Get insight and practical solutions at the Planning Commissioners Academy

Nov 8, 2023

Planning commissioners must navigate some of the state’s most ambitious — and controversial — housing and environmental laws while balancing the needs of their community. Navigating this shifting landscape can be challenging for planning commissioners of all tenures. Whether you’re a first-time commissioner or just need a refresher, the Planning Commissioners Academy has you covered.

Taking place March 6-8 in Long Beach, the Academy provides city officials with information about the basic legal and practical framework planning commissioners work in, as well as emerging issues. All planning commissioners will bring back practical, applicable knowledge to their cities.

This year's Academy will cover a range of topics, such as managing public meetings, new housing laws, and objective design standards. The academy will also include introductory and advanced California Environmental Quality Act sessions. Additional information is available in the “schedule at a glance” section of the Academy webpage.    

Registration and hotel information 

Registration for the full academy starts at $675 for city officials from any League of California Cities member city. Conference registration includes admission to all educational sessions, the Wednesday reception, Thursday breakfast and lunch, Friday breakfast, and access to all program materials. The deadline to register is Feb. 28. Afterward, officials must register on-site if space is available. 

The 2023 Planning Commissioners Academy will be at the Hilton Long Beach, located at 701 W. Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach. The Hilton is seven miles from Long Beach Airport and offers discounted self-parking for guests staying at the hotel.

A limited number of hotel rooms are available at a reduced rate for conference attendees. The discounted hotel rate cut-off is Feb. 3, 2024. Hotels often sell out prior to the deadline, so reserve early! 

For more information, visit the Planning Commissioners Academy webpage. Please direct all registration questions or comments to Conference Registrar Megan Dunn. Please direct any other questions to Associate Manager, Event Program, Kayla Boutros.