Call for 2021 Award Nominations!

The 2021 APA Orange Section Awards call for nominations period is now open! We need your help in identifying and nominating outstanding planning projects, activities, and individuals in Orange County. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, April 2, 2021. Categories including awards for planners, elected officials and planning schools within Orange County. The 2021 Orange Section Award winners will be invited to proceed to the statewide competition. All applications must be submitted via Dropbox and include all required application materials.

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Scholarships Available to Support AICP Applicants

Are you interested in becoming AICP certified, but are concerned about the application costs? APA California is offering a limited number of scholarships to support individuals pursuing certification. Planners from diverse backgrounds and with a demonstrated financial hardship will receive priority funding. Scholarship recipients will receive a discount code that will reduce the cost of the AICP application, essays, and…

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Orange Section By-laws Update

The new year is for setting goals and updating the old! The APA Orange Section is following suit with an update to our Section By-Laws. In accordance with our Section by-laws, any proposed amendment to the by-laws shall be available to Section Membership for a 30 day review period. Please take a moment to review the proposed changes. Comments…

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CA Planning Roundtable and APA California Presents: 2021 Planning Leadership Academy

The California Planning Roundtable is excited to launch the 2021 Leadership Academy, in partnership with APA California. Registration is open now until December 27, 2020. This professional development program is targeted at mid-career professionals interested in leadership roles in their organizations. It was developed to help planners make an impact by learning directly from fellow change makers from across…

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Young and Emerging Planners Rebrand

Starting this October, the Orange County Young Planners Group (YPG) is now known as the Orange County Young and Emerging Planners (OC YEP)! This rebranding highlights APA’s goal of inclusivity for all emerging planners and others entering the field. As a part of our rebranding effort, we’ll be using our new logo as we work to create new opportunities…

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PDAOC 2020 Planning Officials Forum

Registration is now open, which can be completed via the following link: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/V8zFph9.  We hope that you and other planners are able to join us for this year’s event.  Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Forum will be hosted via Zoom and will occur over a series of three Thursdays between 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM.  The event is free but you must register (confirmation emails will…

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2020 Legislative Update Webinar Recording Available

On April 20, 2020, OC-APA hosted their Annual Legislative Update which was presented by Diana Varat and David Sow of RWG Law Firm.  Given the circumstances, we were very happy we were able to provide the update for free this year.  If you were not able to catch the webinar, the PowerPoint and video recording are provided below.

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Webinar: AICP Exam Study Session

Join the Los Angeles, Orange, and Inland Empire Sections for a joint AICP exam study session! This half-day training course will prepare planners who are already signed up to take the AICP exam in May, and those considering it in the near future. The study session will cover various topics including: history, theory, planning law, plan making and implementation,…

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Rancho Santa Margarita – RFP for Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Consultant

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita invites qualified firms to submit proposals to provide consulting services to update the City’s Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP). The City has received a Grant from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to prepare an update to the LHMP that will be adopted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). To be…

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