City of Sacramento accepting applications for 2022 Planning Academy

In an effort to educate and engage Sacramento residents, business owners and community leaders in the City’s planning process, the City’s Community Development Department will soon be accepting applications for its 2022 Planning Academy.

The free, eleven-week virtual course, which begins March 7, 2022, provides participants with a background in the fundamentals of city planning and covers a broad spectrum of planning and development-related topics and issues.

“Planning Academy equips Sacramentans to become strong advocates for a well-planned community,” said Tom Pace, the City’s Community Development director. “Some of our graduates have gone on to serve on City commissions and even City Council.”

Topics include affordable housing, environmental justice, zoning and land use, inclusive economic development, transportation, and climate action planning.

“This is an exciting time to learn more about City Planning as the 2040 General Plan is soon to be completed and many other notable projects are happening in Sacramento,” said Greg Sandlund, City’s Planning Director. “Planning staff is looking forward to being back in the classroom virtually after not being able to provide this learning opportunity in 2021.”

More than three hundred Sacramento residents, business owners, and community leaders have graduated from the Planning Academy since its inception in 2002.

Classes will take place virtually over eleven weeknight evenings and in person on two Saturday mornings from March 7 to May 16, 2022, followed by a graduation and City Council special presentation.

Applications will open on Dec. 13, 2021 and will be due by 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022. Sacramento residents and business owners are invited to apply online. For a link to the application and more information about the Academy, visit the Planning Academy page.

For more information about the City of Sacramento Planning Academy, contact Laura Tuller, Associate Planner, at (916) 808-3546 or

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