Section News

New Prep Program and Scholarships to help APA Central Section Members prepare for the AICP Certification Exam!!
Prepare for your AICP exam remotely - and even get help paying for it!  Click Here to learn more.

Short on funds to take the AICP exam?  The Central Section is offering two AICP scholarships.  Scholarships will be awarded on a “first-come, first-serve” basis.  Click Here to learn more.

Questions? Contact Carolina Ilic, APA CA Central Section Professional Development Officer, at 619-621-1499, or via email at

36th Annual Planning Commissioners Academy
at Sonoma State University

For Commissioners, Elected Officials, Professional Staff, and Community Members

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Presented by Sonoma State’s Department of Geography, Environment, and Planning; Center for Sustainable Communities; and Student Planning Association Co-Sponsored by the American Planning Association, Northern Calif. Section.

  • Schedule:

    • Check-in, continental breakfast 8:30am – 9:00am

    • Conference 9:00am – 1:00pm

CLICK HERE to register

YARTS Releases 2019 Summer Service Schedule
Travel to and from Yosemite utilizing public transit!

The Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) begins its summer schedule this week. Routes during the summer season include service from Mammoth Lakes, Sonora, and Fresno to Yosemite National Park in addition to the year-round service from Merced and Mariposa along Highway 140.  


For more information about YARTS, ticket prices, or the seasonal schedules, please visit or call (877) 989-2787.


2018 Central Section Sierra Retreat at Lake Sequoia

August 24-26, 2018  at Lake Sequoia

The Central Section will host the 26th Annual Sierra Retreat August 24-26 at Lake Sequoia in eastern Fresno County.  As with years past, the event continually provides a great family-friendly atmosphere for planners and their friends and loved ones from throughout the region and beyond.  

This year’s Professional Development Program will focus on the history of LAFCo’s and the role they play in the planning world, and will be lead by Fresno LAFO Executive Officer, David Fey.  The program will qualify for up to 2.5 AICP CM credits, and is open to all who attend the Retreat. 

A link to the Registration Form is below.  Questions about registration or the event can be addressed to Karl Schoettler, Retreat Coordinator via email at, or via phone at (559) 734-8737.  We hope to see you at the Lake this year!


Fresno State Offers New City and Regional Planning Degree

Fall Semester - 2017

Fresno State students can now earn a degree in city and regional planning. The Bachelor of Science degree program, effective in the fall 2017 semester, is the only such planning program in the Central Valley.

The new program, which replaces an option within the geography major that has been offered since 2014, will require completion of 120 units (including 42 units in major requirements).

Read the full announcement HERE.  For more information, please contact Lucero Benitez at 559.278.4381 or