CenCal APA’s 28th Annual Sierra Retreat — Register by 8/12/22!

Date(s) - Aug 26, 2022 - Aug 28, 2022
4:00 pm - 12:00 pm

The Central Section of CA APA is pleased to host the 29th Annual Sierra Retreat, scheduled for August 26th, 27th and 28th at Lake Sequoia in eastern Fresno County! This annual event continually provides a great family-friendly atmosphere for planners, their friends and loved ones from throughout the region and beyond to connect.

Hosted annually by the Central Section the last weekend of August at Camp Lake Sequoia, located just 2 miles before the entrance of Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park in Central California’s beautiful Sierra Nevada region; the Sierra Retreat offers a weekend getaway for APA members, their families and guests, to experience cherished time in the outdoors enjoying hiking, fishing, kayaking, swimming, campfires and relaxation in a natural setting. On Saturday morning, a professional development session (discussing a planning topic of interest) is presented, which allows for AICP credits. All meals and lodging are included with registration.

As always, a professional development session will be offered Saturday morning. This year’s session will be:

From the Broader State Scale to the More Detailed Neighborhood Level…Showcasing Progress on the Central Valley High Speed Rail Station Area Plans

Projected to start service in about 8 years along a 171-mile corridor between Merced and Bakersfield, the High-Speed Rail Authority has been working closely with local and regional partners in the Central Valley to prepare and implement station area plans in time for service deployment in 2030. This workshop will feature land use and transportation planners from the High Speed Rail Authority and the jurisdictions of Merced, Fresno, King/Tulare, and Bakersfield, showcasing the significant progress made over the last few years to create a sense of place at these multi-modal stations. Time is of the essence. While the engineers are building the rails and the Authority works to advance engineering and design to environmentally clear other project sections, our local planners are hard at work with their communities conducting virtual and in-person meetings to envision the ultimate layout of the stations that will reflect each community’s unique culture, spur more active transportation, create greater equity, and promote early site activation to stimulate economic activity. Come learn about the progress of the nation’s first high-speed rail program in our very own region… This workshop will be held outdoors in a beautiful setting facing Lake Sequoia!

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