven county Central Section of the American Planning Association California Chapter is comprised of Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Stanislaus, Tulare and Tuolumne Counties.
The American Planning Association, or APA, is the national organization that sets performance standards for city, state and regional land use planning professionals through its educational programs. The APA provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in community planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and provides the tools and support necessary to effect positive change.

-Rob Terry (APA Central Section Awards Chair)

Free APA Student Membership

It’s easier and more affordable than ever for students and new planners to get started in APA. In fact, membership is now free for any student actively enrolled or matriculated in any university or college degree program. It remains free for the duration of an individual’s studies. “Free” includes APA, APA chapter, and AICP membership as well as membership in up to five APA divisions. Student members will be eligible for two years of reduced dues after ending their studies.

Our chapter would like to encourage current members to reach out to Central Valley community colleges, public and private universities in your area that have planning-related majors to help us increase our student involvement in the planning profession. Anyone on alumni boards or community college districts are welcome to contact Nicole Hoke our Student Programs Manager at to help plan student-centric programming in the Central Valley. 


APA 2020 Virtual Conference

This year's statewide virtual conference will be taking place September 14-16, 2020. APA California will be sharing details in the weekly eNews and on the conference website as they evolve.

Date(s) - Sep 14, 2020 - Sep 16, 2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Questions? Please contact Hanson Hom at
Check out our website!
Central Section Board
Jennifer Clark, AICP
Ralph Kachadourian
Eric VonBerg, MRP
Carolina Ilic, AICP
Ricky Caperton, AICP
Rob Terry, AICP
Karl Schoettler
Nicole Hoke
Victoria Chung, MURP
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