From the Conference Co-Chairs

From September 15-18, 2019, the Central Coast Section and California APA welcome all interested planning professionals to the California APA Conference in Santa Barbara, which will be held at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. We look forward to welcoming private and public sector planners, management, various elected officials, decision makers, and interested members of the public at the conference in Santa Barbara, and we hope you enjoy exploring Santa Barbara’s beachfront and other attractions while you are here. With the theme of “A Resilient Future,” the conference aims to tackle pressing and relevant local and statewide issues, including climate change, housing, energy, transportation, diversity, sea level rise, sustainability, economy, and disaster and recovery.
Resiliency comes with many different definitions, all aimed at maintaining and improving what exists in our communities. In particular, the 2019 Conference Host Committee found the following definitions of resiliency to speak to planning and the theme of the 2019 conference: 
  • The ability to absorb disturbance and still retain basic function and structure, or “identity.” – Six Foundations 
  • The capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience. – 100 Resilient Cities 
  • The capacity of a system, be it an individual, a forest, a city or an economy, to deal with change and continue to develop. It is about how humans and nature can use shocks and disturbances like a financial crisis or climate change to spur renewal and innovative thinking. – Stockholm Resilience Centre 
  • The ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events. – National Academy of Sciences. 
We look forward to welcoming you at the conference and sparking conversation, debate, and discussion for A Resilient Future in your community and across California. For more information on the 2019 APA conference, please visit