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The Citizen’s Planning Academy is a six week course designed to educate and engage residents in the City’s planning process and demonstrate how planning shapes our community. The course objective is to assist participants in becoming more familiar with the City of San Ramon planning process and to encourage future participation.

Sessions are designed to include discussion, presentations, Q&A, and a field trip. Presenters/speakers include City staff, local architects, planning professionals, and Planning Commissioners.

Except for one Saturday morning tour, classes will take place on Monday evenings from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The course concludes with a Mock Planning Commission Meeting for a theoretical project, where the participants serve as the Planning Commission, developers, staff, and residents. The Citizen’s Planning Academy members will be recognized before the San Ramon City Council.

Details for 2018 Course coming soon.  


Week 1: September 18, 2017 Planning 101 - Nuts and Bolts
Week 2: September 25, 2017 The Land Use Balance - Planning for Housing, Transportation, and Open Space
Week 3: October 2, 2017 Zoning 101 and the Environmental Review Process
Week 4: October 9, 2017 The Development Review Process Demystified
October 14, 2017 Bus Tour at 9:00 a.m.
Week 5: October 16, 2017 The Planning Process Real Time
Week 6: October 23, 2017 Mock Planning Commission Hearing
November 14, 2017 City Council Recognition

Debbie Chamberlain, Planning/Community Development Director at or (925) 973-2566.