Citizens Planning Association

of Santa Barbara County

County-wide advocates for wise, sustainable land-use.

Our Mission Statement

Citizens Planning Association (CPA) is a nonprofit grassroots organization that focuses on countywide land use issues. We advocate for the best standards of design and natural resource protection in order to maintain sustainable communities and protect the heritage of Santa Barbara County.

To further this mission we inform, educate, and engage with residents and decision makers; encourage citizen involvement; and serve as a watchdog for our priority objectives.

About Us

We are a nonprofit grassroots organization focusing on countywide land use issues.

We advocate for the best standards of design and natural resource protection in order to maintain sustainable communities and protect the heritage of Santa Barbara County.

Events

Monthly Events

1st Monday: Speakers Series, noon via zoom

1st Thursday: North County Land Use Committee Meeting: locations vary

2nd Wednesday: Board Meeting at the office or zoom

4th Wednesday:  South County Land Use Committee Meeting:  CPA office at noon 

No Events are currently scheduled

Get Involved

As a grassroots organization, to be strong and effective we need membership involvement.

There are a variety of opportunities to help make a difference in our community through volunteering at CPA.

Latest Letter

CPA Supports a Study Group to Help Care for City Trees
Dear Mayor Rowse and City Council members: Citizens Planning Association* has been a part of Santa Barbara’s planning processes since 1960. We have been credited – or criticized for standing up for what we consider good planning. What is good planning, we’ve often been asked? It’s the forethought that takes into consideration our city’s history, its present and the hoped-for sustainable future, especially considering our changing climate … where trees play an important mitigating role. The bottom line of ‘good planning’ is the general (and specific) plans developed for and with the agreement of the community! An example is the City of Santa Barbara Urban Forest Management Plan, adopted by the City...
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