San Ramon Citizen’s Planning Academy now accepting applications

Six-week course demonstrates how city planning shapes the community

The city of San Ramon has opened applications for its Citizen’s Planning Academy, which teaches residents about how city officials plan for new parks, businesses, housing and transportation, among other important aspects of city governance.

The six-week course is created to show how the city goes through the planning process for certain projects and to encourage more participation from members of the community in the future.

City officials say the academy is an excellent way to encourage San Ramon residents to apply as participants and become more involved in how they can shape their community.

Each week the academy will focus on a specific topic such as Planning 101, the Land Use Balance and Zoning 101, to name a few. Sessions will contain a discussion and presentation on the day's given topic, Q&A with city officials and a city tour, along with special presentations from city staff, local architects, planning professionals and planning commissioners.

The course will culminate with a mock planning commission meeting, where participants will be assigned roles such as the planning commissioners, developers and residents. After this final event, residents will be recognized by the City Council in a public meeting and praised for their efforts.

Applicants must be 18 years or older to apply and must have the application completed by Wednesday (Aug 14). The academy is only limited to 20 applicants and residents will be notified of acceptance into the course by mid-August. Classes will take place on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 9 p.m. as well as one Saturday morning for a city tour.

Any questions about the application process and the course can be sent to associate planner Ryan Driscoll at or 973-2560.

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