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

Casitas Coalition ADU Best Practices Webinar Series

We're partnering with the Casitas Coalition to share best practices from around the state in promoting accessory dwelling units (ADUs). The next in its series of webinars is scheduled for Friday, November 19, 2021 at 11:00 am. The spotlight will be on the City of Oakland, with keynote speaker Mayor Libby Schaaf. You will also hear from Darin Ranelletti, Oakland's Policy Director for Housing Security, and representatives of Urban Planning Partners and Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services. Register at

APA Webinar on Retrofitting Bedroom Communities

December 17, 2021
10 - 11:30 am
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This webinar explores how cities and counties adjacent to major employment centers like San Francisco and Silicon Valley have plans for retrofitting bedroom communities to accommodate much needed housing growth and mobility expansion in a way that is equitable and sustainable, both environmentally and economically. Panelists will describe the challenges that MPOs face, as well as specific opportunities and programs they are working on to make positive changes. Speakers: Bernadette Austin, Christine Corrales, Kacey Lizon.

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...