California Planning Roundtable


California Planning Roundtable

Mission: California Planning Roundtable advances planning practice and influences policy through innovation and leadership to create healthy, prosperous and equitable communities. We are a resource for policy exploration, innovation and development for California planning to enhance the sustainability, equity and livability of California communities. CPR focuses on emerging policy issues with cutting edge solutions. Since our founding in 1981, the California Planning Roundtable has promoted inclusive communities and the importance that city and regional planning plays. Still, we acknowledge that planning policies, zoning that implements those policies, and public investment in facilities and infrastructure have had a history of both segregation and integration. We resist the former and embrace the latter for more equitable outcomes. In this spirit, the California Planning Roundtable seeks to overcome inequities that are a consequence of prejudice and recognize that Black Lives Matter.

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Promoting Effective Planning

CPR is committed to enhancing essential planning skills for practicing planners to promote effective planning. To accomplish this goal, CPR will offer interactive sessions and workshops at the APA California conference and other possible venues on core skills that may not be taught in typical planning curriculums,but are usually "lessons learned" through direct work experience. Possible workshop topics include strategic thinking, communication skills, project management, and effective community engagement and education.

What's New

The latest from the Roundtable

Planners4Health Virtual Summit

Normalizing Health in All Policies

July 23, 2021, 9 am-3 pm Registration is Free

The Planners4Health Virtual Summit is the annual event where planning and public health practitioners connect, network, learn and discuss issues impacting community health across California. This inclusive event is organized under the auspices of the California Chapter of the American Planning Association in collaboration with public agencies, private entities, professional organizations, academia and community based organizations. The summit will focus on the role of health-in-all-policies on climate resilience, housing and displacement, community safety and community organizing. Register at

Casitas Coalition ADU Best Practices Webinar Series

Please join the Casita Coalition on July 30 from 11 am-12:30 pm for the next in its series of webinars highlighting best practices in Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) from around the state Each month, the Coalition highlights innovative approaches that local ADU practitioners have used to make ADUs more accessible. This month, the spotlight is on the City of East Palo Alto, with a keynote from Senator Nancy Skinner and a presentation from the city's Housing Project Manager Rachel Horst and Derek Ouyang, Project Manager of the Stanford Future Bay Initiative. The webinar will also feature a live Q&A with a guest panel of ADU experts. Register here.

Planning To House California Beyond 2020

The lack of housing availability and affordability has reached crisis proportions in California. The conditions we experience today have been building over the last several decades largely due to limited production, particularly in coastal and urbanized areas. Read More...

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